A sewing machine affords young women to earn an income at home and gives the ability to resist practices such as human trafficking. Missionary families and members of the church earn a living through this mission. Ordinary people become influential displays of the Gospel. Financial conditions of her family forced Roopa to discontinue school. Like many others in her situation, her beauty became her enemy. She was a target for human traffickers. When in system the rich grew very rich, and the poor is exploited, opportunity for a worthy life becomes rare.
When Christian missions empower people with tools to make a living, and to praise God through their occupation, social injustices are solved right where it begins. This is not talking about the issues, but solving- practically, effectively. A sewing machine gave Roopa an independent income, and thus the ability to defend herself. Roopa witnesses to her customers of the Savior that brought joy to her life. She's no longer a victim. The sewing machine program is a Christian approach to practices such as human trafficking, addressing the problem where it begins. Many sewing machine recipients lead or host prayer groups and home churches.
"SANMA gets it! They understand that mission is about reaching others by offering real answers to the real needs of those whom they have a chance to touch. It is about sustainability and presence, not 'dump and run.' And it's all done in the name of Jesus so that His kingdom can be spread in India. SANMA is the real deal."
- Pastor Terry Cagle, Pastor, Christ Community Church, Arlington, TX