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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 recently rediscovered my love of knitting when my friend Sue and I started a prayer shawl ministry at our church.
Sue and I, both loving to do handiwork, wanted to create something that would benefit others.

Seperately we became aware of shawls being used as a tangible means to bring God's love, comfort and peace to those in need ... Sue had been to a wedding where a shawl was given and I, while attending a retreat, noticed
someone knitting a shawl and was told it was a prayer shawl.

Together Sue and I excitedly dicussed what we had learned and we both knew we had found our answer! We took the idea to our pastors and our prayer shawl ministry was born!

Sue and I knit everyday and can produce a shawl in less than a week. We have created/presented 20+ shawls and currently have a skein stock pile for future shawls. We use Lion Brand Homespun and Sue can now recite a color name by sight! (A feat I can only hope to aspire to!)

While our ministry is still in it's infancy, others have begun to join us and we now have a total of 6 knitters/crocheters and are hoping to gain more soon! Those in our church who don't knit/crochet have graciously provided us with donations of yarn or money to purchase yarn. Still others take our finished shawls and pray over them before they are given away. A gesture which never ceases to touch me deeply.

This ministry has been extremely rewarding, knowing we are helping to provide "A hug from God" to those who are in need. Shawl receipients always comment on how soft and warm the yarn is, like God's love for us all!

I, personally, like the representation of intercessing to God, through my stitches, on another's behalf, and encourage anyone who loves to knit to begin a similar ministry whether through a church or as a community outreach program.

Knitting can truly be a wonderful ministry, for the receipient and the knitter alike!


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