The Lord uses simple dreams, some faithful devotion, and a few small materials to weeve them together into a tapestry for His glory. We saw this first hand through a simple scarves ministry project we began this year. At the beginning of January, we reached out on Facebook with a simple plea for yarn for a project in Acuña so that the ladies of one of our partner churches could make a scarf while praying for each other. We had no idea it would become the significant project that it did, and just how many people were willing to give support and help!
By the end of January, this was the marking of the beginning of a beautiful ministry. These women all began to knit a scarf and pray for a woman that God laid on their hearts to pray for. As they pray for their own friend, they also pray for each other and their friends of each other. Each woman was praying for everyone that is, (and would be), involved. Some even overcame significant obstacles for the sake of participating in this blessed ministry. This included a woman in a wheelchair who has only one arm and insisted that she knit her own scarf, that’s serious dedication!
Then came the Sunday leading up to Valentine’s day. It was the great ministry celebration we had dreamed of! The women were giving scarves to the women they were praying for. That day, there were 33 women in attendance (including 16 of their own guests!) We made crafts and learned about God’s love for us and how we need to love each other in the same way. Then, each woman presented the scarf they had worked on to their guest along with a letter or card that they had written. Each woman told their guest how they prayed for them over the past month that they would come to know Christ and his love for them. There was not a dry eye in the room. It was a beautiful celebration.
Finally, in that group was a woman named Alma Rosa. She knit a scarf for her sister, and had Esther and Pastor Antelmo take it to her the previous week because she was in the hospital. They shared the gospel with her and she prayed and accepted Christ as her Savior upon receiving that simple scarf. The following day, she passed away and her daughter buried her with the scarf around her neck. Since her daughter also didn’t know Christ, Alma Rosa knitted another scarf for her. She was in attendance at the celebration, and we ask for your continued prayers for her. We serve a God who is so mighty to save, and we must not doubt that He could use something as simple as a scarf to glorify the Lord Jesus!