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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”By Gina Goh” font_container=”tag:h6|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1567173061859{margin-bottom: 22px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”109691″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]08/30/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern)A sewing program that International Christian Concern (ICC) helped develop to spread the Good News among Muslims in Indonesia continues to thrive with renewed assistance from ICC.

Last year, a Christian couple who had been discipling some of their neighbors for two years told ICC that the local mosque’s imam became suspicious and started to visit these Muslim background believers’ (MBB) homes. He asked why these people no longer attended the mosque. In response, they said that they already have a spiritual teacher.

But because of that answer, the Christian couple needed to be cautious during their visits since they were being watched. They needed a platform to justify their visits without making people in the neighborhood suspicious.

In response to this predicament, ICC helped develop a sewing center for them. The center also trains housewives with sewing skills so they can help earn an income for their families. During the training, the center also equips these MBB mothers to preach the Gospel to the mothers in their community who do not know Christ.

A year later, these women continue to gather to hear about Jesus and learn sewing skills. The first group of trainees has finished their curriculum and desires to turn their skills into a business so that the center can be sustainable.

In Indonesian tradition, one of the most common ways to celebrate Independence Day every August, is raising the Indonesian flag in front of their houses. Seeing this as an opportunity to produce handmade flags, the sewing center requested assistance last July so that the women could produce the flags in time for the celebration.

With the fabric provided by ICC, the group was able to produce 36 red and white flags, 22 red and white pennant flags, and 40 colorful banners. They intend to use the profit from this venture as business capital for future production.

The Christian worker who regularly visits the center told ICC, “This project gave us a reason to keep visiting the center to share about Isa Almasih (Jesus). They are growing in Christ, while their economic status improves. My wife and I are excited to come frequently and do this activity. We are planning to produce another product with fabric. We will wait until we make profit so we can buy new materials for another production.

The Christian family that provided part of their house for the set-up of this sewing center shared their gratitude with ICC. “We do thank you and God for this help that came to us. We feel the goodness of the Lord through ICC. This project helped us learn and share about Isa Almasih (Jesus). When we started to produce the national flags, many requests came in and asked for more. I know that was God who sent people to come and ask for more flags. We hope this project never stops, so we can keep coming together to learn more characters of the prophets and Isa Almasih (Jesus).”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1567173121523{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

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