Wednesday! This is my long day. I start work at Carmen Bajo around 8:30AM, teach 2 two hour sewing sessions, break for lunch, resume teaching until 4:30PM and then head down the hill to the church to help with an evening women’s group until 7PM. This is a typical day… well actually there is no “typical day” at Carmen Bajo. Often a student doesn’t show up for class and I am left to fill the time slot allotted for teaching. A very meaningful and overwhelming task at hand is organizing the sewing room–wow, such a tiny space that houses so many things! So. Many. Things.
From what I understand, the sewing program is somewhat of a revolving door. Sewing instructors come and go, leaving behind their project materials. Consequently the sewing room has evolved into a drive-by project room for Carmen Bajo. Unfinished projects and their trail of scraps are stuffed into every drawer, cabinet, and shelf. This disorganization (which could obviously be a hinderance to productive) has somehow become an encouraging reminder of the bigger picture at hand, a nod to those who have gone before me with the same mission in mind — spreading the love of Christ through sewing. Every scrap of useless fabric and garbage bag of uncompleted projects reminds me of Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Let me pick up where one has left off and continue running the race set before me.