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Friday, 10 March 2017

South Africa Trip 3

On Wednesday lunchtimes the One Future Foundation Team take lunch down for the homeless on Durban sea front. Each week the people gather and wait for the team to arrive. 


 Food is donated by different companies, sandwiches are made up and each person receives those together with a drink, snacks and an apple. Some take extra for their children


After the food is handed out, most of those who have gathered will wait for the pastor to bring a word of encouragement. This is always welcomed by the poor and vulnerable who are there. On this occasion my husband brought the word and we were privileged afterwards to be able to pray with those who asked. The lives that these people live are desperate, if they dont make enough money during the day by begging or during the night if they are sex workers, then they dont have a roof over their heads to sleep. Those roofs are at the shelters that I mentioned in my previous post. Often they will sleep on the beach when the weather is good.

 



The message my husband brought was one of unconditional love and hope, these people were captivated by hearing of the Heavenly Father who looks at them through eyes of love and doesnt see them as they see themselves. We were able to reassure them of His love and of our love. Most had never known human love in their lives before and to hear that they can have this Father child relationship with a heavenly Father was a new concept. We left this time wanting to go right back and sharing the Fathers heart all over again.

if you would like to help support our daughter and family as they work to bring hope to the homeless please visit
www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Quilted Cushions

I've been making quilts for years, having done a few courses back in the early 90's. Recently I started a City & Guilds in Patchwork & Quilting, although over the years I have picked up much of the basics, I thought that to do a qualification would help me in the future if I decide to teach the subject. With the C & G I have to carry out the work and then post it all on a blog for grading. If you would like to look at the work I've been doing you can see it at www.lindseytomsquilts.wordpress.com

I am also thinking about trying to sell my quilts etc on line. I have had an etsy shop in the past, selling children's clothes,but although I sold some items, I just didnt have the time to promote it and found that others were selling similar items on etsy at much lower prices. 
At the moment I am trying to build up a number of items which I think may sell on a website, when I get around to setting one up.
Here is one of the cushions that I have made, I love the 'flying geese' design for quilts and I also love plains and Liberty fabrics.
I quilted this cushion with a Sashiko style stitching using a very fine crochet thread.