By Froyle Neideck
I was moved with compassion, that's how all this started. I had just received my first 'Hope' scarf, printed with perfection, soft, beautiful, truly glorious. Nana had cut the fabric in two pieces, hemmed the edges and added the 'care instructions', I had them in my hands and then I received the messages. Two of them, the very next morning. One from a friend whose sister was going into surgery with a brain tumor and one from another friend, whose friend they knew, was given only weeks to live, dirty cancer.
How could I not respond when the need was so great, the pain so deep and life so valuable. This is not right all this suffering and pain. So I decided to send the two scarfs on assignment. Sent with love, prayer and hope. It was not a big thing, but it was something. It was what I had in my hands.
We just kept making them and sending them. Two, then six, twelve and by the end of the first month, we had sent out thirty! The requests just found their way in and my friends started to sponsor the vision. But there were now things I had not considered when I started.
Every week the scarfs require being prayed for, after all, this is the source of the power! I had not thought past the moment of my first initial passionate act. Now I was in a ministry team of incredibly fired up passionate lovers of God, who believe to see His presence and power released on the earth. It really is amazing! And there is the cost.
It was important to me for the scarfs to be free. The gospel of Christ is free, salvation and healing is received. I want that anointing to permeate the scarfs and I want it to be received freely. No strings, no conditions, no agenda. You don't have to 'like' me, be my 'friend' or follow me on twitter. But of course it does cost. The fabric cost, the postage cost, sewing the material costs. And another thing I did not consider when I started this, was that it would take me half a day to wrap each scarf, label, package and post them, especially when last week when we sent out 26! Twenty six in one week, that's a whole lot of love!
Whose idea was this? I can't tell you that I heard a booming voice from heaven with these instructions, I can't even say I gave it much thought, I was just moved with compassion and I know right now this feels right to be doing. When we hear someone say, 'I felt love flood over me' or that when they wrapped the scarf around their arm the pain left, in these moments I know it is right.
It is right to love, to give, to care. We are giving people an opportunity to 'pay it forward', to sew into someone else's life, to remind people that love matters, life is precious and God is an active participant.
Last year at a Woman's Lifestyle Expo, we took the scarfs out of my lounge and into the public arena. We had some on display, along with our Colours of Hope paintings, art cushions, purses and bags. But the scarfs were not for sale and on the first day everybody wanted to buy a scarf!
For some of the people hearing our story about the scarfs on assignment, was like a breath of fresh air, as they wrote down the names of their sick loved ones. For others, it took quite a while to understand that they were not for sale, but could be sent and lots of women wanted to buy them.
Whose idea was this? I could have sold a ton of scarfs! Seriously, I was doubting my resolve, but then by the end of the day we could see the incredible response. These were strangers, who we offered to send their friends and family a beautiful scarf to inspire hope and healing. No strings attached, no payment plan, just love. It is grace, the grace of God and we could see the impact on their hearts right in front of us. This has no monetary value.
There was one lady who was Nana's age. She shared with us that she had breast cancer and had the full surgery. She had no hair, was very ill and extremely tired. Nana wrapped a Hope scarf around her neck and encouraged her. She was overwhelmed, she could hardly speak and we may never see her again. But I am pretty sure, when she looks at that beautiful scarf, she will remember she is loved.
This is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair. It may not be a big thing that we are doing, but it is our thing and we are making a difference in the world one person at a time.
If you would like to join the revolution you can send a scarf or sponsor the scarfs HERE
Thank you for allowing me to share the story with you,
much love, Froyle
and of course the Colours of Hope Ministry Team!