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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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Gebet-Engels (Prayer Angels) Prayer Shawl Ministry

In October 2009 I felt moved to start a prayer shawl ministry group at the church where I work as Director of Christian Education. I started calling and advertising and the first week of Oct. 6 ladies met and started knitting and crotcheting, using the Lion Brand Prayer Shawl Ministry book. We meet every week for two hours here at the church. Each gathering is started with a short devotion and prayer, then we work on our respective projects and visit. As shawls, mantles, and throws are completed we pray over them - and those that are started for a specific recipient are prayed over by name. We have presented over 50 completed items in 9 months, over half of which have been made using Lion Brand Yarns. We started our projects with yarn from our stashes, and have since received some donations of yarns. We have presented completed items to men, women and youth for varying occassions. Everything from those suffering grief, facing surgeries, moving, high risk pregnancy, new birth, stress are just a few. We have prayed over some of the shawls during worship services and presented them at that time, we also visit homebound and hospital residents, presenting their garment in person. We have also mailed a couple of completed shawls to family members of those asking for prayer for their loved ones. One particularly touching story involved a local hairdresser who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. While not a member of our church, many of our members and staff members go to her for their hairstyling needs. When we went to her shop and wrapped the shawl around her shoulders and prayed for her she cried and was a bit overwhelmed. We later learned that she uses the shawl when she goes to treatments, as well as keeping it on her lounge chair reminding her of the love that was shown to her by some people that she doesn't even know. It was a very special moment.
We continune to invite others to join us, and have had 2 ladies come to learn how to knit. We are so excited about this new ministry and pray that it grows and continues on for many years.

Connie Cowan, Director of Christian Education
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
1800 N. Llano St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

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