Imagine turning shopping into a ministry!
A local woman says she loves to buy at thrift stores and take the clothes and make them into something special.
It's that process that helps her witness to others.
Sara Ellen Allbritton is creating something new... out of something old.
Sara Ellen Allbritton: "I've always loved clothes and I've always loved thrift stores and
seeking out bargains.
I would bargain shop a lot and come home with a lot of things that just
weren't quite right so it came to a point where ya know I can sew I am just
gonna make this into something that is right.
I'd find a skirt and everything about it was right but it had this big
grease stain... or a shirt that was too short or too long.
I could take things and change them and fix them... and make them
Her passion for transforming clothes made her closet burst at the seams... so... she started sewing and selling her creations... and turned it into an outreach with a message of hope.
Allbritton: "Go to the thrift sore and I buy old clothes and I take em home and I
wash em and I'm removing the stains, mending the holes.. making
everything a one of a kind... I tell people this is what Jesus is doing with
me... he bought me the cast out the no longer wanted the dirty and he
bought me with his blood and he is washing my stains clean my sins
He's mending my holes my wounds and he's making me presentable
to God. he's making me Gods daughter."
She said she had to call out for help... when life was too tough to handle on her own.
Allbritton: "I had 3 kids in 3 and a half years...that's tough.. my husband was
traveling a lot and I don't have family in town...
I was in a dark place it was depressing it was just a very hard time
and it was finally to the point Sara Ellen you cant do it on your own
anymore...it literally brought me to my knees. I was crying out for help and
Jesus answered back... I am here. I love you I'm here for you."
then she says she tried to be something she was not.... when she realized she had a job doing exactly what she was equipped to do.
Inept trying so hard I'm supposed to take meals to people I'm supposed
to keep people's kids..this is what Christian women do... then I realized
were the body and god gave me talents he loves me enough he gave me
this ministry that's can create clothes I can do exactly what I want tom do
and I still have the opportunity to share his love with others...by doing
something I love.
Sometime when I finish a neat piece...sometimes there is seam
ripping and I have to go back and start over... and I think you know what we
have tough times in this life and the lord has to seam rip on us
sometimes little bit.. but it's to get to the true he has.. if I didn't go back
ands seam rip it I couldn't get to the beautiful creation that I wanted to.
sometimes it hurts the seam ripping but it gets us to the beautiful
creation he has for us."
2 Corinthians: "Therefor if anyone is a new creature one is in Christ the
old is gone and the new has come... ... I'm a new creation and I like to
think of my dresses as a new creature."