After nearly a year of printing fabric (Colours of Hope story), we finally found it, the perfect scarf material! It is so very soft, it prints sharp and clean and bleeds through to the back side. Finally we have the very thing that started this whole pursuit. We can literally wrap people in my art. I had it in my hands, my first 'Hope' scarf, printed with perfection, beautiful, soft, truly glorious. Helen had cut the fabric in two pieces, hemmed the edges and added the 'care instructions', this was what I was looking for, this was going to be the item that out sold all of the cushions, purses and bags; 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.
In Acts 19:12, the scripture says that fabric touched Paul and the anointing of God was transferred onto the scarves and hankies, and as the disciples sent out the fabric it healed the sick. I know this God of miracle working power and I know that in the name of Jesus, all things are possible (Matt 19:26).
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, so we kept buying the fabric. We now continue to send scarfs on assignment. Filled with hope and prayers for healing, we are sending out scarfs to people in need. We do not sell them, we send them on assignment, because sometimes there are things worth more than money.
Some people sponsor the vision, but the scarfs are sent FREE. We send them anywhere they need to go, from whoever requests one. They are sent anonymously, with a card simply stating that they have been prayed for. Beautiful, soft, saturated in colour and hope and it arrives in the post to be a blessing and a comfort. It makes people feel loved and valued. It is inspiring hope and releasing healing.
We have heard amazing testimonies of how impacting receiving the scarfs have been. This is prophetic art being sent out to release the kingdom of God. In the past 11 months since we started this pursuit we have sent over 350 scarfs to 8 different nations.
'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 more info about sending a Scarf on Assignment contact Froyle Neideck
If you would like to sponsor the Scarfs on Assignment you can donate here.
Two weeks ago we sent a scarf to a young lady who had lost her husband to suicide.
This is her response to receiving the scarf on assignment.
"I had asked the Lord for a sign, some days ago. I prayed for some kind of confirmation that I am not alone as I have been feeling. I asked for some symbol of His presence, some form of proof that He can hear me, that He is with me. Since my beloved husband's death, I have endured a deep, hollow emptiness that is too hard to put in words. My faith was rocked and I was scared the Lord could not hear me. I was scared He had left my life, as my husband did.
My trips to my mailbox of late have been further depressing. I have had so much to take on in the wake of the recent tragedy. Suffice to say, I no longer look forward to checking the mail, until…
I grabbed the mail on my way to ballet class, I had arrived a little early for dance, so I thought I would open this curious package. With a heavy heart I tore it open.
I unravelled a magic scarf!
The moment I put it in my hands, something wonderful and warm flooded my soul. Reading the cards that came with it, brought me genuine joy, it felt like the Lord Himself had sent me some mail.
Suddenly, His presence was so palpable there, surrounding me, I instantly felt brave, protected, loved and for the first time in a while, I felt a great light shining down on me. With these sensations also came a feeling of calm assurance. Such peace came over me.
Every time I wear it, I feel beyond empowered. I wore it to my private ballet class and I felt so thoroughly blessed, my heart was bursting. Needless to say, I can feel God's love for me within this scarf, it is the sign I asked for, the very confirmation I had been yearning for. The timing was incredible. When I touch it or wear it, I can feel the love of God's people that helped the scarf come to me. I can almost hear the Lord smiling. I am unable to properly express the extent and depth of my gratitude”.
3 August 2015
This is Nana. She does have a name, Helen and Nana is my mum, but everybody calls her Nana! Nana was siting on her couch, where she had dropped off to sleep. I rang her and the sound of the phone gave her such a fright, that she fell off the couch, hit her side table, sent her glass of wine flying and she landed on the floor with the smashed glass.
I thought it was pretty funny when she told me, but Nana had hurt her arm in the landing and she was not laughing! Groaning in pain, laying on her bed later, she looked up and saw the scarf that had been previously prayed on for her. She thought to herself, "well, I have nothing to loose" and so she wrapped the scarf around her throbbing arm.
Nana says within five minutes the pain left and she hasn't felt it again! Now Nana doesn't jump to conclusions and not one to make a fuss, she wanted to be sure she was healed. So she squeezed her arm and pushed on it looking for the pain, nope, it wasn't there it had gone!
This is very good news, because Nana is the one making all the scarfs that we send out on assignment. Her testimony is real, her experience is authentic and this is very powerful for the atmosphere of faith in which she sews. Everything we send, goes out on assignment with love, to encourage people, to inspire hope and to release the presence of God.
The pain has still not returned in her arm!
Helen Ludwig (Nana)
3 August 2015