I thought I would let Dee tackle this post on sharing about the sewing seminars that we held in Asikuma. The idea to do this came to me about 2 weeks prior to our departure to Ghana. Dee was the PERFECT person to head it up. I love how God uses all our different gifts and talents to make an impact here...from construction to sewing....it's all important. Here is more, in Dee's own words:
When I set out on this journey to Ghana I prayed for the Lord to reveal to me what my purpose would be while there. It became clear that the Lord wanted me to use my gifts and talents to help make connections with the people of Asikuma so that I could share God’s love and compassion with them. On August 4th the second day there at the village, my daily devotions from 'Jesus Calling' by Sarah Young had the most appropriate devotions for the beginning of the journey in Asikuma:
“Hold my hand and walk joyously with me through this day. Together we will savor the pleasures and endure the difficulties it brings. Be on the lookout for everything I have prepared for you: stunning scenery, bracing winds of adventure, cozy nooks for resting when you are weary, and much more. I am your Guide as well as your constant companion. I know every step of the journey ahead of you, all the way to heaven.
You don’t have to choose between staying close to Me and staying on course. Since I am the the Way, staying close to Me is staying on course. As you focus your thoughts on Me, I will guide you carefully along today’s journey. Don’t worry about what is around the next bend. Just concentrate on enjoying My presence and staying in step with me.”
The journey actually started back in June when I decided to go to Ghana. I asked the women of my church to help make dresses for the little girls of the village. There was overwhelming support by the women not only from Chapel (my home church) but also friends and family members of mine. God was preparing my heart as well as others for the mission project at hand.
Then a couple weeks before going, Janel asked if I would like to do a sewing seminar with the women of the village. This was exciting to me since I am a Family Consumer Science teacher who teaches Fashions (and the sewing component). It was also exciting because now I would have a specific purpose and avenue to interact and talk with the women of the village. People at home were not only generous to make dresses but they also donated fabric, ribbon and seam binding tape for the project. I went with 50 lbs of dresses, fabric and supplies in my suitcase ready for the sewing project. Now I needed to trust the Lord for this project to happen…
The first day of the seminar we (Janel, Amy, Kellee, and myself) started off down the road from the hotel to the school with a large suitcase filled with fabric. Christian, a boy from the village, offered to pull the suitcase the long walk to the school. I am sure the village people were talking about what these four white women could possibly be carrying in this suitcase going across town.
When we arrived at the school the children soon started swarming into the classroom (literally standing on the tables in their excitement) wondering what we were going to pull out of our bags or talk to them about.
The Lord taught me through sewing to have compassion for His people. He taught me to be resourceful with what is provided. The Lord taught me that you can share the gospel with others by showing your love and concern for them. The Lord taught me to keep my eyes open to whatever the Lord is calling you to do and you will be blessed throughout the journey.
After the seminars we would walk the journey home to the hotel - our “cozy nook” - for a bit of rest before the next adventure.
Matthew 25: 35-36, 40
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."