Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel
Sunday, December 15, 2019
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Crafter News


 Special Shoes for Special Kids 

Children at Casa Bernabé, an orphanage in Guatemala, try on shoes sent by EAMC's Kingdom Crafters.

Last summer, Kingdom Crafters sent seven boxes of clothing and shoes to a church in Ohio. Why?

“Hidden on the side of a mountain, outside Guatemala City, Casa Bernabé (House of Comfort) is home to over 100 children” as it states on the website for Friends of Children Everywhere (FOCE), a U.S. nonprofit that supports the facility. CB, as it’s called, is near and dear to the hearts of affiliates Julia and Rich Pollock for it is from this orphanage that they adopted their son Sergio. 

One of the Pollock’s contacts at CB is Ashley Cunningham, the development director for FOCE, which provides 80% of the funding needed to care for the children. The group’s mission is to bring the hope of Christ to the children who call Casa Bernabé home. 

Ashley’s church in Ohio deploys mission teams to both the orphanage and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The items donated by our Crafters were divided between the orphanage and the reservation. What follows is a thank you note from Ashley:

Hi Julia! The distributions went really well. The shoes all went to Casa Bernabé and I have attached some photos of that (including one where a little girl wanted to try on a pair of our shoes when we were distributing them!) 





The clothing was donated but not distributed while our (church) team was at Pine Ridge in South Dakota so I don't have any photos of that to share. 

Thank you so much for being such a blessing!

Ashley Cunningham
Development Director

Projects + Prayers = Happiness

Some of our busy Kingdom Crafters proudly display dresses they made for Haiti Outreach Ministries.

 In Julia Pollock’s January 2019 report to the Board of Governors, she had this to say, 

“The most fun for this group is the happiness we share when we send off our projects with a prayer.” 

The Kingdom Crafters must be the happiest group on the island based on the number of projects they undertake. Here’s their tally since November:

For the 9th annual Veteran Community Homeless & Resource Stand Down in Jacksonville, N.C., they crocheted or knitted 26 scarves and 33 hats. The Stand Down will be held on February 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The crafters welcome until February 1 any completed items you donate for this ministry. Contact Julia Pollock for drop-off arrangements.

They donated 100 dresses to Haiti Outreach Ministry, through affiliate Pat Gunter, for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C., to take with them on their spring missions trip to the island. 

For Vigilant Hope (serving the poor and homeless in Wilmington, N.C.), they sent 25 ponchos with hats and scarves in a string bag or recycled vinyl dog food bag turned into durable reusable carryall. Affiliate Laura Bloodworth assisted with this. 

The crafters redistributed two car loads of gently-used and brand new clothing from Wilmington to Surf City Middle School, Onslow Women’s Center (providing crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault), Rescue Mission of Cape Fear (offering both physical and spiritual healing to the homeless population of Wilmington), and Vintage Values (a resale store providing shelter and services for victims of domestic abuse).

They gave 20 newborn caps to Wake Med obstetrics and neonatal intensive care units via affiliate Sandra Davis. 

The Crafters were thrilled to help Denise Sanderson pack a box for her nephew serving with the Air Force in South Korea over the holiday. We included one of our red ponchos/hat/scarf sets— he’s a North Carolina State University fan— plus a fleece blanket and a scarf from our Operation Gratitude inventory. It’s very cold in Korea!

Keep smiling, Crafters!! You make US smile with all you do.