March 21st, 2011 by Matt Lindsey
There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
1 John 4. 18
Seeds of hope are emerging under the warm desert sun. The Tailoring Project that began this past January is teeming with momentum, excitement, and hope.
Two months ago, these five beautiful women from Palo Chino knew nothing about how to sew. Yesterday they stood before us after over 48 hours of sewing classes, and proudly displayed the items that they, with their own two hands, had created: pillowcases, kids’ fleece pajamas, tablecloths and place-mats, tortilla warmers, boxers, skirts…
The hearts and spirits of these women have been infused with strength and hope. When we asked how their families had responded to their involvement in the tailoring project, the majority of them said: “You can’t learn to sew”, “You’re too old to be starting new things”, or “Why are you wasting your time?” But despite the daily opposition, these women have ascended and developed a new fortitude. “They are exuberant light, full of confidence and strength. It is beautiful to see them shine for their community. Negativity has the potential to destroy, but these women have chosen to rise above it”, says Joy Stanley, head of marketing and public relations for Yobel Market.
The tailoring project is the first of many initiatives focusing on building a strong, sustainable community. And far beyond our expectations, these women have joined together and are standing behind one another, cheering each other on and growing together with new bonds of unity.
Regardless of the climate on the border, Yobel has chosen to wholeheartedly invest in our Mexican brothers and sisters in Colonia Palo Chino, believing in the extraordinary ability and potential of these women to bring tangible change to their families and community. They are a truly dedicated team, learning through leaning on each other and pulling each other through.
The honor of serving and sharing life in Juarez grows in our hearts day by day. Thank you to all who have contributed, supported, and invested in this amazing community of people!
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