Threads of a New Life

Every person has a purpose and is valued by God. In many cultures, women are not as highly valued as they should be. Our partners are committed to empowering women to reach their full potential and to be confident in their value to God and in society. 

To this end, several of our ministry partners offer education and training programs for women. In many of the countries where they operate, circumstances such as the HIV/AIDs epidemic, civil war, or abandonment have left a number of women alone and, thus, the sole providers for their families. In Uganda, Kerith Ministry offers agricultural training, computer classes, and sewing classes. Sewing classes are offered by Sion Assembly in India. And in DR Congo, women may receive training in English, sewing, and basket weaving. 

Below, you will read two testimonies of how this training has transformed the lives of women. As these women begin to learn new skills, provide for their families, and train others, the impact of your support is exponential! 

Sion Assembly Church, India 

Sailaja Nandeti 

My name is Sailaja Nandeti. My husband, Prem Kumar, and I have two children, Joe and Joice, I studied up to high school and then had to leave my studies to marry my husband. I was just a teenager when I got married. I was a housewife and was working in my house, preparing meals for my family, cleaning dishes, and washing clothes – the basic work as a housewife. My husband was the only earning member of the family. With two children and my mother-in-law, it was very difficult to run and provide for the family. 

When I heard about the sewing training center at SAC Ministries, I applied for training classes. Once I began my studies, I learned how to stitch uniforms for the school children, learned making frocks, tops, and long skirts, as well as ghagras, punjabi, and sari dress making (traditional Indian women’s outfits). 

Now, I am able to stand on my own feet and earn some money for my family. I am looking for more opportunities to get my own work shop. I want to train more women like me who are housewives and completely dependent on their husband’s income. 

I thank SAC Ministries and Pastor Rajendra for giving me the opportunity to learn tailoring skills through this training program. It gives me strength and courage to stand on my own feet, be self sustaining, and help others who are in financial need by teaching them tailoring.

Union of Baptist Churches, DR Congo 

Kavira Kasumba Nathaly 

My name is Kavira Kasumba Nathaly, and I am from Goma. I was born into in a pagan family, but at the age of 17, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I currently live with my family of seven people. 

In February 2016, I joined the sewing center at UBC and earned my certificate after six months of training. Just two months later, I was able to open my own shop and begin working on my own and earning money to help provide for my family. I operate my business from a small tent sheet house (pictured right). I have purchased two sewing machines, and now, I am training other ladies to sew! 

I am so grateful to the staff of the sewing center for the free training that I received. I am trusting that God will continue to grow my business so that I can help other young women.