I say, “Whatever you want me to do, I’m here.”
I’ve been to 47 countries. On a typical day when I go to Egypt, for example, around 8, the staff picks me up and we drive to the garbage city. I carry at least 50 pounds of material for my quilting ministry. I’ve bought sewing machines over the years and left them there. We have 10 to 15 ladies who come. They bring their children. While they’re sewing, I say, “I’m going to tell you a story.”
They come to me privately, and say, “Will you pray for me?” They tell me how their husbands beat them when they’re pregnant, call them names, even their oldest sons treat them like garbage. I try to tell stories and incorporate how much Jesus loves them and how beautiful they are.
Paraclete associate Sharon McElwain travels the world teaching women to sew for their microbusinesses, teaching English to young professionals hoping to get better jobs, and just meeting requests for her teaching and storytelling skills.
Learn more about her ministry here.
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