Lila at Lydia House
Lila at Lydia House

Thanks to generous donors like you, a young woman with few choices became a business woman who is now sharing Jesus Christ in her remote Nepali village.

In a remote village in the Sindhuli district of Nepal, a girl named Lila grew up in severe poverty. Her family of 11 was hardworking, but nevertheless they went without food many times in Lila’s lifetime.

Lila’s village had no electricity. No roads. No mail service. It was a four-hour walk to the nearest roadway. She had big dreams for how she could help her family, but Lila was trapped by her reality.

Because of your help, Lila started school at the Lydia Vocational Training Center (also known as Lydia House) in 2015.

Lila showed up to Lydia house with a Bible, one set of clothes, and slippers. Nothing else. She was one of the poorest students.

Lila (far right) learning to make a traditional meal
Lila (far right) learning to make a traditional meal

But Lila was also one of the most hardworking students. She put her heart into her training to become a professional seamstress. She learned to make 35 different articles of clothing that she could sell, from school uniforms to wedding veils to traditional kurtas (long shirt-like garments worn by both men and women.)

Lila (left in peach shirt) studies with group during Sunday School training
Lila (left in peach shirt) studies with group during Sunday School training

Lila also immersed herself in Bible lessons, health education, music lessons, and Sunday school teacher training.

Lila’s training changed her from a young woman with few choices to a business woman with a well-thought-out plan to open a tailoring shop and support her family.

When Lila returned to her village she immediately went to work with her new skills and passion.

Today she is involved in her church, leading worship, teaching Sunday school, and accompanying her pastor to reach people in remote areas with the gospel. She runs her small sewing business out of her home, where she earns enough to help her family and also saves some toward the cost of opening her own shop.

With your help, Lila and the other Lydia House students return home and work to transform families and villages for Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your part in sharing the gospel around the world.

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