Because of the steadfast love of God’s people, we were able to host two more graduations that were very special to Teresa and I will share why in just a moment.
I hasten to say that EVERY graduation is a wonderful event! We’re taking (through the grace of God) former slave women who were in cruel bondage all of their lives and watching them turn into joyful Christian business women! When we are viewing the graduations, we spot women we saw on the brick field, such as the three shown here. We marvel at God’s grace.
WHY THESE WERE SO SPECIAL TO US PERSONALLY
We had one graduation on our 41st wedding anniversary with a special cake made for us. Then we had a second cake on our last graduation for Teresa’s birthday and with birthday presents! How thoughtful of them. I’m often touched by the humility of these women. In this last graduation, they met with us at our convenience — meaning they were at this graduation and celebration at 1:30 am. They had to ride two hours to the center by rickshaw or oxcart and then two hours back.
THEY ARE EXTENDED FAMILY!
They treat us like parents — they are our extended family. As we continue with this program, we are amazed at their love, appreciation and deep longing to see us. We feel the same way about them. They are not only the body of Christ, but sometimes like flesh and blood family.
The apostle Paul brings this out in II Corinthians 9: 9-14. It’s a powerful study. I would encourage you to read it over and over especially if you help the poor as a lifestyle.
II Corinthians 9:13-14
13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers. This will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.
14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.
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In our most recent newsletter, we are sharing the need of God’s people to stand with us in these graduations. If you are new to our program, it will provide a little more detail that I think you will find helpful. The graduations only cost $100 per graduate. It has to be the greatest deal we know of as it’s also the gift that keeps on giving. Meaning– once you give this gift it’s like a seed and never stops blessing people. These women are full of good works. They make clothes for prisoners during class. After they graduate, they train their family members the art of being a seamstress. They tithe and they have special prayer meetings. They are missionary seamtresses.
Can you imagine sending a missionary to the field for a one time gift of $100? Yes, the Lord has made it possible. Let us know how many missionaries you would like to send and join in the blessings.
II Corinthians 9:9
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”