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 www.shawlministry.com
or click here for an overview of crafting as a spiritual
Plentiful Sowers in Uganda
In August 2004, a group of 10 misisonaries from St. David's Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania made the long journey to Uganda to teach, heal and pray with the students at Trinity Children's Centre in Kabowa, and Centenary High School in Nyendo. On Sunday, we attended services at St. Peter's Church and presented prayer shawls to the Women's Ministry leaders. We invited all of the women to join us for a prayer shawl workshop the following evening. Prior to our departure from the US, we had collected two suitcases full of Lion Brand Homespun yarn and knitting needles to use for the prayer shawls. Many people asked me why we were teaching knitting in Africa - isn't it so hot? Actually, the mornings and evenings are quite cool and people living in this third world country devasted by the AIDS pandemic are truly in need of comfort from a shawl.
On Monday evening, after a long day in the medical clinic and teaching in the classrooms, we arrived at St. Peter's to find 44 women sitting in preparation for learning the art of knitting a prayer shawl. We started with a prayer which was translated to Luganda since only two or three women spoke English. We then divided into three circles and started demonstrating how to knit. We worked for about two hours and each of the women were so diligent and patient. As the sun was setting, the one light in the church was extinguished by the rotating power outages in the city to conserve energy. We groped our way out of the church and decided we would get together one final time on the following evening.
Well, after another long and fruitful day at Trinity, we arrived at St. Peter's Church to find the women patiently and prayerfully working - many had completed inches of work on their shawls! THEY GOT IT! As I looked around the church, I noticed the crowd had really grown because word had spread in the community and the women had all brought a friend!! We set out helping others get started, and after an hour, we realized there were enough women who were now accomplished knitters who could then teach the other newcomers.
We took a group photo before leaving St. Peter's (see attached) and our hearts were filled with joy as we saw these women coming together in the name of our Lord to do what we women love to do. I am happy to say the women at St. Peter's have completed over ten shawls and more yarn and needles were sent in October to continue the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
A recent email from Sarah Serunjogi, Women's Ministry Leader at St. Peter's in Uganda ..."your coming to our church has reinforced the women back to support their fellowship group which has been attended by few women. Am happy to inform you that on Monday I registered 50 women all in need of acquiring the skill of making prayer shawls ... thanks to you and the group of St. David's Church for the financial support, love and to boost their women's group... they have many plans now and some women get relieved of their burdens as they come and meet their fellow women!"
Teresa A. Marlino M.D.