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Mary's Sewing Group

The story begins

Mary decided she would start a sewing group to help the women

in her church to learn a skill.  She shared her vision with her Pastor

and he shared it with the whole church.  Everyone agreed Mary

should go ahead, she applied to TWAM for six sewing machines 

and the church held a special gift day to raise the money needed

to pay the shipping.  Everyone was overjoyed when the machines

turned up and the first ladies started their course.

The course was a great blessing and over the first four years Mary ran her course, she managed to train over 80 women.  Mary worked so hard and kept the women busy every day training and using the machines.  She even allowed the women to use the machines in the evening to make clothes to support themselves. 


The sewing machines worked many hours every day in dry dusty conditions, and when it rained they sometimes got wet and damp.  Mary did not worry about this, as the machines did not seem to mind.   But after four years one of them stopped working, and a few months later another one seemed to jam up and even though the motor was working, would not sew.  Mary was disappointed but reduced the number of ladies she was helping and continued.  


The next year both her other machines also stopped working and Mary went back to the church to see if they would help her again.  The church had just started a building project and told Mary, they would love to help her, but now they had to concentrate on the new church.  Mary was forced to close down her sewing group. 


Mary did so well, but her sewing group ended much sooner than she wanted.

1. Why do you think the sewing machines broke down?

2. What do you think Mary could have done differently to keep her project going?


Click here to find out what Mary could have done to make her story a success

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