Saturday, March 15, 2014

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank

Karen is holding a sewing seminar next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for widows from five of our churches.  Friends of Karen have given her five sewing machines to give to these widows so that they can earn an income and make clothes for themselves and their families.  These are actually live-saving gifts, but they aren’t worth much without learning how to use them properly, maintain them, and take care of them.  Karen will teach them how to use local cloth (even taking them shopping in town and letting them pick out the cloth they want) to make clothes, school uniforms, and to repair the clothes they already own.  Some of the money these women will earn will also go to the churches they attend, allowing these widows to contribute for the first time which is very important to them.  In addition, grandchildren of my cousin in Texas, have given us the money to buy breeding goats to give to widows.  Every widow who comes to this workshop will go home with a sewing machine and at least one breeding goat.  The goats also provide income, food, and can produce up to four goats a year for each family.  All we ask is that after two years, the widows give one goat to another widow, so she can benefit from the love that provided the goats in the first place.  These sewing machines (and the training that comes with them) and the goats are gifts from God that keep on giving.  It is impossible to underestimate the value of these gifts for these women.  If there really was a Clarence, angel second class (from “It’s A Wonderful Life”) the people who gave these sewing machines and goats would get a wild ride around Tanzania seeing all the many people and families who lives were touched in such a wonderful way by these special gifts.  All we can say is, “God bless each and every one of you who gave of yourselves by giving these sewing machines and breeding goats.”  God smiles through people like you, and we love you.
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