A Knack for Knitting
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knittingValida Wall of Lethbridge, Alberta always has some sort of knitting or crocheting project on the go. Whether it’s a new sweater for one of her grandchildren or an afghan for a friend, she likes to keep her needles clicking. Then one day Valida discovered a way to turn her hobby into a ministry. That opened up an entirely new venue for her handiwork.

How it all Began
It all started when Valida learned that the local Birthright centre, an international, pro-life ministry, that provides counseling and support to women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy, was in need of volunteers who could knit afghans, sweaters, bonnets and other items for newborn babies. Getting together with some ladies from her church, Valida set to work.

As time went on, Valida started doing projects on her own as well. Since she started, Valida has knit or crocheted many items, all of which were given to unwed mothers who have given birth. Although Valida never met any of the mothers to whom her gifts have been given, it still makes her feel good to know that God can use her abilities to help others.

“God gave me the gift, so I wanted to use it for him,” Valida says. “I don’t condone what the girls have done, but girls make mistakes. At least they’re choosing to keep their babies or give them up for adoption rather than abort them. I think it’s important to support them any way we can.”

First her Community and then the World
A few years ago, Paul Soetopo, a missionary to Indonesia, told Valida about another way she could use her abilities.  Knitting and making baby clothes for babies born to homes of Indonesian pastors. So that is what Valida and her friend are doing now. The Indonesians pastors and wives are overjoyed to get these new baby clothes for each of their newborn.  

“The need is great, so if you have the gift or talent to do something like that, use it,” Valida says. “It’s a very rewarding thing. I enjoy knitting and crocheting anyway, and if I can do it for something like this, it makes it all the better.”

Last year she experienced an unexpected reward for her ministry.  She was diagnosed with cancer and because of her ministry to the Indonesians, thousands of them prayed for her healing. What a comfort and encouragement it has been to her to know that she has so many people praying for her.

The Lord says, “For if you give, you will get!  Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you”   Luke 6:38

*Valida's journey with cancer ended on November 27th, 2007 when she went home to be with her beloved Lord.

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You Can Help in Your Community
Although Birthright is always looking for such donations, Valida is quick to point out that Birthright isn’t the only place that needs help. Hospitals and other community services also require such items.

“The need is great, so if you have the gift or talent to do something like that, use it,” Valida says. “It’s a very rewarding thing. I enjoy knitting and crocheting anyway, and if I can do it for something like this, it makes it all the better.”

To learn more about how you can provide knitted or crocheted items to Birthright, please call #1-800-550-4900 or e-mail info@birthright.org to find the centre nearest you.


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