We provide clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny prmature and sick infants. We desire to show God's love to the parents and loved ones of there babies in their time of uncertainty. Perhaps those who are experiencing incomprehensible pain may know a peace and serenity that extends beyond the situation. We want to simply be there to bring the unspoken message of God's presence and His infinite love and compassion.
As Christians, we are all given a gift and are expected to develop and use it to collectively support and comfort one another. Through all circumstances we serve God and he has been continually faithful - providing all the necessities of this ministry as it grows.
We will begin our efforts by providing items to one hospital, and hope to expand to another area hospitals as our group grows.
We plan to meet regularly to complete packets, work on items, share ideas and package items for delivery.
-Our Mission Statement-
Threads of Love is a sewing ministry meeting the needs of time premature infants and newborns who die due to stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death. The ministry is about healing and binding hearts together of parents at a time of uncertainty about their baby's health or when they lose an infant. Our mission is to show parents the love of God at a time when their personal plan is hard to endure and let them know that God is faithful. Through acts of obedience and donation, His work can and will continue.
-How You Can Help-
Of course, we need a sewers and crafters to provide their time and talents to produce the items distributed. You can provide your own materials, or we can provide fabric. Patterns and instructions are also provided.
Even if you can't sew, we can use your help! We need volunteers who can assist us by:
· Cutting our fabric (even if you can't sew)
· Packing the donated items.
· Hand sewing Threads of Love labels on all items.
· Donating fabric, threads, trims, baby yarn etc...
· Praying for the success of our chapter
The seed for this ministry was planted in the fall of 1993 when a pediatrician from Earl K Long Charity Hospital in
Baton Rouge, contacted Reverend Russ Stevenson at 1st Presbyterian Church with a request for help. She saw a need for tiny burial gowns for patients who were born prematurely and were too sick or tiny to survive. Regular newborn clothing was too large for these babies; so several ladies from the church joined the endeavor in making the little dresses. Someone donated a gift of $100. Then the only thing the ladies needed to furnish was thread and love.
Thus the ministry of Threads of Love was begun...reaching for the babies in the NICU who survived, but sometimes remained in the hospitals for months. It meant so much for the parents to see their babies dressed up like "real" babies.
Threads of Love soon added all sorts of things to their sewing list...all in tiny sizes - day gowns, caps, booties, blankets, wrapper shirts, keepsake bonnets and miscarriage wrappers. Packets containing these items were distributed to the parents of premature or sick babies as a gesture of saying silently - God loves you and He is with you.
A prayer is enclosed with each packet as a tool for reaching families at a time in their lives when they need to be reassured that God is there and He is always faithful.
Threads of Love has since grown through chapters all across the country. As of January 2003 there were over 130 Chapters in the US... all wrapping these families in Threads of Love.
-Threads of Love Website-
The national organization's website is a great resource. You will find:
- Mission Statement
- Past newsletters (1998 - present)
- Chapter listing
- Convention News and Testimonies
- History and Timelines
- Board of Directors
- Sample Patterns and Prayers