GraceConnect E-News, No. 62, Week of August 25, 2014


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Erin Cooper and her mother, Martha, were part of a group that taught Haitian women how to sew handbags to sell for profit.

Teach a Woman To Sew

The old saying goes, "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime."

 a faith-based organization that serves in crisis and poverty through relief and development, is striving to do just that.

“My mom taught me how to sew when I was growing up,” said Erin Cooper, director of communications at CE National and creative director at CPR-3. She used those skills the first week of May while teaching a sewing clinic to Haitian women. Her mother, Martha Cooper, and sister Laura Biltz, joined her. 

Cooper (pictured at right), her family, and a few others partnered with Grace Church in Bercy, Haiti, to host the clinic at the Sant Mouvman Guest House, the center of movement for CPR-3 in Haiti. Cooper said about 11 women showed up consistently over the duration of the clinic and learned how to sew beautiful, sturdy handbags of out fabric. 

“Our main purpose was to teach a sustainable skill,” she explained. “It’s something CPR-3 really strives to do -- not just give handouts.

“By teaching sewing classes, we’re allowing women to be able to have that skill to mend or make things to sell on their own.”

By the end of the clinic, the clinic’s hosts had identified three women who had a natural skill for sewing and leadership.

“We asked those three women if they wanted to head up the endeavor once we were gone,” said Cooper.  With this model of micro-enterprise, the ladies can make the bags on their own and receive a share of the profit, while the rest goes to buy more fabric to keep their business running.

The handbags that were made by the clinic attendees in May were sold at Momentum Youth Conference this year. Cooper is excited to see what God does in the future through the initiative and through CPR-3.

“The Lord has captured my heart for that country and the work He is doing there. The development of the CPR-3 Center has helped to establish relationships with people, create jobs and a sustainable model. People are starting to trust CPR-3, wanting to come to church, and see what we’re all about."

From Around the Web...

Here are a few links from Grace Brethren churches that you might find of interest…

Logan and Jessica Conley, missionaries to the community of Kensington in northeast Philadelphia, give an update on their ministries on their blog. Click here to read more. 

CPR-3's Moringa initiative is helping to wipe out poverty in Africa. Read how

This is an exciting time for several Grace Brethren churches who are celebrating anniversaries! 
Celebrating 30 years... Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, Owings, Md. They will be celebrating on September 14, with a combined worship service 10 a.m., followed by a picnic. Click here for more details. 
Celebrating 50 years... Grace Polaris Church, Columbus, Ohio. They will be celebrating October 11-12. Click here for more details. 
Celebrating 75 years... Grace Fellowship, Waterloo, Iowa. They will be celebrating the weekend of October 10. Follow their Facebook page for details to follow!

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By John Davis

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Events in the FGBC

September 15-17 – Northwest Focus Retreat, Camp Clear Lake, Wash. (FGBC)
September 19-20 – Women and Scripture Class, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
October 6-8 – Central Focus Retreat, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio (FGBC)
October 17-19  Leadership Summit (WGUSA)
October 20-22  – East Focus Retreat, Holiday Inn and Suites, Ocean City, Md. (FGBC)
November 11-24 – Cambodia GO Team (WGUSA)
January 26-28, 2015  –  Southwest Focus Retreat, location to be announced (FGBC)
March 16-18, 2015 – South Focus Retreat, Florida FFA Training Center, Haines City, Fla. (FGBC)
June 21-27, 2015  Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Ontario (GBC)
June 21-27, 2015 – Encounter Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. (EWP)
July 14-19, 2015 –Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind. (CEN) (corrected from 8/11 issue)
July 23-26, 2015 – Flinch Conference (national conference), Newark, N.J. (FGBC) (corrected from 8/11 issue)

FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBB – Grace Brethren Boys
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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