My ministry—Sewing program

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Ringwood, Victoria

Cing made a living from sewing in Myanmar (formerly Burma). She taught her eight sisters to sew and most of them also made their living that way. They were renowned for their stitching skills and family sewing business. 

The program has been a blessing for the group as it gives them a safe haven where they not only learn to sew but can also share their problems and bring comfort to each other.

Due to religious persecution Cing fled to India to seek the protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2007 she was resettled in Australia and started attending Ringwood Seventh-day Adventist Church (Vic). Concerned about the welfare of the women in her local area, she and her friends formed a community women’s group, which led to the commencement of a sewing program. 

Over recent years about 4000 refugees from Myanmar, mainly from the Chin minority group, have been resettled in the Ringwood area. Ringwood church now includes a Burmese language Sabbath School and worship service every Sabbath afternoon and has partnered with ADRA to provide driving lessons and social outings for the refugees.

The church also accommodates the sewing program, which runs twice a week and opens and closes with prayer. Cing has found happiness as she shares her knowledge with the other women and helps contribute to their skills development. The program has been a blessing for the group as it gives them a safe haven where they not only learn to sew but can also share their problems and bring comfort to each other. 

Cing and her youngest sister, Vung, who was resettled in Australia in 2012, teach the class together. They find that it empowers the women, gives them a sense of fulfilment and an opportunity to minister to their needs. The women’s group prays for God’s blessings on Ringwood church and that it will continue supporting the sewing program for many years to come.