It's hard to believe it's been two years already since Many Sparrows was born. This April 30 was the 2 year mark. I'm so excited, but it really doesn't seem like it's been that long. I'm blessed to be able to be part of this amazing ministry! I say it's amazing because it touches lives. I say it's amazing because it's so much bigger than myself. I say it's amazing because of God, who is altogether AMAZING! He birthed it, He nurtures it, He provides for it. Thank You, God, for allowing me to play a part in Your plan. Bless my hands to bless these precious and priceless people. In Jesus' name.
I'm so thankful that I was able to make another delivery. I wasn't sure I would have very many items, as I had a rather slow start. God is very good, and He allowed me both time and strength to complete 15 items. I pray they will bless those who receive them. If you would like to do something like this, simply contact your local cancer center, hospital, etc. Ask who you may speak with about donating items to their facility. I wrote out a list of questions before calling, so that I could have all of the pertinent questions answered right at the beginning. Happy crafting & donating!
In late August, I was unable to deliver the items I had made. In all, I donated 29 hats and blankets combined. There were no lap blankets in this delivery. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to do what I love while blessing others in the meantime.
I am ashamed to admit that I made no delivery to the cancer center today. I wanted to. I even had the prayer shawls washed and dried. I didn't have as many items ready, and I was planning on visiting a friend in the hospital after my appointment. I spent the day washing and drying items, homeschooling my kids, and working on a special prayer shawl for my friend. Well, her shawl took longer than expected to complete, so I was down to only a few minutes left to brush my teeth and put on my shoes before embarking on my hour-long journey to the doctor. I had a choice to make. I chose to let it go. I could still visit my friend and make it to my appointment, albeit with empty hands. It was a hard decision and forced me to swallow my pride. I don't want to fail. I know that I can deliver the prayer shawls next time around, but it still makes me feel like I didn't do my best. I don't want to be afraid to try and fail, though. After all, it's better than not trying at all.
Well, it's a year since I launched the prayer shawl ministry. I would call it mine, but it's really God's ministry. He just equipped me to take part. I enjoy it so much! I get great satisfaction out of each completed item, as well as the knowledge that I'm getting to help people who don't even know me. That's pretty great, in my opinion.
Over the past year, I've donated around 60 items to the cancer center, where I am also a patient. I wish it were more, but without help, it's hard to achieve more than roughly 15 items per delivery (I deliver once every 3 months.). Having other responsibilities kind of cuts into my time to crochet. All in all, I'm really happy about what I'm doing. I feel that I'm uniquely qualified to give back to cancer patients and have an inside line on what to pray for on their behalf.
I'm also grateful to be doing well enough, in my own journey, to be able to give to others. I thank God for the time, energy, and calling to such a wonderful use of my abilities.
and this is where I document various things about my prayer shawl ministry.