a local teacher. It is incredible to see the things our ladies are making after just a year or two of classes. Though initially we had wanted to give classes for free, we were unable to find support from the government to make that possible, and the ladies pay S/.33 a month.
the team from Wheaton Bible Church this year, are welcome to participate.
Last year some of the ladies received loans to purchase machines, and some have started working with the teacher, who makes uniforms for schools and companies. Others are sewing for their families, and are beginning to sell products to their extended families and neighbors.
In addition to economic fruits, spiritual fruits have also come through the sewing program. The teacher was baptized this July, and her pre-teen daughter has recently expressed interest in studying the Bible. Two other women have been studying with Grace or I over the last year, one of whom has begin to attend church, decided to marry her daughter's father, and is growing in her faith and convictions. Each week Grace leads the women in short devotionals, and even those who do not consider themselves Christians, or who are decidedly culturally Catholic, listen respectfully and sometimes participate.
Grace, Cesar, and the people from SSI have put a lot of work and time into building this program and keeping it running. Few things have gone according to plan, and the program we have today is not remotely what was imagined three years ago, but God's hand and provision has been evident all along the way.