Pray for Provision Through Sewing Machines

Pray for Provision Through Sewing Machines

Sewing may be considered a hobby by some, but for impoverished families in the countries we serve, sewing machines can represent life and provision. While most people in the United States buy ready-made clothes, many people in developing countries attain clothing for their families by either making it themselves or working with a tailor.1 Those clothes occasionally need repairing, adding to the demand for skilled stitchwork.

As a result, sewing machines offer widows and others struggling in poverty an avenue for sustainable income, which will help families get out of debt and pay for meals and other daily expenses. These machines can also enable parents to send their children to school, impacting their futures and providing hope for a better life, breaking a cycle of generational poverty.

Please join us this month in praying for sewing machines and those with related needs.

1 Bourdon, Julie. “Sewing machines: an opportunity to pay it forward.” Mission Network News. October 19, 2017. . https://www.mnnonline.org/news/sewing-machines-opportunity-pay-forward


Pray for Those Who Need Sewing Machines

Pray for Those Who Need Sewing Machines

In regions where ready-made clothing is atypical, some individuals have the skills to start their own tailoring business but lack the necessary tools. Many breadwinners struggle to make ends meet, while their spouses and children may feel helpless in their inability to contribute. Some may even have the vision of a business endeavor that could push them over the line of poverty but have no means to make that dream a reality.

Please pray that individuals in need of sewing machines will receive one, and that these machines will be a blessing to them. Pray that their lack of this simple tool will not keep them bound in poverty.


Pray for Widows in Need of Work

Pray for Widows in Need of Work

Many women in the countries we serve suddenly find themselves widows, with the responsibility of being the sole provider for their family unexpectedly thrust upon them. In addition, many widows bear the burden of social stigma, as neighbors and even family members blame them for their husband’s deaths. This stigma makes it difficult for widows to find employment. The ability to earn income from home can be particularly beneficial for these women. Tailoring can be the perfect answer for a widow to provide for her children’s needs and help restore her dignity in the process.

Please pray for widows to be able to provide for their families, either through home industry, such as tailoring, or other avenues. Pray they will have the skills and tools, such as a sewing machine, necessary to earn sufficient income.


Pray for Training

Pray for Training

A sewing machine is of little use without the knowledge and skill to use it. That’s why GFA World also provides sewing classes to teach these valuable skills. This training, along with possession of a machine, enables individuals to firmly take their futures in their hands and create a better life for their families.

Please pray for GFA sewing classes, that they will be available where needed and all logistical challenges will be resolved. Pray tailoring students will learn quickly and firmly grasp the knowledge and skills they need to earn a living, putting their machines to good use.


Pray for Growth of Businesses

Pray for Growth of Businesses

Even with all the skills and tools necessary, sewing machine recipients still need business to earn a steady income. Sometimes they receive ample business simply by telling others that their services are available, but word must still get out, and people must still bring them business. If successful in attaining business, even a part-time seamstress could increase by 25 percent the monthly wages2 of a family living on less than $1.90 a day, as daily laborers often do.3

Please pray God will bless recipients’ efforts and bring them business from the community to produce enough income to sufficiently meet their family’s needs. Pray recipients will have favor in the community and the work of their hands will become highly respected and sought after.

2 “A Miracle for an Ambitious Daughter.” GFA World. May, 2020. . https://www.gfa.org/news/articles/a-miracle-for-an-ambitious-daughter-wfr20-06/

3 “Poverty Overview.” The World Bank. April, 2020. . https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview


Pray for Recipients to Recognize God’s Handiwork in Their Lives

Pray for Recipients to Recognize God’s Handiwork in Their Lives

GFA World distributed 6,529 sewing machines in 2019, each given in the love of Christ to meet families’ practical needs. These families needed the poverty alleviation sewing machines can provide, but many have an even greater spiritual need. They need to personally encounter the God who knit them together in their mother’s womb and to witness His handiwork in their lives.

Please pray for sewing machine recipients to experience the tangible love of Christ and recognize the Creator’s handiwork in their lives. With every stitch, may they be reminded of His love.


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