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Trinity's Prayer Shawl Ministry
Created By: Moncrief Linda

How our ministry started:

Last year I had a good friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wanted to do something really special for Lynne, but didn't know what it was. One day I was walking through A.C. Moore Craft Store and there laying on top of a counter on the other side of the store from the thread, etc. was "The Prayer Shawl Ministry - Reaching Those In Need" book. The minute I saw it, I knew God had led me to that book and it was exactly what I wanted to give Lynne. I purchased the book and thread and immediately made a prayer shawl for Lynne. I made a card to give her along with the shawl, explaining the meaning of the prayer shawl. Before I presented the shawl to Lynne, I took it to our older lady's Sunday School class and explained to them what I was doing and asked them to pray over the shawl with me, which they gradly did. Lynne was thrilled with the prayer shawl and showed it to everyone that came to see her. She said that she wore it everytime she went to get her chemo treatments and she could feel the love surrounding her when she put the shawl on.



I was still excited about the prayer shawls following this, but I attend a Baptist church in Georgia and didn't know what they would think about beginning a prayer shawl ministry. I made two more shawls and just put them away until another ministry opportunity might come along. It didn't take long. My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his best friend was diagnosed with prostate cancer. We were devastated. The Saturday night before they were both scheduled to have surgery that next week, God really impressed upon me to take the two prayer shawls to church with me the next day. The older lady's class teacher was going to be out and I wasn't sure about asking another class to pray over them with me. As soon as I walked in the church door the teacher to one of our adult couple classes came to me and told me she had had the hardest time studying for the Sunday School lesson that week, that she just couldn't focus and she still had no idea what she was going to teach. I mentioned to her that God had laid it on my heart to bring the two prayer shawls with me and she immediately said, "That's it! That's exactly what we are supposed to do today!" Her class embrased the prayer shawls and prayed over them. We know the prayer shawls have no healing power, but they sure do give comfort. I have to go one step further and tell you about my husband's miracle with his pancreatic cancer. The day before he was scheduled to have major surgery, the doctor at Emory hospital called us to his office and decided to delay the surgery until some further tests could be done. This doctor is the best doctor in his field of pancreatic cancer in the whole Southeast. They did some more tests and a few weeks later we sat in his office as he told us there was now no sign of a mass on my husband's pancreas. He said, "The prayers must have worked!" The x-ray technician insisted that there was something there at the beginning of his ordeal, but after a lot of people praying and God's healing, the end result was that my husband had experienced a miracle. You may ask about his friend who had prostate cancer... he did have his surgery, but the doctor said he got the cancer, no follow-up treatments were necessary, he healed very quickly and is doing great.



Since that time, our whole church has adopted the Prayer Shawl Ministry and we have several members crocheting and anytime there is a need we have prayer over the prayer shawl and take it to the person in need. It's a wonderful ministry and a very loving, prayerful ministry. No one else in our area has ever heard of it, so we feel very blessed that God placed this in our church. Whenever we take one to someone in the hospital there is always someone there who wants to know all about this ministry and how it works and where they can get a pattern to start.



I have to tell you one more story ... we gave one to a women who was having a baby. She was told that the baby had a lot of problems and that it would never live once it was born. She was given the opportunity to abort the baby, but she and her husband made the decision to place the baby in God's hands. They would drape the prayer shawl across her stomach every night as they were praying. To make a long story short, the baby was born and actually lived about 10 minutes, long enough for the parents and grandparents to hold her. They wrapped the baby in the prayer shawl when it was time to bury her. We felt very humbled by being a part of this experience.



Yes, I would wholeheartedly advise any church or group to start a prayer shawl ministry. It's one of the most meaningful things I and my church have ever been involved in. We have more ladies wanting to learn how to make the shawls. How much time do we dedicate to this ministry? As much time as it takes. We needed five white shawls for a group of missionaries going on a foreign mission trip. They needed to be white so they would fit in (for safety) with the natives of the country they were going to. Within one week we had five prayer shawls made, prayed over them at our Wednesday night prayer meeting and the mother of one of the missionaries delivered them that Friday. Making and giving these beautiful shawls will make a difference in your life.


 
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