Weaving a New Story
A photo essay
by Gordon Brew, CBM’s Team Lead, Content and Design
uring a recent visit to India, I had the opportunity to visit CBM’s newest partner, Alempang Baptist Church (ABC) and our latest projects in northeastern India. The church is located in the province of Assam, which is the ancient home of the Mising tribe. They are the second largest indigenous group in Assam.
ABC is partnering with CBM to work alongside other local congregations like Bortamuli Baptist Church. Small-scale farmers in this community are affected by monsoon rains that destroy their crops. To help provide alternative sources of income, Bortamuli Baptist is leading a women’s empowerment project that encourages Mising women to create traditional shawls. It was incredible to see the speed at which the women worked their looms, while maintaining the intricacy of the pattern. With the material support they receive from CBM, the women are able to increase their family income by selling the shawls. This helps pay for essentials like food, medicine and school fees for their children.
CBM has been serving in India for 150 years and is still leading the creation of innovative programs with partners who understand the witness of the local church in caring for its community through word and deed.