Altering Their Income

Altering Their Income

Photo by Gospel for Asia

December 2016

It had been Raissa’s hope to help her husband. She had great expectation of increasing their daily income, thinking she had found the tool to lift them out of poverty. She wrestled with her very meager education, which prohibited her from finding good work, and now Raissa had a chance do something.

She started tailoring class, but once Raissa graduated, her plans appeared to be merely an intangible dream. The six months of tailoring classes now looked like hours spent in vain. For all her effort, she and her hard-working husband couldn’t afford a sewing machine.

December 2016

Altering Their Income

Raissa had spent six months learning how to sew clothes. But she faced a huge obstacle after her training: Her husband couldn’t afford to buy her a sewing machine.

A Downward Spiral

A plumber by trade, Raissa’s husband, Taraswin, worked faithfully to provide for his wife and little baby girl. However, no matter how hard he tried, he struggled to find work. Day by day they were sinking financially. A friend directed Taraswin to a job opportunity in another village. Believing this would help change things, they moved to start afresh.

But work was inconsistent, and this new job soon proved to be of no help to their financial state. They prayed earnestly to their traditional gods and goddesses and faithfully practiced rituals, but their situation only worsened.

Raissa had spent six months learning how to sew clothes. But she faced a huge obstacle after her training: Her husband couldn’t afford to buy her a sewing machine.

As monthly rent drained their income, things did not look bright. However, unknown to Raissa and Taraswin, God saw their struggles.

A Need Not Unseen

One day, they were chatting with their neighbor, and he introduced Taraswin and Raissa to his friend, a GFA-supported pastor named Rochan. As Pastor Rochan struck up a conversation with the couple, they began to open up.

“After coming to this place, I am not getting any proper work, and I am struggling to take care of my wife and child,” Taraswin explained.

Pastor Rochan encouraged Taraswin and Raissa in the Lord. He prayed and asked God to open doors for them to have a better income. As Pastor Rochan walked away, he felt compelled to do everything he could to help this family.

Altering Their Income

Like this woman, Raissa has been blessed with the hope of a better income through a sewing machine, a gift found in GFA’s Christmas Gift Catalog.

Three weeks later, he invited Taraswin and Raissa to the church’s Christmas gift distribution program. Raissa could hardly believe her eyes when she received her sewing machine.

Altering Their Income

Like this woman, Raissa has been blessed with the hope of a better income through a sewing machine, a gift found in GFA’s Christmas Gift Catalog.

“I was really longing for a machine,” Raissa recalls. “I have no words to express my feelings and thanks to the church.”

A Dream Fulfilled

Altering Their Income

Raissa, Taraswin and their little daughter (pictured) now have true hope and joy. They are no longer struggling to get by, day by day.

Now Raissa can help provide for her family by sewing clothes from her home. The hopelessness which hung over Raissa and Taraswin lifted, as they now can easily pay for their rent with plenty left over for additional expenses. Through this timely help, Raissa and Taraswin saw the love of Jesus in their lives.

“This gift not only helps me to earn a daily income, but also it brought us close to the Living God,” says Raissa.

Now Raissa’s dream is being fulfilled, and her family is being lifted out of poverty. God hand-tailored every detail of their lives and wove a beautiful blessing of a sewing machine and the lasting knowledge of His undeniable love into Ramila’s and Taraswin lives.

Raissa, Taraswin and their little daughter (pictured) now have true hope and joy. They are no longer struggling to get by, day by day.

One Stitch at a Time

Altering Their Income

You can be part of changing a life by providing a sewing machine this Christmas!

Men and women, such as Raissa and Taraswin, are blessed to receive tools like sewing machines that alter their income. Not only do these gifts create an avenue of hope in their lives, but they are tangible representations of Christ’s love. Consider giving a sewing machine this Christmas. You can help change a life now and on into eternity!

You can be part of changing a life by providing a sewing machine this Christmas!


*Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are GFA stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.

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