Pr. Scott Ralston, Faith, Forreston
On a Friday in March, the Faithful Hands Group of Faith Lutheran Church in Forreston Illinois challenged themselves to create and tie 15 Lutheran World Relief quilts in celebration of National Quilting Day. The group wasn’t actually aware of National Quilting Day until it was shared in an LWR mailing. It was a great day, and they not only finished 15 quilts, but 20 quilts were done by the end of the day.
Photos were shared to the LWR Quilters and Kit Makers Community FaceBook page. The post received 160 “likes” and many kind and encouraging comments were received from LWR quilters from churches nearby and all around the country. LWR quilters in neighboring churches shared their encouragement and wished to visit the group on a work day. Currently, plans are being made for a quilting day for all LWR quilters and interested folks in the area to visit the Faithful Hands group to share the quilt mission, fellowship, and delicious food!
Faithful Hands has been making quilts for only two years. The mission began with the Youth Group making a few quilts, then others in the church organized themselves to carry on. Quilting began in July 2017, and 18 quilts were delivered to an InGathering in October. The following October, the amazing number of 90 quilts were delivered. The work, the goal, and the mission continues to increase! Working in the church basement 2 evenings and one full day each month, the accomplishment by many previously inexperienced quilters is amazing. The group numbers nearly 20 quilters, with new folks joining all the time. The Faithful Hands members truly feel the privilege that it is to serve God and his people in the way of providing warmth, shelter, and love that possessing one of the quilts provides. Thanks be to God!