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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

For years I have crocheted things for family and friends. Six months ago a friend came to visit and she was working on a Prayer Shawl. She is part of a group at her church who crochet these shawls for those in need. I felt that it was a wonderful outreach so decided to approach my pastor to see if we could do it from our church. Fifty Prayer Shawls later the movement is growing and it has been hard to keep up with the needs. Each shawl is prayed for as I work that it will be a blessing to whoever recieves it. I use 4 skeins of homespun yarn and everyone loves how soft and versatile it is. The shawls are blessed by the pastor before given and they are anointed with oil also at that time.
They have gone to so many different places. Those who are ill: suffering with cancer, going through chemo, other types of surgery, long term illnesses like multiple sclerosis, Lou Gerig disease, etc. Others have gone to new mothers and babies, one as a wedding gift for a new bride, one to a mother whose son is in prison, others to those grieving with loss of family. Many hours each week are dedicated to the shawls and about 3 are made in one week. We have also given shawls to our local women's shelter when we had enough for all of the women there. Some donations have been made but most of the cost is personal which makes us look for sales whenever we can.
One example of a person who recieved a shawl was the following. A young woman who was in the hospital for complications of breast cancer. She was very discouraged and fearful that she could carry on at home after her latest bout. A gift of a Prayer Shawl was given to her the day of discharge and she cried that someone would do that for her. Her words were " This is the best gift I have ever recieved." After that she was ready to go home and get on with her life with more serenity and strength. This is why we do this ministry and it is as great a blessing to give these shawls as it is to recieve them maybe more. God bless Paulette

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