Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sewing Stories: Stitching together the kingdom

Grace and Cesar have worked hard over the last few years in trying to get our sewing school up and running. There have been countless meetings and empty positive vibes and meaningless promises. There have been plans a, b, c, . . . t, u, v,  . . . and only after months of trying different things did the school settle into its current modus operandi. 

Finding a teacher for the school between SSI classes was one of those things that took time. After a few false starts, a friend connected Grace with "Teacher." A seamstress by trade, she seemed the ideal candidate to be put in charge of teaching the students. We did not know that God was also working in her life, using her daughter’s illness and other external factors to turn her towards him. Once again God’s perfect timing met need with need in a remarkably choreographed dance.
As the sewing class met during the year, Grace walked with them through the Gospel of John for a few minutes each night. Teacher loved to read and always volunteered answers to Grace’s questions. She began coming to church in January, gave her life to Christ on Good Friday, and is now studying the Bible regularly with Grace outside of the sewing devotional times. Teacher has proven an answer to our prayers at the same time that our church is an answer to hers!

Teacher faces a struggle with her family: leaving the Catholic Church often leads to ridicule and rejection because Catholicism is as much culture as it is religion here in our community. She has shared her decision with family and friends, and despite the lack of support she receives, she is hungry for more of God’s Word. She seeks to live out the things she is learning, and longs for her husband and two children to know Christ. We are praying that Teacher’s testimony would soften the hearts of her family members.
Teacher is also one of the recipients of a micro-credit loan that she hopes to use to grow her business where she primarily makes sweatsuits - used by schools and businesses for uniforms. We are privileged to have found Teacher to both work with us and become a new friend. 

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