Run with Scissors: Support Congo Seamstresses


unnamedTwo dressmaking schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo are fighting human trafficking by helping women learn a skilled trade: dressmaking.

These two United Methodist-related ministries train vulnerable women to become dressmakers – a good, skilled job that provides stability and financial independence. One program is located in Lubumbashi; the other will be starting soon in a more rural area of North Katanga.

You can help support these programs by sending scissors to several United Methodist General Conference delegates who will be meeting with delegates from the Congo at General Conference this May. In particular, the delegates holding this virtual “scissor shower” are in need of good-quality sewing scissors, especially well-made fabric shears, pinking shears, detail work/embroidery scissors and seam rippers. Used scissors that are in excellent repair and that have been sharpened recently will also be accepted.4db714298fad0dcfea3f798211f23857

All items must be received by no later than May 1st. Scissors may be dropped off locally or ordered and
to the following volunteer congregations in Indiana. Any scissors ordered online must be delivered by May 1st.

*Thorntown UMC, attn: Karen Ottjes                                                                                                                               120 S Powell St                                                                                                                                                                     Thorntown, IN 46071

*Ellettsville UMC, attn: A.W. Collins                                                                                                                                 803 W Temperance St.                                                                                                                                                       Ellettsville, IN 47429

*Dayton UMC, attn: Mike Dominick                                                                                                                                 7201 Wesleyan Dr.                                                                                                                                                               Dayton, IN 47941

*Huntington Trinity UMC, attn: Amy Land                                                                                                                     530 Guilford St.                                                                                                                                                      Huntington, IN 46750

*Evansville Turning Pointe UMC, attn: Donna Cook                                                                                                     9800 Middle Mt Vernon Rd.                                                                                                                                             Evansville, IN 47712


Kimberly Reisman is an author, pastor, teacher and theologian serving as Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism of the World Methodist Council. Prior to beginning at WME, Kim served in local churches, as Executive Director of Next Step Evangelism and General Editor for She is a frequent speaker, focusing on evangelism, spiritual formation, women's ministries, leadership development and the intersection between faith and culture. Kim is an elder in the United Methodist Church and has written numerous books, most recently, The Christ-Centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes (2013, Abingdon Press). Kim is also an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and The School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.