Emily Barnes trip to Eagle’s Nest Children’s Home is Guatemala.
Tina Price trip to Uganda with Woman Up(A division of Man Up).
Written by Sherry Osland of Praise Works Quilting:
Quilts That Redeem – The Power of Prayer
“Do not fear, I will help you . . .” (Isaiah 41:13) “Fear not, for I have redeemed you . . . ” (Isaiah 43:1) “Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?” (Isaiah 44:8) “IF you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.” (Psalm 91:9,10)
The DO NOT FEAR assurances are as needed today as when the words were first said and recorded. The Psalm 91 verse brings promises to mind in terms of a specific ministry quilt given by our Sew Promises Quilt Ministry group.
Typically, we look around to see where a quilt might be given to help ease (redeem) a situation. We also give patriotic quilts to military men and women as a thank you for their service. For those serving from our local Church, we present them with a quilt in front of the congregation. The spouse and family come forward as well as anyone wanting to surround them with prayer. It is, indeed Holy Ground. We are given a chance to intervene and do battle on their behalf in the supernatural world. A Sew Promises member reads Psalm 91 as a prayer of protection over the one being deployed. I think of the quilt and prayers as a tangible hedge of protection as the quilt is draped over their shoulders, encircling them. Each military quilt has verses from Psalm 91 written on the label that is sewn onto the back of the quilt.
Awhile back, a Church member approached me with “the rest of the story” about one of the quilts given earlier in the year. A military couple had been in this member’s Sunday School class and had been given a quilt. Once the soldier had returned from deployment, the family immediately moved to their next assigned location, so they were gone when I was told the quilt’s story.
I have no idea how many of the military quilts actually deploy to the war zone with the soldier’s gear, but this one did. As it was told to me, one day the soldier was away from his tent on duty. He and several others called this tent “home”. When he returned later that day, he found the tent had taken a direct hit. I don’t know many of the details and I have no need to know. The spouse shared with me her husband is still dealing with the grief of losing his buddies that day. Also being dealt with is the miraculous power of prayer said on his behalf that Sunday with the quilt wrapped around him. When he searched through what was left of the tent – looking to salvage pictures of home, his Bible, etc., he found the quilt untouched from where he had left it that morning. The only things in the tent to survive were the quilt and those precious things it was covering.
Following are selected verses from the Psalm 91 prayer that was prayed that Sunday morning:
(Psalm 91: 9-12 & 14, 15) 9) “If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge – 10) then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11) For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12) they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. . . 14) ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15) He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
Pray . . . believing in the miraculous power of prayer.