A Ministry of Missionary Ventures International
Reports from the field of Threads of Hope June
2010 2010 is another year that has started with much involvement and impact for Threads of Hope teams, partners and volunteers.1. In Jan and Feb in Nairobi we arranged, purchased
and delivered six more motorcycles for Maasai Pastors and an orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. Once again they
were funded by the CMA (a Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association in Minn., led by the Just family who helped us last
year.) 2. In March we purchased
and delivered $1,500 worth of fabrics direct from a mill in Kenya to bless our sewing outreaches. Most
of the fabric will be used to make children’s school uniforms. Others are for Maasai Shukas, colorful
garments worn by the Maasai. 3.
Threads of Hope helped a new sewing center outreach start up in Narok, Kenya.
They are making items for internet sales and local items for sale. The ministry provides an outreach
to women in distress in Kenya.4. Here at our home base, things have been humming! For months we have been collecting, packing
sewing machines, fabrics and thread for another shipment to Honduras. Here’s a praise report concerning
this….volunteers are helping to build, pack and send 20 sewing machines and fabrics and sewing items, also a 20 Hp
outboard for their fishing fleet!5. Our missionary
partners, Joseph and Molly Bail were here in April from Nakuru, Kenya. Joseph is acting as our Threads
of Hope director and is helping to coordinate moving equipment and supplies for us in Kenya. We met for future planning at
their orphanage and for building a Threads of Hope Sewing Center, Co-op and Training Center in Nakuru.
We sent them back with a machine that can sew any size button on a garment in 8 seconds.
They will be making school uniforms. As well we also sent 12 audio Bibles in Maasai language with Joseph to bring to
the Maasai Pastors that received motorbikes. 6.
I recently received a Skype call from our good friend and partner Pastor Dinesh Chand in North India. He
told me he recently brought a team to a village in North India (on the China boarder) at 15,000 ft elevation.
The team brought 16 sewing machines. He said the whole village
was in tears to receive the gift funded by Threads of Hope and Jet ICU of Brooksville Fla. This is the 13th church NICO (North India
Community Outreach) has started using sewing machines as the “opener” (The relationship building tool to bring
the Gospel) We have partnered for 5 years with them and they report 95% of those that receive machines
and training receive Christ as their Savior; remarkable for their Hindu culture. There
are 20 to 30 machines in 13 villages now… Pray for a salvation for every
stitch. 7. Threads of Hope sent funds to our MVI missionaries in Haiti in
Mar. & more sewing machines to Uganda. 8. Time for a
couple praise reports: Recently a man who fixes sewing machines has voluntered
to help us. What ananswer to prayer! Furthermore he is drumming for more sewing machines
for us. Thanks to Howard Jarvis for his partnership and willingness to provide his unique and needed skill.
Here’s another timely praise report: The
Nairobi Pregnancy Center, Sewing Ministry (Youth for Christ) sent an e-mail saying they received additional sewing contracts
for items to be sold in the States. You may remember they are an outreach to women from the Nairobi Kibera slums.
They are now well equipped to service these contracts; helping to further help their clients earn a living.
Speaking of which we also need funding to keep all this ministry in motion; let’s not loose stride.
Help us to help those that are reaching out and bring the Gospel – the foundation of
our motivation for sewing and sowing. Future plans: 1. Our hope is to enhance the Cana Girls Rescue Center in Kenya (for those who run to
this Center to escape female mutilation) with more sewing machines, fabric and training.2. We hope to begin construction on a Maasai Sewing
Center building. It will be a Training Center and Co-op in Ngoswani, Kenya; a
village we started mission development in 2004 along with Dr. Graber and JanMacCray ministries. Add to this NFHF and
their medical development.3. We are looking and praying for ways to help
more in Haiti and Honduras (the Lord has given ideas to help lead the way) 4. We
need to stay the course and encourage our sewing partners around the Globe. This means sending and going.
Pray for those who can lead teams to join us. We need continued support for our Home Base in Dunedin, Fl for the daily needs of Threads of Hope operations.
fund for the Threads of Hope Center in Kenya has $8,000 toward our goal of $25,000. A Gift of one sewing machine ($100
-$150 in most developing countries) can help feed a family. Monthly support is needed to support the logistics, receiving and shipping, communications
and training for our partners in the field. Donations can
be made on line at: www.Threadsofhope.org
Blessings, Al Barrett, Director
Threads of Hope To God be the Glory Missionary