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CASMI Zipper Purse© - The Story Behind the Zipper


“When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help ... Don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs.”

Deuteronomy 15:7
(The Message Bible)


Come and Sew Zipper Purses© Women and teens create a beautiful purse and ministry tool.began as a sewing project for older girls during a 2006 fall mission trip. Before each project we share a short testimony about Christ and relate it to the project. The purse project is a great way to share a brief look at the tangled sin filled mess of our own lives before we found hope in Christ. (view resources on how to use purse to share your faith).

The relational time spent sewing builds trust and creates opportunity to share the gospel. Women and teens became so caught up with the purse they began to open up and share their broken stories without hesitation. Such openness is very uncommon in the Russian culture. The purse is also being used around the world in many cultures as a wonderful visual when speaking to women and girls about God’s love for them.

If you are going on a mission or would like a helpful new inspiration to share the love of Jesus with women and children – especially in other cultures – please consider getting finished purses for effective outreach. Watch this short video to learn more about how CASMI uses this purse as a Creative workshop in Russia and how girls are coming to know Christ.

The beginnings of a zipper purse.The women (and men of the church) have many life skills to share and we are excited to see God open more and more opportunities from within the indigenous church to train and encourage believers to use the gifts God has given them as a way to build lasting relationships and earn the right to share the gospel.  Your investment of a Creative Workshops zipper purse provides income for women of the church.  The ladies that sew each bag find this job a privilege and honor and pray over each bag that we have available. 


How you can help

James 1:27 tells us that: “This is the pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distresses, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Purchase a zipper purse
Your donation for a bag will be used directly to help orphans..


Help promote the zipper bags
We continually pray for opportunities to promote the Zipper Purses. If you know of ways to promote the sale of the bags please let us know.

Additional resources:
Good New Bad News - a useful guide to sharing your faith (PDF)
3 Parts of an Effective Testimony - tips for sharing the gospel, clear and simple (PDF)
How to use your purse to share the gospel (PDF)

Stories of How God is blessing through this project

“Wherever I go or get acquainted with somebody I tell the zipper bag story and what God is doing personally in my life.”

“I have a ministry of 3 New Pursesdistributing Bibles and Christian literature in middle Russia where the people are very poor. I also help to sew these purses and it has been a big blessing in my life to have this purse to help share with so many.”

“I have returned from a trip that took me around the circumference of the earth! I have taken the red purse with me to Africa, India, and China. I have used it to teach a variety of Biblical truths and wanted you to know how God has blessed my teaching because of the visual you have sewn”

"I have three children and it (zipper bag income) is a very big support for my family.  After 15 years I could finally repair my children’s room.”

"The zipper bag project for Russian women is a big blessing. Calls come every week from women wanting to be a part of this project. The women are praying for you and for God to bless this work.”

Thank you for helping us fulfill James 1:7

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Steve and Kathie Arnold
Founders and Directors
972-539-1948 or 0972-953-6592 cell
1824 Castle Court - Flower Mound, TX 75028