On Monday evening 11 ladies and one man gathered at Vida Abundante Church with lots of enthusiasm. They all were anxious to learn about crafts our volunteers make. While we enjoy crafts as a hobby, they were hoping this might be a way to raise funds for for a church building. This fellowship currently meets in an open air space covered by a tin roof.
Becky and Diane taught the group to repurpose fabric scraps to make flowers that can be used in many ways from shoe decorations to jewelry. Ilene and Sandy taught them how to make beads from rolled strips of newspaper. Nuria, Karen, and Sara helped translate during the classes and even Sara’s husband threw himself into the project.
These crafts hold great hope for these women. They plan to sell them on the town square to raise money for a permanent church building with a real learning center.
One woman came back the next day to show us that she had gone home and immediately put her new skills to work. She had made absolutely beautiful flowers to attach a train to a wedding dress.
The flowers were not the only thing blooming. Fellowship blossomed between cultures, skills grew, and hope bloomed for a better life for this tiny church and its families. ~ Diane from Nebraska.
Date: February 7, 2013