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Blanket Ministry

Pieces From Heaven Blanket Ministry

Deuteronomy 16:15 says, “The Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands and your joy will be complete.”

Hi, We’re Debra Holden (Director) and Gloria Whisler (Co Director) and we would like to take this opportunity to share with you a little bit about our Blanket Ministry and how it got started.

Learning to do needlework had always been a desire of mine. When I became a Christian 15 years ago God fulfilled that desire by sending me to Hancock College where they have a wonderful needlework program. I didn’t realize it at the time, but God had a plan. When God had blessed me with the gift of needlework, I felt an overwhelming desire to get his word out through the blankets that I was making for friends and family. I wanted them to fill the same kind of joy that I felt in knowing our Savior. So I started making little tags that read, “You are Precious in Gods Sight,” or” In a Babies Happiness You Can See Gods Smile” or “God Loves You” and tying them on the packages that I would give to them. During this same time, he had me delivering for Meals on Wheels which brought me great joy. I spent 3 years there and loved every minute of it. I met a lot of wonderful people including the staff, people just out of surgery, elderly shut ins, and people with illnesses.

One day when I was looking through one of my hobby catalogs, I came across a pattern for lap blankets. I thought “WOW,” that would be great for people who have to be in Wheel chairs. Maybe I could make one and give it to the care team to give out. Then I thought, they see so many people one lap blanket wouldn’t be enough. I then heard that still small voice say, “You need more people.” It startled me and I realized what God was calling me to do. Immediately, I started arguing with him. Lord, I’m not a leader, I’m a follower. Then I thought, they see so many people one lap blanket wouldn’t be enough. I then heard that still small voice say, “You need more people.” It startled me and I realized what God was calling me to do. Immediately, I started arguing with him. Lord, I’m not a leader, I’m a follower.

Did you know that It doesn’t do any good to argue with God? I decided to be obedient and I want you to know that God knew me better than I knew myself, because I can’t tell you enough what this ministry means to me. Looking back on my life, I now see that God was preparing me for the blanket ministry. He taught me how to do needlework, He had me working with people who were ill and lost and now he wanted me to bless them with beautiful handmade blankets. The Lord called me into this ministry in 2002 and blessed me with Gloria in 2003. Gloria’s enthusiasm and great love for the Lord has inspired me and she has been a tremendous asset to this ministry.

New Life Community Church and Grace Bible Church have joined together and have been distributing these handmade blankets through out our community in order to reach out to people who are in need of encouragement and to let them know there is hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. We currently give to such organizations as Normal life of California, [for the disabled], Social Services, [for abused children], The Salvation Army, [for the homeless, elderly shut ins, and disadvantaged pregnant women], Babyline, {for new babies at Grace church}, New babies at New Life Church, Lifeline, Choices, Arroyo Grande Hospital, Casa De Vida, Home bound, Area Police Departments, E.O.C., Family Care Network, and many others.

We have been blessed with many beautiful testimonies that mean so much and touch our hearts in this ministry. We get together on Wednesday mornings where many hours and a lot of love go into making crocheted, knitted, and quilted, blankets, hats, and booties. We also hand make labels that are sewn on to the blankets and then put into beautiful gift bags that are prayed over and then taken to that special person. Working as a team with these incredibly gifted women has been a complete blessing to us. It is awesome to see the love of the Lord working in each and every one of them. The Lord has completely provided for every need we have come across and it is absolutely incredible what he has done in this ministry.
God continues to keep his promises.

If you have also been blessed with the gift of needlework, I hope you will be encouraged to come and join us for some fun and fellowship. I am very excited about what God has already accomplished in this ministry, and what his plans are for the future. May God Bless You!:)