A Grinding Halt

Imagine showing up for work this morning and being greeted by your employer telling you to go home. Not only could you not work today, or this week, but they were unsure when you would be able to come back to work.

That’s the reality at our sewing center in Calabasas right now. Last week the industrial generator fried the inverter that powers our Center and the work there. So for now, our seamstresses are out of work and will continue to be until we can find a solution.

The fix is really twofold… Immediately, we need to replace the inverter so that power can be turned back on at our center and the bunkhouses for where our U.S. teams stay. Then the next step is to replace the battery bank that holds a charge so we don’t have to constantly be running the generator.

The inverter will cost about $1700 to replace and the battery bank costs $250 per battery (there are a total of 10 batteries in the bank).  That’s around $4000 for everything.

So sure – that sounds like a large chunk of change, but we’ve never been lacking in anything we needed to move forward with what we felt God was doing with us. It just means we need to do some praying and working to figure this out together.

In trusting that God has this figured out, this is what we’re asking…

  1. Consider making an immediate gift to get the power back on there. Remember, the immediate need is to get the inverter back up and running ($1700), but anything will help. You donate online via PayPal here.
  2. Join our 3k fun run team and send out some support letters to help us reach our goal. There’s plenty of info here. If you’re out of town, you can still run it virtually. Register for the race, raise support, and you still get a shirt!
  3. Share, share, share… We just need to get the word out to the right people. If you can’t give, maybe God will use someone you pass it on to to meet the need.
  4. Pray and trust with us.

…they will know we follow Jesus by the way we take care of one another (our love)…

The California Quilting Ladies and Superior Threads

A huge box showed up on my door step today. It’s the second of it’s kind.

The giant box was filled (completely filled and I’m talking a big box) with large spools of beautiful thread.

It started with an email one of our team members (who also happens to be my mom) fired off a couple months back. It was a general call to help and a quick overview of what we were trying to accomplish as a school and organization. The email was sent to a handful of organizations all over the US. There were a few that responded. Most with kind regards and some with a small samples of complementary fabric or threads.

But then there was this group of quilters in California who from the very first contact seemed to be as excited about the project as we were. So much so that they got their whole community of quilters and seamstresses involved. They have been a constant source of encouragement and support.

At the last meeting of theirs, they managed to raise over $300 just out of the pockets of the ladies who attended that evening.

One of the ladies had a connection to a wholesale thread company (Superior Threads) and offered to make a call to see if they could get some good prices on the purchase. She did such a good job relaying the vision and excitement that the people from Superior decided to match their donation and doubled her order!!! Which is why I now have $700 worth of thread sitting in front of my door.

Way to go – and thank you Santa Rosa Quilt Guild and Superior Threads for your generous hearts, your partnership, and your support!