We've got an awesome group of women who are part of our sewing class! Over the last several months, they've been learning to create purses, lanyards, headbands, towels and more under the leadership of our creative and talented sewing instructors. Their skillsets are expanding - but unfortunately, the amount of time they get to spend sewing is really limited. None of them owns a machine, so class time is their only chance to sew. And that's not enough. The class is currently only able to meet 2-3 times each month.
As the women learn skills, we'd really like them to be able to get more practice time. We're also hoping that these sewing skills can be a possible income generator for them in the future. For that to take place, they'll need their own machines. Class time alone just doesn't cut it.
To facilitate this end goal, we're embarking on a sewing machine earning program. For each class the students attend, the cost of the sewing machine goes down a certain amount. When they've attended 10 classes, they'll be able to purchase their own machine for $10.
Here's how you can help: In the next few weeks, we're going to introduce a sewing machine sponsorship program. You'll be able to give $5, $10, $15 or whatever amount you want to help make owning a machine a reality for each of our students. More than that, you'll be providing a way for them to develop and grow in their skills! We've got more to say and will provide more details in the very near future! Stay tuned...[. . .]
A book that has had a powerful impact on my life is When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. This book, along with Tim Keller's Generous Justice, helped me realize that one, it's incredibly important for Christians to be involved in poverty alleviation; and two, many of the strategies and even underlying attitudes we bring to the table in this quest are hurtful.
I could write quite a bit about all I learned from the book (and might in a future post), but you'll gain more hearing directly from the authors! If you live in the Charlotte area, you'll have that chance. Dr. Brian Fikkert will be conducting a seminar on March 1st, from 8:30-4:30. You must register here and tickets are $40. If you are interested at all in poverty issues, the seminar will be well worth your time.
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