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Ozark’s Pleasant Grove Church sets up space to sew for otherscomment (0)

June 11, 2009

By Emily Flack


Katy Mitchell of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Ozark, had a career sewing for the public for 40 years until one night, God awoke her and asked, “Why don’t you sew for me?”

And that was that.

With the help of others at her Dale Baptist Association church who shared the vision of fulfilling God’s call to a sewing ministry, a cluttered storage room at the church became a seamstress’s utopia.

And it became a place to begin changing the lives of others — the Dorcus Mission Room.

Church members spent the year of 2007 building the room — which lacked proper walls, flooring, ceiling and outlets — from the ground up. They gathered donations of fabric, thread, sewing and embroidery machines, ironing boards and countertops.

Everything the sewing room needed to be fully equipped was provided, Mitchell said. Someone even donated mismatched pieces of flooring.

“It’s beautiful. It looks like a patchwork quilt,” she said.

The five to eight women who gather every Thursday night at 6:30 sew head caps for cancer patients, pocketed walker covers and quilts to donate to local hospitals and nursing homes.

Eventually they also plan to sew baby clothes and bibs for a pregnancy center.

Mitchell said sewing with a ministry focus has changed her life. “It’s giving me a passion to do more for others. And doing something for Jesus is important to me.”

Thanks to an article in Missions Mosaic, a monthly national Woman’s Missionary Union publication, she was introduced to an international sewing project.

The project, called Children Hemmed in Prayer, was founded by Mary Beth Turberville of Philadelphia Baptist Church, Smiths Station, in Russell Baptist Association.

About seven years ago, Turberville started taking foreign missions trips, and while in Nicaragua, the idea came to her to sew uniforms for the children who are banned from going to school without them.

Turberville, a mother of eight, said, “We are to bless others the way God blesses us.”

It seemed like a great idea to the seamstresses at Pleasant Grove Baptist. They have sewn and donated 150 uniforms to Children Hemmed in Prayer, which distributes them primarily in India and Nicaragua.

Through their sewing ministry, the women clothe people, bathe them in prayer and share Christ with them. They hope to pass this ministry on to others.

Everyone is welcome to the Dorcus Mission Room, whether he or she can sew or not — people can be taught, Mitchell said.

If interested in helping out in the Dorcus Mission Room, then call Mitchell at 334-774-8484.

For more information about Children Hemmed in Prayer, visit hemmedinprayer.org. 

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