MELDER/ALEXANDRIA – When the Women’s Missionary Union group at Pine Ridge Baptist Church learned at their monthly May meeting that the woman they were studying that month was sick, they decided to make her a quilt.
Hand-tied lap quilts are one of several ongoing ministries of this WMU group. With each of 60 or more ties per lapquilt, a prayer is given for the recipient.
[img_assist|nid=6554|title=Hand-tied lap quilts are one of several ongoing ministries of Pine Ridge Baptist WMU|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]“I have just the fabric – it’s angels,” said Callie Lance when the suggestion was made to make a quilt for Cindy Boney, who is a missionary with multiple sclerosis now serving with her director of missions/church starter strategist husband, Joe Boney, in Tongass Baptist Association, southeastern Alaska.
“The quilt is just beautiful,” Cindy Boney said in a telephone conversation on July 26. “It came just when I needed it the most as far as physical strength and just moving to a new place, leaving our children and grandchildren. The realization was setting in how far away we were from family.
“The scripture they sent with it – Isaiah 41:10 – along with them saying they prayed for me with each tie, meant so much,” said Boney, who with her husband was featured in the May issue of the WMU publication Missions Mosaic for their work in Kamiah, Idaho.
“When they interviewed us a year ago, I had no idea the change in our lives that was coming and that so many people would be praying for me at just the right time,” Boney said. “When that quilt came and I wrapped it around me, I felt wrapped up in God’s comfort. It was awesome how God provided that quilt just when I needed it.”
The Boneys arrived June 20 from Kamiah. They spent one night in their house in Ketchikan – which is the rainiest spot on earth that is inhabited, Boney said – before embarking on visits via ferry boat and airplane to the 16 churches on the islands that comprise the Tongass association.
“I still have struggles but I’m stronger than I’ve been in the past,” Boney said about her health issues. “The last three years I’ve done really well. … MS is better in cooler climates, so I’m enjoying this cooler summer.”
The Pine Ridge WMU took Cindy Boney’s partially-tied quilt to the Baptist Building in Alexandria, so the state WMU and missions staffs could add their prayers as they tied off the quilt.
“WMU takes our role in praying for missions and missionaries very seriously. We are biblically commanded to ‘pray without ceasing’ and we do,” said Janie Wise, director of women’s missions and ministries for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
“When women at Baptist Building had the opportunity to visually, actively and personally pray for Cindy Boney, it made her story and her life become ‘family’ for us,” Wise added.