Saturday, April 11
Presbytery of Northumberland
We at Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church in Mill Hall consider ourselves a family of God. And when a need arises, our family comes together, with members giving freely of their time and talents to anything placed before them. That is exactly how our prosthesis ministry started. We had recently learned that 35 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have a mastectomy and that 35 percent of those have no insurance coverage for reconstructive surgery.
We could not find any groups in the state that provided prostheses as a ministry, so we decided to move forward and see where God led us. We presented the idea to our very active prayer-shawl ministry, and they decided to take up the challenge. Our goal was to hand make prostheses and provide them to anyone in need, free of charge. Many in our church family have breast-cancer stories, and some have even lost loved ones to this terrible disease. This ministry was our way of helping and giving back to others.
We started making prostheses right away. Some we sewed. Others we knitted or crocheted using an ultra pima cotton yarn that is very soft against the skin. Our local newspaper did an article. Word spread, and women started calling, some from as far away as Maryland. Some wanted to help make prostheses. Others were just recovering from surgery. All we needed was an address, and the prosthesis was sent out. Some are delivered by hand. Some are custom fitted. God is working through this ministry. Through the dedication and hard work of our wonderful ladies, they are helping many.
The Presbytery of Northumberland is home to 41 congregations.
—Susan Champion, pastor, Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church, Mill Hall
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Dear Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Help us to continue doing your work and advancing your kingdom. Allow others to see the love we have for you through our service. Amen.