Sewing School

P:31 Sewing Ministry

Proverbs 31: (10,24,30) Who Can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is above rubies. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes…Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Sylvia Smith is from Conyers Georgia and started in Nicaragua building houses in 2011. Her sewing skills helped her but she felt that was not the best use of her skill set. So after bathing it in prayer she felt led to start the P:31 Sewing Ministry with Danelia Baltodano. The hope was to provide long-term income for the graduates of the program with just a little upfront cost. Thanks to the Baltodano Family, they settled into a classroom at the Donna Holland School with a formal teaching program. Fast-forward to today and there are two classes, five days a week. The 1st year students have class from 8-10am and 2nd year students from 10-12am. The afternoons are open to allow the women to work on projects to sell; and prayers are for short-term after school classes for girls and boys. The sewing school employs a full time teacher and administrator with a part time principal. Along with teaching sewing in the school they also study God’s Word together and are encouraged to grow spiritually. After completing the program the students receive a diploma allowing them to work as a seamstress along with a sewing machine for their home based business. This ministry is done under EQUIP, a 501c-3 in Georgia to help keep up with funds coming in and disperse them properly in Nicaragua. The yearly budget for this ministry is $7200 and does not include the majority of materials needed and sewing machines for graduates of the program. I wanted to spotlight this ministry to make you aware of it and allow you to help if you feel led. The first and most important thing you can do is pray. Pray for Sylvia, Danelia and this ministry; work for the graduates; the students learning right now, and the future students of this ministry. If you are planning a trip to Nicaragua and have a little extra space in you suitcase, contact Sylvia and see what you could bring to donate to this ministry. If you feel led to give another way please contact Sylvia and she can share some other needs this ministry has.

Sylvia Smith  email sylvia@equip-ministries.com