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Vicky Allen Pearce Hands of Love Ministry
Created By: Pam Harris

The Vicky Allen-Pearce Hands of Love Ministry



On a cold winter’s day in January of 2007, a few ladies at High Hills Baptist Church in Jarratt, Virginia met to discuss forming a mission group which would include knitting and crocheting for others. The first recipient was Vicky Allen-Pearce, a young woman who at the time was terminally ill with cancer. Vicky’s favorite color was yellow; however, the person that made the beautiful yellow shawl for her had no idea of this. The ladies decided to form a group and meet weekly at the church to make items for others that were ill and for new church members in Vicky’s honor. Shortly before her death, the group asked if we could name our ministry after her and she humbly agreed. After Vicky’s death in February, the group decided that her love and zest of life needed to be carried out not only in church but also in the community. We started out making afghans for new church members and also members of our church and community that were terminally ill or had been hospitalized. Our group ventured out into the community asking organizations if they could benefit from any of our hand made items. It was such a joy to find out that we could indeed help our community! The volunteer Fire Departments and volunteer rescue squads needed blankets to wrap children or infants in. A lady in our group loved to sew and our group starting buying panels of flannel to make blankets. We soon found out that a nearby Hospice Support group could use chemo caps and afghans. As new babies were born in our congregation, we found another need that we could meet by making blankets and baby caps for them. The group heard about the “Hokie Healing” project which was requesting 2000 8 X 8 squares to be sewn into blankets for the families of the 32 victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. The squares were made and shipped to Blacksburg where the Mosaic Yarn Company was completing the project. In July of 2007, four members of the group traveled to Eagle Eyrie for Mission Week. As we were knitting and crocheting, we met 2 women from Mulberry Grove Baptist Church and we shared our enthusiasm about our new ministry with them. We shared with them how wonderful it was to spread God’s love using our gifts and talents of knitting, crocheting and sewing. Friendships were made on that mountain during that week, and those two women went home and started a knitting and crocheting ministry in their church. In the fall, we decided to make scarves for the Knit Your Bit Campaign. This is an annual event that request scarves for the World War II Veterans across America. Twenty-five scarves were sent to the project. During this time, a group member suggested that we make scarves for our veterans in our church. We made 22 red,white and blue scarves and presented them to our veterans on Veteran’s Day. While we were working on this, we received a request from a nearby church to help them make scarves to ship to Iraq. One of their members had a brother who was a commander and had 70 U.S. Soldiers in his unit. Our group was invited to the annual Virginia Baptist Associational meeting in Richmond, Virginia. We told others how to start this type of ministry in their own churches. Our vision is to assist other churches/groups to start “hands of love” ministries in their community. Sharing the love of God through this type of ministry will change your life forever!

We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm. We love the lion brand yarns and use them in our group. Your patterns have helped us tremendously and we have several copies of the Prayer Shawl Ministry Book. We have found that the microspun and fun fur make wonderful chemo caps. The homespun is my personal favorite that I use to make prayer shawls and lapghans. One of our members just made an afghan using various shades of chenille and it was beautiful. We attach tags to each handmade item with the following wording: This has been handmade especially for you, prayed upon exclusively for you, and lovingly devoted, in God's glory to you. May its warmth remind you of the prayers that are prayed for you daily. May its softness comfort you when life seems difficult and may its strands encourage your faith in God's perfectly woven purpose for your life. In Jesus' name and with all our love, Vicky ALlen Pearce Hands of Love Ministry.

Each week as items are completed, we gather in a circle and lay our hands over the handmae items and pray for the recepients that these will be given too.



 
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