Sewing for the Lord

Ginger Brockman, retired teacher and member of the Newport Church, is “sewing for the Lord.” Her love of sewing started as a youngster when she sewed clothes for her dolls on her mother’s treadle sewing machine.

Several years ago Brockman learned that orphan boys and girls in Bangladesh needed clothing. Some were wearing rags, a bed sheet, or nothing at all. Before undertaking a sewing project like this, her prayer was, “Lord, if you want me to sew, provide the fabric.” She has received so much fabric and notions (zippers, elastic, bias tape, seam binding, buttons) that she didn’t know if she could use it all.

Starting in May of 1998, she sent 180 garments to the Adventist orphanages in Bangladesh, specifically BCSS (Bangladesh Christian School Sponsors) directed by David and Beverly Waid. She was happy to see a picture in the Adventist Review (January 1999) of editor Johnsson’s visit to the Bijatpur orphans, who were wearing the clothes she made.

Through the years she has continued sewing clothes—probably 1,000 garments in the last eight years. Last fall, Brockman decided to see if she could use up all of her fabric, cutting out nearly 400 outfits, and only made a dent in the inventory. She has worn out her old Bernina sewing machine as well as five Wal-Mart machines. She decided recently to purchase a new Bernina and has just completed another 110 dresses. She loves to let her creative juices flow, transforming the fabric into designer originals while listening to Christian television.

April 01, 2007 / Upper Columbia Conference