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"Lord equip us to teach those in need, that which would be pleasing to You.  Restore dignity, sense of purpose, and hope, as they learn new skills and grow; so they too can become givers after recieving a hand-up, not a hand-out.  May they know that the motivation of our action is Your love for them and it is Your will that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Amen."

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2005 October Kenya Mission
Wow!  Amazing!  Awsome!  Wonderful!
Praise Him, Glory to God.  Love Him more than ever!
The Power of the Holy  Spirit is overwhelmingly at work through Threads of Hope in Kenya.  Our mission in October confirms His Holy presence in the ministry we were sent to do.
Thank you for sending us with the "Word" and supplies to help change lives.  I just want to give you all that's being done rolled up at once in a big ball.  There is so much to share because Threads of Hope Africa is expanding tremendously in Kenya.  We now have thoroughly established 3 training centers and began a 4th in Maasi-land. We also have an African Administration in Naiobi.  Wait till you read a Maasai widows' testimony later in this letter!
We began our mission in Nairobi.  We had a meeting with the Board of the Nairobi Pentecostal Church where we introduced our administrator for Threads of Hope-Africa, Brother Yaw Boaten, a member of their church.
We began our training the first week at an orphanage in Keserian, NPC Children's Home, where we brought them their first industrial Serger machine.
We taught the "pant pattern making system", and added fabric and other sewing items to their inventory.  They now have learned how to make cusions for the furniture they are building.  I also taught them how to make hammocks to sell.
200 miles further north, we did a similar training at our TOH-Africa Training Center in Nakuru; at all Nations Church.  We brought 2 new sergers (interlocking sewing machines) for their training center.  Since last year's mission trip they have been busy making choir robes, garments, household items, and schools uniforms to sell.  I presented a "Certificate of Achievement" to Joyce, the leader of the center.  She graduated from our center in Keserian in May.  She was sponsored by Threads of Hope to travel there for 2 months training along with 4 Maasai ladies.  Many of you helped with this partnership.
200 miles further to the Southwest....completing our training mission was an awesome experience.  We brought more fabric and 4 more sewing machines to two Maasai villages Niagarra and Ngaswani.  Since las year's visit, several widows have opened a sewing and tailoring business, and have begun to train other widows.  One Maasai widows' testimony I caught on tape:
"I thank God for Threads of Hope and all concerned to come to us.  I am a widow and was desperate before you came here.  Many of us believe in Jesus now for all He is doing for us.  We thank God and you and Threads of Hope.  Now we can feed our families with the income from from the sewing machines and training."
At our last stop in Maasai-land, chief Taek and Pastor William Luka ran swiftly to our vehicle as we drove in.  They were excited to show me the stone they placed on the spot where we gathred to pray last year when I was there with the team.  They told me the whole community will never forget this occasion because God has now answered that prayer.  This very spot (center of 50 acres) is where a geologist recently found the only place to drill a well for reachable underground water. "Remember we stood in a large circle and prayed", they said, "Now we will get water right here instead of having to carry it 5 miles.  We have 3 new buildings and the women have a sewing business to earn a living.  God is with us."
One of the women we sponsored was a Muslim before her sewing training.  She has now become a Christian and is teaching others how to sew on the machines we brought out.
Not only is God providing sewing machines and training for the widows and orphans to earn a living; but He is providing "Living water-His Word" that is set in the hearts and minds of those he sent us to minister to.
This Christmas, please pray for the widows and orphans we are sent to bless and remember a love offering to Threads of Hope.    Your contribution will help us to continue expanding ministry in Africa and will wrap the world with threads of hope!
Privileged in His service,
Al Barrett,
Director, Threads of Hope
1297 Bayshore  Blvd.
Dunedin, FL  34698
Tel:  (727) 403-2033
Fax: (727) 796-7769

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