A Gift for You!

Posted: January 23, 2016 by Patrice Miles in C.A.R.E. Africa, Egbe, Miles In Missions, Nigeria
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Susanna, Gift, Ngozi (Goodness), Thankgod and Favor

Over a year ago I met women named Gift. She was a widow with 4 children and she was struggling to provide for her family. C.A.R.E. Africa took in her children and enrolled them in school and our other programs. We then wanted to empower Gift so she could one day take care of her children on her own. She said she wanted to learn to be a seamstress. Seamstress work in Egbe is high in demand. Fabric is selected from the local market and then women and men choose their style and the seamstress makes it. The traditional African fabric is worn by many people everyday. The goal would be for Gift to learn this trade and then we would help her get a sewing machine and her own shop.

2013 ankara dress style

Traditional African Fabric Outfit (Ankara)

We found a local seamstress to train Gift on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Gift needed the remaining days to find work so she could buy food and provisions for her family. The plan started out well but eventually Gift was missing her classes. I asked her why she was not coming. She advised me that she needed to work more. Working only two days a week was not enough to feed her kids.

I completely understood, but it caused a dilemma for me. How do I empower women if they cannot take time away from work to learn a trade? God put it on my heart to try and get a sponsor for Gift the same way we have been getting sponsors for our children in C.A.R.E. Africa. I sat down with Gift to ask her, “If I could have your income supplemented for a year would you commit to seamstress training for that entire year?” I made it clear she could not miss one class. She agreed and I then felt led to ask a friend I know in the U.S. for her sponsorship. She said “yes” to sponsoring Gift. I was so excited to have our first Empowerment Sponsorship!!

DSC_0571To put icing on the cake, two days later I get this Facebook message….
Patrice, I have just received a check here for $200 from ————-, which is one of the churches in the Heart of Texas Baptist Network. She is saying that they want it to go toward Nigeria missions. She is very learned on the things going on in Nigeria and she suggested a sewing machine, but she said should would like for you to make a decision where it goes based on your deepest need.

WOW!! He knew what I needed before I even asked Don’t you just love it when you hear Gods voice, obey and then he just opens the floodgates!! Spend time with him today…….hear his voice today……obey today……..he will provide more than you can even begin to imagine!

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Comments
  1. seikenberry says:

    Dear Patrice and Lenny

    What a wonderful story! You write so well! I love the dress in the middle of the page. Is that anyone you know in Egbe. I heard Campions are there with you. Have fun!

    Sylvia

    *Sylvia Eikenberry* Hillcrest School 13 Old Bukuru Road P.O. Box 652 Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

    +234-703-246-3021

    On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 3:24 PM, Miles In Missions wrote:

    > [image: Boxbe] Miles In Missions ( > comment-reply@wordpress.com) is not on your Guest List > > | Approve sender > > | Approve domain > > > Patrice Miles posted: ” Over a year ago I met women named Gift. She was a > widow with 4 children and she was struggling to provide for her family. > C.A.R.E. Africa took in her children and enrolled them in school and our > other programs. We then wanted to empower Gift so she coul” >

  2. Kate Hadassah says:

    That’s great mommy,and indeed He will.

  3. Gary Polsgrove says:

    Hallelujah

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