One of the ministries that our ministry tries to support is Gidan Bege. It is basically a ministry that teaches and trains widows how to sew. They undergo a year of discipleship that teaches them the Word and trains them and gives them and their children a place to stay. After that year, they are given the gift of a sewing machine and encouraged to go back to their village to start their own shop. It is amazing what these women can do. Now, realize this is coming from a woman who can BARELY sew on a button. But, we all play our part in the bigger picture.
We take short-term mission groups to Gidan Bege when they arrive to buy skirts, aprons, purses and bags, journals, etc… And they also make whatever you want if you come in with an idea. These ladies have personally made all of our curtains in our home and our throw pillows and whatever Nigerian clothes we have, they have made. We are blessed by their friendship, as well as their giftings and talents.
The pictures are of their working area (you will notice nothing is done with power), the shop where they sell their items, and their “office” where they store extra material and items that are ready for pick up. One thing that I find interesting is that the location where they are currently living, in the past, was once a brothel. How cool is that this ministry bought it and has now redeemed what was once used as evil and is now being used for good. I love the idea that God can even redeem land. I look forward to when you come visit us, that you too, can buy something in this little shop.