36 In Joppa there was a follower named Tabitha. Her Greek name was Dorcas, which means “deer.” She was always doing good things for people and had given much to the poor. 37 But she got sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Joppa wasn't far from Lydda, and the followers heard that Peter was there. They sent two men to say to him, “Please come with us as quickly as you can!” 39 At once, Peter went with them.
The men took Peter upstairs into the room. Many widows were there crying. They showed him the coats and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was still alive.
40 After Peter had sent everyone out of the room, he knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the body of Dorcas and said, “Tabitha, get up!” The woman opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet.
Peter called in the widows and the other followers and showed them that Dorcas had been raised from death.42 Everyone in Joppa heard what had happened, and many of them put their faith in the Lord. Acts 9:36-42 (Contemporary English Version)
The life of Dorcas inspired me to start a sewing ministry at CKBC and teach women of the church to sew and make items for missions and charity. We started making pillowcase dresses, shorts, and backpacks for children of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Then led by God, we learned to make blankets for foster care children of our "Jerusalem" thru Butterfly Haven. God has blessed our ministry in serving others by reaching out with the love sewn into the blankets of hope to these children.
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