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 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.