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Friday, April 1, 2016

Old Jeans, New Life

A few weeks ago, I met with Jess, the Children’s Ministry Director. She asked me to help her with a project and so we sat down to brainstorm ideas for a bag design needing to hold a drink bottle, notebook, pen and highlighter for the upcoming holiday program. It needed to fit in with a “Life is a Highway” theme.

Well, if you know me, you know that I love a theme! And after some discussion, I suggested making the bags out of old jeans. I knew a second hand shop where they sold jeans, some for as little as 10 baht a pair.

Her approval was all I needed to be off on my way, a new project to get excited about- I was one happy girl!

It was only as I started sewing the jean-bags that I began to ponder about how amazing it was that an old pair of jeans, previously cast into the cheapest pile in a second-hand shop, seemingly unwanted and discarded, could actually be transformed into something totally different… something with a new use and a new purpose.

After making a practice-bag first, my daughter quickly swung it over her shoulder and took it to school the next day. “Can you make all my friends one?” she asked after school. “They all really liked my bag”. Well, that was a good sign!

With each new bag that was created, I marveled at the change that took place. Each pair of jeans was different in its own way and yet with each one, the transformation was amazing as the old denim was recreated and made into something new.


The ‘new beginning’ that these jeans now had, reminded me of the very children for whom I was making the bags for. Children, who may've once been “used” but were now rescued, restored and repurposed.

In Psalm 139 it reads that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Unfortunately in life, too many children are not valued and loved in the way that God intended when He fashioned them together in their mother's womb.

Thankfully though when you and I do our bit to help save these precious little ones from slavery, abuse and abandonment, their lives can be transformed.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11