Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Come and help!

Every Stitch a Prayer is a sewing ministry that meets at Taylor Road Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.  It was established in 2008 for the purpose of providing children's clothing to send with our Mission Teams to foreign countries.  We have expanded as the Lord has blessed our ministry to helping local missions with various items such as curtains, blankets, scarves, walker bags, Comfort Pillows for Women of Hope, ponchos, Christmas stockings, and school uniforms.  We enjoy serving the Lord and meeting the needs of people and the fellowship is sweet.

ESAP meets every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. on the second floor of Taylor Road Baptist Church just down the road from Eastchase shopping center on Taylor Road.  Additional sessions are on the first Thursday of every month from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  At this session, we share a potluck salad buffet.

We also schedule extra sewing days as the need arises.  Please join us!  We need people to do a variety of tasks other than sewing, such as ironing, cutting, trimming, organizing, inventory, etc.  Whatever talent God has given you is one that we need!!

School Uniforms for Haiti

Today this blog will take a new direction as we begin a new project.  In September, Every Stitch a Prayer was visited by Charlie Elgin, a missionary to Haiti.  He came to share with our sewing ministry the need for school uniforms for the children in Haiti.  Charlie operates an orphanage with 23 children as well as five schools with over 600 children.  These children each need two uniforms, jumpers for the girls and shorts for the boys, which will be worn with polo shirts.  This project will cost us over $10,000.  With God, all things are possible!

We will be using this blog to share how God works out this miracle.

Children in Haiti cannot go to school with a uniform.  They are also very specific about the style and color of their uniforms.  It is a monumental task for our small sewing group and will require the help of other churches (besides Taylor Road Baptist Church) and financial donors.  We operate on donations.  Sound impossible?  With God's help, we can meet this need.  The importance of these uniforms goes beyond their physical need because these children are exposed to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as they study in their Christian schools.  They take the Gospel message home and their families are effected for all eternity.

And so it begins.......

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's been a long time....

I almost forgot that we had this blog started about our sewing ministry at Taylor Road Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. While the blog hasn't been doing too well, our ministry is growing. We have sent clothing to Brazil and Guatemala, made bibs for hospice and disabled children, distributed Christmas stockings to the residents of assisted living centers, and had wonderful fellowship.

We are preparing for our first evening meeting on November 9, 2010 in the Fellowship Suite at the church with the hope that some of the ladies who miss our activities because they are at work will join us. We're planning a light meal of soup or chili and dessert as well as additional items. Our purpose is to introduce our guests to our activities so we will have decorating of Christmas stockings and ornaments, tying quilts and sewing prepared for them.

Recently, our ministry sent over 230 outfits for children to Guatemala. These items included dresses, shorts, decorated T-shirts that say "Jesus loves me" in Portuguese, rompers, skirts, tops, and onesies. Most of the children live in small huts with dirt floors. The best ones are built of cement blocks while others are made of corn stalks or similar materials. These people are truly among the world's most poor. It is our prayer that through the gift of our sewn items that these people will receive the richest gift of all, Jesus Christ, as their personal Lord and Savior.

Our quilts are made from the abundance of leftover material which we have from our dressmaking task. Most of them measure about 36" x 42" and are patchwork patterns. We use a polyester fleece and a cotton/polyester backing and sew them up in a closed pillowcase fashion so we do not have to put a binding on them. We will use crochet thread to tie the layers together which will produce a very nice lap quilt. It will be fun as always to see where the Lord wants us to share our quilts. Our greatest blessing in this ministry is to see how the Lord provides for our sewing needs and guides us. We hope that we will always be acting according to His Will and for His purpose.

Here's hoping the future brings more entries to this blog!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Display table at church

Posted by PicasaMarie made a beautiful display for Every Stitch a Prayer at our church last Sunday.
Quite a few people stopped by to look and talk to us about our ministry.
They were quite impressed with the things that were going to Brazil.

Join us!

Join us at Taylor Road Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
We meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month,
starting at 10:00 a.m. until we're ready to go home.....
usually around 3:00 p.m. Bring your lunch and bring
a friend! You don't need to know how to sew. We need
people to turn, clip, and press items and for many other
tasks. Most of all, come to enjoy the fellowship!

Call the church office for more information.

Ready for Brazil

It's May! It's time for us to be wrapping up our sewing project for the children in Brazil. We're right on track and enjoying the last minute hustle and bustle. We expect to have over 75 dresses, even more shorts and skirts with decorated T-shirts, along with donated items. We're especially excited about the 300 panties and lingerie items that were donated by SaraMax Apparel Group in Arkansas. That's like icing on the cake!

The people are so poor that the Mission Team members wear their clothes during the week and leave what they've worn with the people in the village along with their suitcases. They literally come home with the shirt on their back. What an awesome ministry!

Now we're moving on. We will be working on items for hospice and nursing homes. Hospice asked us to make some adult bibs so that will be our first project. While making our clothing for Brazil, we generated a lot of cotton scraps. These will be used for the neckpiece and crumb pocket. The body of the bib will be 1/6 of a large cotton towel. We found that we can make a bib with a large towel cheaper than using terry cloth yardage which seems very overpriced in today's market. By using the towel, each bib costs only 55 cents.

Our group is growing and donations are coming in. We're so thankful for everyone's help and generosity. We hope to become a ministry that works year around to help meet the needs of the poor as the Lord directed us.