More Sewing Graduates

african bags global bag project sewing graduatesWe had a wonderful day yesterday. I am still ovewhelmed at the joy I saw from the women who were graduating. I did not know this meant so much for them. I believe that they felt that they are no longer spectators in life, but participants in developing their lives. All women who were training including Mary Nduta (our first seamstress and designer) came with their families to witness their graduation.

At around one in the afternoon in our usual meeting place — the Domestic Science room of the African International University, 11 women walked proudly to receive their well–deserved certificate. Completely dressed in a ceremonial gown and cap they made for themselves, each one of them held up their certificate to the applauding crowd. I had told them that God would be visiting us in a very special way that morning — God visiting to affirm his love and care. Through their smiles, laughter and happy chatter with relatives, I could tell God had visited and broken down the strongholds of despair and shame.

Their dream to own the first asset in the form of a sewing machine came true. The members of the Board, Jeremiah, Jared and Priscilla, together with Esther Hall, Pastor Amani (who preached) and George Ogalo surrounded the women in prayer. We also shared lunch together.

Would you like to donate toward a sewing machine to replace the ones given to graduating seamstresses? We will soon have another eight women learning to sew. The cost for an industrial–strength, dual–powered (electrical and foot pedal) machine is $300 (24,000 kenya shillings). We award a sewing machine to each woman who graduates so that they can set up a cottage industry in their own homes, taking work from clients, one of which is the Global Bag Project. You can donate using PayPal on the Web site, or you can write a check to GBP and mail it to Box 30, Wheaton, IL 60187.

God bless you for the prayers and support we receive from you.