Transforming lives on four continents

Beauty in the Brokenness

Posted by Paul and Sarah Brown at 16:53 on 23rd January 2015

When I first started training in baking & sugar crafting, I thought what is this?  I’m not

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Food colouring used to paint autumn cookies. Royal icing piping

going to enjoy it, because I can’t do it.  I know I can’t do it.  I don’t have the ability to do this!  I  had never done any kind of baking before, so how am I ever going to be good at doing this?  

I was scared to try something new and really scared I might fail.  But as the weeks and months went on and I learned, I realized that I had abilities beyond what I thought I could achieve.  Each week as I learned something new, I improved; I remembered skills and techniques that I was being taught.  I began to feel more confident in myself. 

My hands are now producing delicious cakes & beautiful delicate and elegant sugar decorations, when I look at them, sometimes I can’t believe I have produce them! 

I am so proud of the work that I am producing and the fear of trying new things is fading.  I am enjoying learning it so much!  You don’t have to be afraid of trying new things, believe that you can do it.  God gives you the ability to do it.”

This is the testimony that *Tia was able to share with the new women that are joining the training program in the ‘freedom bakery’.

I meet with the new women for the first time on Friday 9 January.  I had already decided that I was going to open the meeting with –  2 Timothy 1: 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.

Over the last year of teaching them, I had discovered that the women I was teaching were gripped by fear, fear of failure, lack of confidence and self worth.  I wanted to instill in them that fear is not of God. 

 I had the team read the verse together.  Afterwards all the women except *Tia gave me a blank stare.  I looked back at *Tia and asked “What did you think when you first started the bakery training?”  She smiled because she understood why I had chosen that particular verse.  Then she shared her testimony.  She encouraged the team!

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*Tia – In charge of getting the Christmas Red Velvet Cupcake orders in & out of the oven.

*Tia was once so afraid of doing things; achieving things that may seem simple to you and me, but was a big deal for her – measuring the ingredients, switching on the oven, putting baked goods in the oven, taking the baked goods out of the oven, shaky hands when piping, shaky hands when sugar modeling – she was gripped by fear, fear of failure and no confidence in her own abilities.  But she is overcoming them.  For the Christmas orders she was in charge of getting the cupcakes & cookies in and out of the industrial oven!

Many of the women that have come from being exploited generally think that they don’t have the ability to do much, they have low expectations of themselves, they lack confidence, courage, self-worth.  Many have been told they won’t amount to anything or that they are only good for one thing.

However what I am continually learning and seeing – When you teach with love, give reassure, build up confidence, and nurture a woman’s abilities, amazing and wonderful things happen!   

*Tia is not yet a believer in Christ, so it is encouraging to hear her share with others that God has given her the ability to achieve so much.

I didn’t realise the impact the ‘freedom bakery was having on the women until then!

 The new 3-month bakery-training program will begin on Tuesday 27 January, with 7 women.  In the training program the women will be learning food & hygiene, health & safety, speacialised baking skills, sugar artistry and business skills.  Upon completion of the training they will graduate and receive certification that will enable them to be employed in the bakery.

You could be a part of sowing into the lives of women, leaving a life of exploitation and taking a step into freedom and transformation.  The freedom bakery is still in the early stages and our biggest obstacle to setting up the training successfully is finances to purchase the essential training materials and equipment for the bakery.

The past that these women have come from does not have to be the shape of their future.  

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Using food colouring. Finished hand painted & piped leaf, plaque & button cookies.

I am hoping that with the freedom bakery, people will see beyond their past and see God’s transformation, radiance, confidence, beautiful gifted, talented women with amazing creative abilities.

To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.  In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. – Isaiah 61:3 

Out of brokenness, beauty is being created.

*Name has been changed to protect her identity.

If you would like to support NightLight Baking project, you can do so through BMS’ ‘Thailand Freedom Bakery Appeal’.  Please call BMS on 01235 517 700 or click on the image below to take you to the BMS website for more details about the appeal and how you can donate.

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