By Bernie Lee, Synod Communicator for St. David, West Columbia

Reach out to someone in their greatest time of need with a strong message of hope – you are not alone, you are loved! God loves us, and God loves through us by our addressing human suffering, injustice, and emergencies. Lutheran World Relief does this in part by sending quilts, personal kits and school kits to those who live in poverty, are refugees of war or suffer from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, drought and floods. People are resilient but they need relief and that’s where groups like We Care at St. David Lutheran Church, West Columbia SC help. Over the past year these ladies met for each Sunday School hour, the first Monday evening of the month and for an occasional Saturday workday to make 59 mission quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Some cut, sewed and tacked while others donated fabric, filler, supplies and money for shipping of the quilts. Each quilt is a work of love meant for an individual who needs a shield against the cold or rain, a warm bed, a floor covering, a simple tent or a baby wrap; a quilt is versatile. Pastor James Laurence blessed the quilts with a dedication on October 15, 2017, by using Psalm 145:15-16, “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” By God’s grace now is the time for our serving. The lives of all who help make these quilts are filled abundantly, and their hearts and hands are blessed in their making. God provides in his grace for those in need through our helping hands. So, the St. David We Care ministry group will continue to prepare more quilts in this next year. Learn how you can become involved at https://lwr.org/get-involved/quilts. One church made 59 quilts, but in 2016 many Lutheran churches with quilting groups donated 534,144 quilts and school or personal kits which were sent to 16 countries all over the world. How much comfort can we provide in this coming year?

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