Amish novels are so much fun to read! The characters are always taking walks, or cooking, or sewing! Many times the characters are ministering to someone else—someone who is sick or maybe just someone who is a bit lonely.
So what can you do to minister to someone you know? I came up with five ideas, but I bet in the COMMENT section you can give us even more.
1. Make a prayer shawl or afghan. I’m making one right now for a friend who has cancer. I emailed her and told her I was making it and praying for her as I crochet each row. It’s not about how well you crochet or knit. It’s about using a specific time to raise that person and their needs to the Lord.
2. Teach someone. I’ve had so many people tell me they’d like to learn to crochet or knit. I refer them to YouTube! But we learn best when someone is sitting right beside us, and what a sweet time of fellowship that is. I learned from a seventeen-year-old student when I was teaching high school. We started a knitting club after school. What a special time to spend together.
3. Say yes! Many times we make items but don’t know what to do with them. When God prods you to be generous to someone else, do it! I’ve even been contacted through Facebook, asking if I’ll donate a crocheted item to an auction. Sure! The things you make aren’t for your closet. They’re to bless people—loved ones, family members, and sometimes strangers!
4. Find a charity organization. Whether it’s chemo caps or preemie blankets, you can support a charity organization with your sewing. It’s a wonderful way to touch lives and share with them the love of Christ.
5. Be creative. Sometimes sewing isn’t really SEWING. For instance, I’ve started “cleaning” dolls from our local mission. I wash their clothes, maybe knit them a hat, wash them, and then add a small baby blanket. (You can cut four small doll blankets out of one baby blanket from Walmart.) Then I give the dolls back to the mission. Sewing isn’t always sewing. Sometimes it’s just looking at something and finding ways to turn it into a blessing for someone else.
Many of these things can be done while you watch television in the evening or for fifteen minutes of your lunch break. What I’ve found is that I’m the one who has received the blessing when I use my talents to help others.