Knifty Knitters

September 20, 2015 | by: Renette de Beer | 0 comments

Posted in: Ministry News Tags: knitting, church women's club, Faith's Orphan Fund, Zambia, clothing, toys, crafts

[The following was submitted by Harriette Mostert.]

Just four years ago a collection of women who enjoy sewing, knitting and crocheting formed a group they called the “Knifty Knitters.” Every second Tuesday morning, about a dozen older ladies come together to work on their projects, give and receive social support and exchange ideas and techniques in their crafts. However, each project also has a greater purpose.

The Knifty Knitters prepare blankets, sweaters, little stuffed dolls, washcloths and dresses all for people they have never met. Outside of their regular meeting time, these industrious women work at home to crochet, knit or sew things specifically requested by Faith’s Orphan Fund. The majority of items are donated to this charity with a Canadian base in Cambridge, Ontario and a destination of Zambia. Some of the items are also donated locally and distributed by the pregnancy resource centre to new mothers for their babies. It is gratifying for each member of the group that their donations are actually arriving at a place of great need.

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Twice each year, all the products made by this and other groups in the region are collected and packed up into about 200 boxes to be shipped to Zambia. The group members have met Zambian-born Faith Liyena whose vision for a ministry to orphans has been going strong for more than a decade. One of the ministries of Faith’s Orphan Fund include camp experience for older youth which includes vocational training in areas such as bricklaying and raising chickens along with Bible study. As well, communities are receiving training about how to best care for their orphans and children are given the opportunity to attend school up to Grade 12.

Each of the Knifty Knitters contributes in a unique way, with one specializing in little knitted dolls and another sewing simple dresses out of pillowcases and bed sheets as a way to save on the cost of materials. This group that does its work mostly without fanfare is nevertheless a valuable ministry at CCRC.

I am reminded of the words of Psalm 92: 14-15: “They [the righteous] will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” In our culture, seniors are not expected to contribute anymore to community life but to rest, relax and travel. This example of seniors continuing to do what they can for others is inspiring. Serving the LORD does not have a retirement age, as these women are modeling for us all.

If you have a talent for knitting, crocheting or sewing and you would like to become involved, the Knifty Knitters will be meeting this Tuesday morning, September 21st at 9:30 at the church. Visitors are welcome!