In Summer 2019, FAIR launched the A Stitch in Time (Sri Lanka) mini-appeal. The focus of this appeal was to raise funds to support vocational sewing classes being offered to impoverished women in Lindula. Through the provision of the facilities, training, and materials necessary for the participants to establish small businesses, this ministry is helping women improve their standard of living and make better provision for their families.
Fellowship International missionary Ronald Jeyaseelan recently shared an update about the vocational training program:
“We had the inauguration session for the eighth batch of sewing students. We had an overwhelming attendance this time. We initially had 24 candidates, and at the time of writing this report the number has grown to 32. We may have to run two batches.
“The testimony of those who have graduated from our program is so powerful. The women of the neighbouring villages are interested in joining our program. Every gathering is marked with prayer and devotion.”
FAIR is excited to see this ministry growing and impacting the lives of so many women. The immediate and long-term needs of the participants and their families are being provided for through empowering them to gain more stable income streams. Over the course of the four- to six-month training program, they are also being introduced to the Gospel, many for the first time.