Sewing Ministry is Changing Lives in Guatemala

For several years our partners at Casita Adonai in Guatemala have dreamed of offering women in their community opportunities to learn a trade that would allow them to support their families.  After much discussion and prayer it was determined that sewing classes would be a perfect fit!

In the Spring of 2012 Shady Grove Wesleyan Preschool in Colfax, NC wanted to use their annual Trike A Thon to support a project at Casita Adonai.  We told them about the need for a Sewing Ministry and they jumped at the chance to help!  This little school raised almost $1000 which enabled us to purchase 6 sewing machines, tables, chairs, and supplies to get the ministry started!

Around the same time Mackenzie Campbell-Hunt was looking for a special project for her 10th Birthday Party.  Instead of bringing gifts, Mackenzie asked her guests to bring new pillow cases to be used by the Moms in the sewing class.

Sherrie, Oneida, and Lea Ann
Our Summer Family Team partnered with our friend, Oneida who is a leader in the church, Iglesia Adonai, to offer a week of classes to a total of 12 ladies. Most of them have children at the school, (Casita Adonai) and are in desperate need of learning a trade so that they can support their families. We were all shocked at how quickly the ladies learned the machines and by the end of the week they had made pillow case dresses and draw string bags!  They also worked together to sew a new banner for the church. 

The ladies will continue with their lessons for three months, taught by Oneida.  They will meet several times a week for prayer, devotions, and lessons.  Oneida's heart is to teach them to pray before they start sewing so that when they start their own business they will be in the habit of praying before they start working!

Each lady will make a certain amount of product that Caroline's Promise will purchase from them.  A portion will go into their account and the other part will be donated to the construction of the new school building.  Money from their account will be combined with money we receive in sponsorship and at the end of the classes each lady will receive a new sewing machine, Women's Devotional Bible and supplies to get her started on her own business.

A Mom from the first class with a pillow case dress she made!

This is a beautiful image of partnership....several groups working together to provide a life changing ministry to the moms of our kids at Casita Adonai!  You can be a part of that partnership by sponsoring one of the ladies.  Visit our Donation Page and choose one time gift of $100, Guatemala Orphan Project Fund, and put "Sewing" in the comment box.  Our first class will graduate in December and we will gladly send you a photo of the woman that you sponsored!

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