Friday, March 19, 2010
Quilts for Nicaragua
One of the members of our local congregation goes to Nicaragua several times a year and works with the Christians who live there. These people have very little, but are striving to do what is right and love the Lord. My friend Heather, who also loves sewing, had a wonderful idea about how to help our Nicaragua family while using our skills as seamstresses. Below is Heather herself- sewing away!This past Thursday several of us got together at her house to make baby quilts for some of the families there. It was a great way to make use of our hundreds of scraps of fabric - and a great way to spend the day! When I arrived at her home the air was abuzz with children playing (9 total :) ), sewing machines whirring, women talking, and colorful scraps of fabric spread all over the floor being carefully sorted into coordinating stacks. It was really a lovely sight. I must say it was very nice to be in the presence of 5 other women, doing something uniquely feminine, enjoying our young motherhood, and hoping to share some of our enduring comfort to those who live in less fortunate circumstances. I thank God for these women, Stephanie -ironing below-Heather, Tamara, Crystal, and Jesse who are so uniquely beautiful and so willing to give of their time and resources. We were able to make 6 quilt tops that day and are still in the process of finishing them. We also plan to make some stuffed animals out of our scraps, because the children have nothing to play with (unlike our homes which are overflowing with enough educational stimuli and imaginative creatures to occupy one child in Nicaragua for a year). I am so grateful for all that God has blessed us with, and I am grateful to be living here in my cozy home in Gainesville. So please stop and say a prayer for these Nicaraguan women, children, and their hard-working men, who in the midst of great poverty are singing praises to our God and, like us, counting the days 'til Heaven.