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You want me to what, Lord?!
Created By: Audrey R Ouhl

I began my prayer shawl knitting ministry in the autumn of 2004 after attending a church women's retreat. At the book sale I purchased the book "Knitting Into The Mystery" by Susan Izard and Susan Jorgenson. I immediately thought of one of my parishioners who was going through a difficult time following the unexpected death of her husband.



Since then I have knitted and crocheted over 30 prayer shawls, blessed each one, and given them to people who have been ill, grieving, needing encouragement, and some I have given as gifts for birthdays and births. One went to the mother of a local gal who is serving in the military in Iraq. My favorite, a pink Italian mohair, was given to the vice-queen of my red hat society chapter on her 60th birthday; it was also during the weekend of her oldest brother's death and funeral.



I allow the Lord to show me who to make for and give these shawls to. Last February, my husband and I were at a Christian Motorcyclists Association retreat, and as usual, I had my ever-present knitting along with me. Many commented on the beauty and softness of the shawl I was working on, some even asked if I would make them one, but I explained that I let the Lord tell me who to make these gifts for.



My husband and I were driving back to our home after the retreat and the Lord distinctly told me, "You're going to make prayer shawls for the leadership of CMA North Dakota ... including the National Evangelist before the state rally in September." That was SIX prayer shawls! I was flabbergasted. "But Lord, I can't afford the yarn for that many prayer shawls and You know it!" "Leave that to Me" was His reply.



Two days later, my boss at the coffee-shop brought in some yarns she had found at a dollar store in a large city. She and I have an arrangement ... I help her out in the coffeeshop/gift shop while she does her photography, I get paid in merchandise and whatever cash I may need for fuel. She rushed in with several large bags stuffed full of yarn, eyes twinkling, cheeks flushed, and said, "LOOK what I found ... and it's all yours!" There were 24 skeins of Homespun, Lion Brand Boucle,and Light & Lofty yarns! It takes 3 skeins per shawl, so here's what I did (after praising the Lord and hugging the stuffing out of my boss!).



Plantation (blue-green) Homespun yarn. 3 skeins, 38 sts single crocheted on extra large hook. Blessed and given to a North Dakota couple who serve on CMA's National Board of Directors.



Lion Boucle “Tutti Frutti” yarn. 36 sts,single crocheted on extra large hook. Blessed and given to the couple who serve as ND CMA treasurers.



Lion Boucle “Hard Candies” yarn. 38 sts single crocheted on extra large hook. Blessed and given to the couple who are ND CMA state coordinators.



Lion Boucle “Popsicle” yarn. 38 sts, single crocheted on extra large hook. Blessed and given to a couple who serve as ND CMA state reps.



Lion Boucle “Parfait” yarn. 38 sts, single crocheted on extra large hook. Blessed and given to the other couple who serve as ND CMA state reps.



Light & Lofty “Cape Cod Multi”. 3 skeins, 38 stitches single crocheted on extra large hook. Blessed and given to the couple who serve as CMA national evangelists.



Homespun “Ranch” yarn. 38 sts, single crocheted on extra large hook. Blessed and given to to our Shekinah Riders chapter member who is battling lung cancer.



All seven of these prayer shawls were blessed and given privately to these individuals at the North Dakota State CMA Rally in September 2007. Each couple had a story to tell of how they had felt discouraged, some had health issues, some had lost loved ones, and two were facing serious surgeries ... all unknown to most of us before the Sunday worship service. God is indeed faithful ... and good!



Unfortunately, I have no pictures, but I do have access to a newspaper photo taken in November when the local paper did a feature article on my ministry. If you would like, I could send that.



Hugs,

Audrey Rae Ouhl


 
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