Church of Christ India Mission Work Santha Elizabeth sewing machine center

Greetings to all from South India!

I am Sunil "Erik" Raju Gollapalli, gospel preacher, with the Church of Christ India Mission Work in Andhra Pradesh, South India. I would like to introduce you to a very important member and worker in our mission work.

Meet Sister Santha Suhasini

This is Santha Suhasini, my dearly beloved mother, and a devoted worker in our gospel mission work. Santha does many good works for the Lord, including teaching regularly scheduled women's Bible classes in our congregations, cooking and providing meals for poor preachers and members of our congregations, and operating a sewing center for the widows and poor church women in our congregations. It is the sewing center that is the topic of this web story.

Years ago, Santha recognized a great need for clothing for many of the old widows and poor women in the congregations. The Church of Christ India Mission Work sometimes provided sarees to the women to help them with this need. However, Santha wanted to do more to help the old widows and poor women in the congregations .

There is an old Chinese Proverb that says, " Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

Santha wanted to help the women in the congregations to be more self-sufficient in providing clothing for themselves and their families. She decided the best way to do this was to teach the women sewing skills so they would be able to sew their own clothing for themselves and their families. In addition, by teaching these women the skills of sewing, Santha believed she would be providing them with a potential source for earning additional income to help support themselves and their families.


Santha decided to establish a sewing machine training center for the old widows and poor women in the congregations. She began saving her personal money toward this goal.

Santha had soon saved enough money to buy two sewing machines for the center. Later, she was able to purchase three more with help from her husband's retirement fund, giving her a total of five sewing machines for the training center.


Santha' first sewing machine training sessions began ten years ago and had four women to be trained .

The women were very happy and excited to be given the opportunity to learn new skills that would enable them to help provide clothing for themselves and their family members.


Santha conducted the training sessions one day per week over the course of several months.

Once these first four women were trained, Santha began a new training class with five more women from the congregations.


Over the past ten years, Santha has provided sewing machine training for approximately fifty old widows and poor women from the congregations.


Currently, there are five women being trained in the sewing machine training center. The number of women that can be trained at one time is limited to five due to the number of available sewing machines at the center.


Santha conducts the training sessions one day per week over the course of approximately ten months or until the women acquire sufficient sewing machine skills.


In addition to sewing machine skills, Santha provides all sewing materials and supplies that the women will need during the training sessions.

Santha provides breakfast and lunch for the women during the training sessions, as well.


Santha also provides traveling expenses for the women and gifts them with a little money.

Of upmost importance, Santha also provides spiritual encouragement and gospel lessons as the trainings are being conducted.

The women enjoy the sewing training sessions and are very happy to be learning new sewing skills that will help them provide clothing for themselves and their families and an extra source of income for some.


There are many more women from the congregations who are interested in learning sewing machine skills.

However, the training is limited to only five participants at one time due to the limited number of sewing machines at the center.

Santha has set some goals to meet the current needs of the training center and the women who attend.

Santha would like to increase the frequency of the training centers from one day per week to at least 3 days per week. This increase in frequency would result in the need for additional funding for meals and traveling expenses for the women.

Santha would also like to increase the number of women who can attend training sessions at one time from five to ten. This would require the purchase of five additional sewing machines.

Santha also has a dream of gifting all women who complete the training sessions with a sewing machine of their own. Having ready and easy access to their own sewing machine would truly go a long way to help the women who complete the training to become self-sufficient in using their newly-acquired skills for the purposes of sewing clothing for themselves and their family members and sewing for others in order to earn extra income to help support the daily needs of their families.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this web story about Santha Elizabeth Sewing Machine Training Center. It has been a great blessing for us to be able to share it with you.

If you would like to know more about the Church of Christ India Mission Work and the gospel work we are doing in our area, please visit our website or Facebook page at the links below.




Proverbs 31:13 (NKJV) 13 She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.

Proverbs 31:18 (NKJV) 18 She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night.

Proverbs 31:19 (NKJV) 19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.

Proverbs 31:22 (NKJV) 22 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Proverbs 31:24 (NKJV) 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants.

Proverbs 31:25 (NKJV) 25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.

Proverbs 31:27 (NKJV) 27 She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:29 (NKJV) 29 "Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all."

Proverbs 31:31 (NKJV) 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.

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Sunil Erik Gollapalli


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