Juárez Tailoring Project goes to Market

March 21st, 2011 by Matt Lindsey

Juárez Tailoring Project goes to Market

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!

Visit our Gallery for a deeper look into our incredible weekend.


  1. MODsquad
    08:16 on March 22nd, 2011

    Beyond BEAUTIFUL!!

    Love the fabrics, love the little birds (I want one!!), love the joy and LOVE the spirit of these BEAUTIFUL ladies!

  2. Kiery
    16:49 on March 25th, 2011

    Just look at all that creativity blossoming. I want to buy something they make. It is great that they are cheering each other on, and a unity is forming among them. Thanks to Yobel Market and all those who had a vision and are involved in bringing it forth. I am sure the excitement of those women is contagious. Who knows what other seeds God will cause to blossom in that desert.

  3. Rebel
    07:49 on March 31st, 2011

    I am in love with Amigos, Matt & Misty Lindsey, all the brave and beautiful people of the city of Juarez, and Jesus!

    The courage you are displaying to stand in the face of challenge and say “To Hell with Fear!!”, is beautiful and contagious! I want more of it!!

    Atmosphere of Heaven(Love, Joy, Peace, and Rightousness) on your faces today!!

  4. Steve
    10:48 on April 4th, 2011

    Awesome, I love it! Thanks Guys

  5. julie
    20:54 on April 4th, 2011

    How Beautiful!! The ladies all look so happy, can’t wait to see them.

  6. Border Explorer
    19:17 on April 6th, 2011

    What an uplifting and hope-infusing post! Thank you both for your commitment and investment of selves in Palo Chino. If the women never sold a thing (and we KNOW that won’t happen–cause I, too, want one of those birds!) the project is already a wildly extravagant success simply for the goodness it has brought into the world. Paz, y gracias…Amigos!

  7. mmlindsey
    09:49 on April 7th, 2011

    Thank you all for your tremendous care and encouragement for this project! Like Border Explorer stated, however this turns out, we count it a success because of the hope and life that it has brought these beautiful women and their families. We anticipate God’s goodness shining ever so brightly on this project and we look forward to posting more on it as it takes shape!

    Mucho Amor to you all!

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