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My pocket wrap/prayer shawl ministry
Created By: Sandy Swaney

While on a women's retreat two years ago, I felt God speaking to me, telling me I should do something for Him and others with my crochet talents. Our pastors wife, who was also on the retreat, was working at a local nursing home at the time. I asked her if they had need for lapghans at the nursing home. She said she was sure they could use them but what they could use more was wraps elderly peoples shoulders get cold.

When I returned home from the retreat, I checked on the Lion Brand website and found a pattern for the Patriotic Pocket Wrap. I thought that would be great for use as a prayer shawl for the nursing home since I remember my grandmother used to always keep a hankie in her pocket or up her sleeve. :) Since I'm using donated (free) yarn from various places, I've had to make some slight changes to the pattern but I still put the pockets on. When I run out of the donated yarn, I think Vanna's Choice yarn would be a great substitute for these wraps/prayer shawls. I also include a small packet of kleenex and a prayer square in the pocket of each wrap.

As I crochet, I pray for the person who will be the recipient of the finished project. To date, I've donated nine wraps to the nursing home. I make them in between my other projects, in my "spare" time. Our pastors wife sees to it they get delivered to the nursing home, to the activity director. Since I don't personally deliver the wraps, I don't know how each person is affected when they receive the wrap. At some point, I may start to deliver them myself but right now I prefer to do it anonymously.

What advise would I give to others for starting/building prayer shawl ministries? Just go for it! I'm sure you will find it very rewarding.

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