THREADS OF HOPE
A Ministry of
Greetings in the name of our savior. We hope the joy of the Lord is with you this Holiday Season!
of Hope has gained amazing momentum during this past year, thanks to your support and prayers. Some of you know we took
a team to Kenya this summer for an awesome time of ministry. It was our 6th trip, and we are now seeing abundant fruit
from our mission trips there.
We established a sewing training center in the Keserian Children's
Home and equipped two other areas to begin additional centers. As I write, all these locations are actively sewing to
earn income, AND, they are beginning to write back that they want to reach out to all of Kenya and surrounding countries!
since we returned, I have come in contact with a couple from Madagascar who are now in Nairobi. For the last seven years
they have been traveling village to village teaching sewing and helping locals find jobs. They came to Kenya to seek
God's guidance for future missions, heard of Threads of Hope and e-mailed me. We have now established a relationship
and a three year plan for sewing outreaches in Kenya. They are partnering with us to do further training in the areas
we've been, as well as the new areas we are establishing.
I am blown away by this answer to prayer as we are living in the vision
God gave me six years ago. This happens to be the same time that this couple -Isaac and Marie- started their sewing
ministry in Madagascar.
We also have a colleague ini Nairobi doing all the logistics and managing
an office for Threads of Hope. He recently brought sewing machines and funds from our Nairobi account to Rongai Church,
just outside of Nairobe, where Isaac and Marie are now teaching. This couple had started a sewing outreach to community
prostitutes and widows, and they were sewing by hand. We sent two, foot pedal sewing machines and supplies. This
will also enable the church to get back on it's feet as their original church building was burnied down six months ago
by suspected Muslims. They are meeting in a place that once was a bar, and they are very eager to expand this program
and have a good plan in place. Threads of Hope Africa is now seeing Africans training Africans with a purpose and a
plan! Praise the Lord!
Here are a few highlights on happenings since our return from Kenya;
1. Mission conferences provided funds to send six women, four of which are
Maasai widows, to the training
center in Keserian. In two months, when
training is completed, they will return to their respective villages where
they will train others. The amount needed for those
we sponsor is
$390.00 each for two months.
2. The Chrisian Motorcycle Association provided funds to purchase
Suzuki motorcycles for a Maasai pastor and a Maasai evangelist to
reach villages in far, outlying areas. They cost $3,000
insurance and registration. We provided them with sewing machines and
other materials to reach people in very remote areas.
3. Our board agreed to help fund and build a $15,000.00 community and
sewing center in Naikarra, on property given by the Maasai.
for five sleeping rooms, a large general purpose area as well as a kitchen
with indoor plumbing. We will need furniture as well.
The property has
it's own spring water!
4. We have recieved over $50,000 in material and seing
machines that we
want to ship next year to Kenya. The price to buy the container is
approximately $1,500. The price to ship is approximately
container will be left on church property and will be used as a warehouse
for future outreaches.
5. We are in need of working computers, VCRs for training films, industrial
walking foot sewing machines, over locking machines, (sergers),
thread and other sewing related items. We also need children's shoes
for the orphange and books for them, especially reference
as dictionaries, bibles, study manuals, etc. They have shelves but no
A part of being in the will of God is that
you suddenly, at some point in time, find yourself living in a vision! God has somehow placed in your heart the
desire to be obedient to help supply the needs of this ministry. Would you put up an extra stocking this Christmas for
the widows and orphans in Africa and around the world?
If you want to help with any of these projects,
please write a check to Missionary Ventures. In the memo area of your check, put "Threads of Hope" and for
what project: Maasai Building Fund, Widows Fund, Orphans Fund, Shipping Fund, or support for Al and Gail. Please mail
it to our address below so we can be sure it gets properly accounted for.
Al Barrett Threads
of Hope is a mission of
Threads of Hope International Missionary
1833 Lake Cypress Drive a
501-(3) c tax deductible organization