The 7 Rivers Knitters is a regular gathering for Zulu women in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The women are interested in coming to 7 Rivers farm to learn to knit or sew, which allows them to earn some income for their families. Many of them are impoverished single mothers or widows.
For those living in the 3 Zulu villages that make up KwaZulu Natal, it is difficult to earn income. Transportation to the city of Durbanville, where they could find work, is so expensive, and the wages are so meager for most jobs available to them, that all of what they earn would be spent getting there.
The gathering provides ITMI's Cherise Smith and her team - which includes ITMI's Fifi Smith who often serves as a translator - the opportunity to share God's Word and build redemptive relationships with women in the community.
In this video, you'll get to experience their moving response to the gift of 2 new sewing machines from ITMI supporters - and see how needed the additional machines were! You'll get to see firsthand their excitement for the opportunity to provide for the basic needs of their families through the work of their hands.
In the video, Karen Brown, one of Cherise's teammates, mentions the Thola Center.
The Thola Center is a future community center in KwaZulu Natal with ample space to continue expanding this and other outreaches to reach more people with Christ in KwaZulu Natal.
In the video, you can see how crowded the room is with women eager to participate in the outreach, and how a larger space could accommodate even more women. The Thola Center would provide much-needed facilities to hold other outreaches as well.
(If you'd like to support the Thola Center, please include "Thola Center" in the comments on the next page.)