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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

I made an afghan for my friend Libbie who had cancer. When she saw it she thought it was a prayer shawl but I told her that I didn't know what a prayer shawl was. She then showed me a prayer shawl that she had been given by her church. I felt God's calling to start a Prayer Shawl Ministry in our own church. Our first meeting was in February of 2005. There were only a handful of people who turned up. We had no money so I went to my Sunday School class and explained what prayer shawls were. They passed an envelope around and when I received it there was $252.00 inside! That paid for our first skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. I picked that yarn because of it's texture and softness.
We have given prayer shawls out at battered women's shelters, homeless shelters, prison, nursing homes, the local hospital, cancer centers and women's retreats. We give them out to friends and family who are hurting.
We have twelve ladies in our ministry. In five years we have given away 2416 shawls! The church only gives us a few hundred dollars a year for yarn but the rest of the yarn is paid for by generous donations.
Our ladies do their knitting and crocheting at home. Everyone works at a different rate depending on the amount of time they can put into it.
If you're thinking of starting a prayer shawl ministry, I would highly recommend it. People are SO thankful and cannot believe that someone that they don't even know would take the time to make a shawl for them and pray for them.
The local media hasn't reported on our efforts but we don't do it to get recognition. A simple thank you and a smile is enough. One person wrote, "I definately feel your intercession kept me from more harm. I have been cold since I was hurt and it feels so good to wrap it around my neck and upper body." Another writes, "Thank you so much for the soft prayer shawl. What a blessing it is! The moment I received it , I felt everything was going to be okay. I felt so protected wearing it."
My daughter Laurie wrote the prayer that we include with the shawls.People often cry when they read the words and many frame the prayer. Our shawls have gone all over the U.S.and Canada, and as far away as England and Bulgaria.

-Lisa Katai,
Prayer Shawl Coordinator,
The Heights Baptist Church

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