Each January a class of 15-20 ladies from local churches, Happy Tummies Moms, and non-believers from the community are selected to participate. This gives us a chance to reach those who don't know Jesus yet and also to help those who do to grow in their faith. The non-believers are able to get to know believers from their community whom they can reach out to for prayer, advice, and other things. This is our number one goal, for people to know and share the love of Christ.
We meet once, twice, sometimes more, each month. Each time we meet we have Bible Study, prayer time, and work on a specific sewing project. We try to provide students with materials (fabric, buttons, ribbon, etc.) as often as we can.
Towards the end of October, a graduation ceremony is held to present each student with her sewing machine and a diploma/certificate stating they successfully passed the course. Each student attends the ceremony accompanied by her family and afterwards we serve everyone a meal. It is so overwhelming to see and hear the pride experienced by these women in sharing this joyful time with their families. To see them smile so big, knowing they now have a way of providing for their children, is indescribable. The best part, however, is watching throughout the year how each woman grows in her walk and faith in the Lord.