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Sharing God's Love through Knit and Crochet
Created By: Peggy Hensley

In 2004, my cousin was diagnosed with cancer. I had read about prayer shawls and decided to make one for her. I purchased some Lion Brand Homespun yarn and knitted her a prayer shawl. I took the completed prayer shawl to church and my Sunday School class prayed with me that it would bring her comfort and let her know that she was wrapped in love and prayers when she wore the shawl. From this small beginning, others in my church became interested and in 2005 a prayer shawl ministry was begun at Hiltons Memorial United Methodist Church in Hiltons, Virginia. This prayer shawl ministry has grown beyond our fondest expectations, both in number and in people touched by the ministry. We are now doing prayer shawls and lap robes, some of which go to people in our church and community and some of which go to the cancer unit at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, TN. We have also begun sending prayers shawls to Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. We make chemo caps and little pouches which hold prayer cloths which are donated to Holston Valley Hospital. We make baby afghans for Hope House which helps single mothers. In December, we made 150 scarves to be given out at the Salvation Army in Kingsport, TN.

Our prayer shawl ministry has become a vital, active part of our church and is a wonderful outreach ministry for us. We have taught people to knit and crochet who thought they could never learn the craft. They are now dedicated knitters and crocheters who enjoy the art of creating using yarn and needles.

One of the greatest rewards of belonging to the prayer shawl ministry is the joy of getting together and creating items that will help others. We truly get more than we give!!

Sadly, my cousin did not recover from cancer and passed away in 2005. However, I consider our prayer shawl ministry to be a part of the legacy of love she left.

So -- knitting and crocheting has not only changed my life for the better by being a wonderful hobby, but as a way to touch others who are in need of love and reassurance. Seeing others learn to knit and crochet and come to love it as I do is also a huge benefit of our prayer shawl ministry. And to think it all started with one prayer shawl made with Lion Brand Homespun!!

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