Small Offerings That Make a Big Difference
San Diego, California
My story is not very unique -- but maybe that's good, since you need so many ordinary seamstresses who feel called to Sew Powerful!
I actually joined Cinnamon's sewing blog in order to get some free doll clothes patterns. I read her email faithfully each week, but making the detailed doll clothes did not really appeal to me. Then one day recently, Cinnamon wrote, "I'm in Zambia!" I watched the video and was immediately drawn to this project which makes such a difference in girls' lives. Listening to the students talking on the video, I thought, "This has to be a Christian school." Then I found out that Jason Miles had worked for World Vision, where my husband and I have sponsored kids for many years.
I love to sew, so I felt that God was calling me to do this right away. I downloaded the "Intermediate" purse pattern, found some coordinating fabric, and started sewing. My first two purses were sort of mirror-images of each other. Since then I've made 8 purses, with more cut out. My original goal was to make 10 - 12 purses by the November deadline, but I can see that I'll be able to make more! Each purse is cuter than the others, according to my family, and it is fun to decorate each one uniquely.
I thank God for leading me to Sew Powerful. I'm a retired teacher who takes care of three grandchildren, but I love having something to sew (and I'm not interested in sewing quilts.) I don't really need to sew clothes for my grandkids, as I did for my own children, since I volunteer at our church's (very nice!) thrift store and get plenty of clothes for them there. And their dolls don't need more clothes, either -- although that is what introduced me to Sew Powerful in the first place.
Now when I meet someone, I usually ask, "Do you sew?" I find that seamstresses are instantly drawn to the cute purses ... and then to the ministry of serving girls with such a necessary item. Hopefully, the girls in Zambia will treasure a handmade gift made with love and care. It is shocking how little these girls have. I trust that God can use our small offerings to make a big difference in their lives.