He arrived in the US just a month or so before I met him. A team was working with us to deliver food baskets to refugees. One of the team members texted me to say they had met a newly arrived refugee from who said he was a tailor. I have met many refugees who have said that since we first began Threads by Nomad but that does not necessarily mean they are instantly ready to begin making our garments or giftables. We brought M. in for a trial run. He was AMAZING! He is gifted, hard working, learns new things quickly, and is a joy to be around. We gave him various projects to work on in preparation for several events we had coming up.
Part of our work is helping refugees understand basic skills for life here. M. did not have a bank account. He did not know what a check was. He does not know how to read or write. I sat for a long while teaching him and his wife where to go and what to do to open a checking account. I wrote him a check for the first things he made for Threads by Nomad and showed him how to endorse it. He knew how to write his first name but not his last, so we worked on that so he could endorse the check. After being certain they understood everything, I rose to leave.
"No you can't go yet! You must pray!" I did not understand. What did they want me to pray for? "You must lay hands!" I still did not understand. This was not my first visit to their home. They had never asked this before. "Lay hands" and he pointed to the check. "This is the first salary I receive in US. Pray that God will bless it!"
I can't say that I have ever done it before, but I laid hands on that check.
When I returned from some travels, M. called me very excited. He had gone to a place I recommended and purchased a brand new industrial sewing machine! He wanted me to know that he was ready to build his business! He was already telling everyone he met in the apartment complex, at church, and other places that he wanted to sew and do alterations for them. "A sewing machine is more important than a car. God has blessed me."