Restoration Vision Helps Eternal Threads Rescue Women from Sexual Slavery
Highland leaders presented Eternal Threads with $10,000 in funding from Highland’s Called Campaign on April 21 as one of the initiatives of Highland’s vision to restore Highland, Abilene and the world.

Eternal Threads, an Abilene-based non-profit that helps women in impoverished countries earn a sustainable income by buying their handmade products, also provides vocational training in tailoring and cosmetology in Afghanistan and Nepal. The gift from the Highland Called Campaign will be used to help support the work that Eternal Threads does in Nepal to rescue girls from sex-trafficking by funding two anti-trafficking border stations and a safe house.

“We are so very grateful for this gift from the members of the Highland church,” said Linda Egle, founder of Eternal Threads. “Knowing that you are partnering with us in this work is such an encouragement, and the lives we will restore are precious in the kingdom.”

Ramesh Sapkota, Eternal Threads partner in Nepal, was also at Highland as the check was presented and spoke at a fundraising dinner that weekend.

At one of the Nepal border stations, more than 200 girls are interviewed by the staff each month, and as many as 10-15 are rescued. After being identified and taken out of the trafficking situation, the girls return to their home village or to a safe house where they receive counseling and vocation training, Egle said. After six months to a year in the safe house, they are able to open their own tailoring business in their home villages.

Based on requests from women in Afghanistan, Eternal Threads is also looking to expand opportunities in that country, providing additional tailoring courses and training for beauticians, as well as scholarships for the children of the women in the courses to attend school.