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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is an inspiring movement of people who gather to pray and knit or crochet for those in need. The ministry’s sole purpose is to give away the shawls they create -- shawls they hope will literally wrap recipients in prayer. For more information about prayer shawls, search the term 'prayer shawl' on the Internet, visit or click here for an overview of crafting as a spiritual movement

Yarn of Warmth, Comfort and Love

I make shawls and afghans for people with various needs. This started many years ago before I heard about the shawl ministry and the book "Knitting into the Mystery, A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry". I made baby afghans for newborns. I made afghans for "big" brothers and sisters that were bigger than the ones for newborns but not as big as the articles I made for adults which might be a lap rug for a gentleman or a full sized afaghan for a lady. In his later years my father-in-law "adopted" the afghan I made for my mother-in-law. After his death my mother-in-law enjoyed the afghan more as a remembrance of her husband then she did at the time I made it.

It was a friend who pointed out the book to me. After reading it I made a shawl for one of my fellow students in Deacon School who had lost a number of her grandchildren in a fire. When I presented her shawl she told me she was part of a shawl ministry at her church but had never expected to receive a shawl! Since then she has told me numerous times how much it comforts her and that it has revived her interest in making shawls. She had stopped doing so. Now she knits wrapped in the warmth, comfort, love and prayers of her shawl.

An elder lady at our church lacked an interest to hold to. I knew she knitted so I made her a shawl and invited her to commit to help make them for others. She has since made many concentrating largely on ones for new moms or cancer patients.

I love making the articles but the thing that warms my heart most are those who are inspired to start "Knitting into the minstry" for themselves! These include not only the elderly lady at my church but also my daughter!

Thanks be to God!

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