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Faith Lutheran Church Prayer Shawl Ministry

One of the Women of Worship Spiritual Hour (WOWSH)expressed an interest in getting our women to knit/crochet prayer shawls.
Then the decision was made that this would be a good project to undertake. I searched the Internet and developed a flyer which explained the Prayer Shawl Program from the wealth of resources on Prayershawlministry.com and lionbrand.com. At the kickoff for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELCA) bible study for the 05-06 year, we had yarn, needles and flyers and notecards to be given when a shawl was completed. In no time at all we had knitters and our pastor provided ten names of people who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl. We probably will be able to present approximately 10 prayer shawls a month. I knitted my first shawl on behalf of a survivor of Hurricane Katerina who is staying in Minnesota until her home is liveable again. I gained confidence after having delivered this shawl because of the humble way it was received. My mother passed away one year ago and I miss her terribly. I grew up in our church and went with my mom to circle and of course attended Sunday School. Due to circumstances I was asked to deliver three completed shawls to a woman 94 years old, one 96 years old, and another soon to be 100. All three knew my parents and had taught me in Sunday School. I had wonderful visits with each of these women and they all expressed the love for our church and the caregivers who assist them. I felt a closeness to my mom through her friends. The benefit of reaching out in prayer and presenting a tangible gift of a shawl to someone in need whether a medical problem or loneliness is as great for the knitter as it is for the recipient. I strongly encourage women to knit or crochet but even more emphatically ask them to deliver these shawls. Your spirit will soar.


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