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LWR Mission Quilt distribution at Missionaries of Charity in January 2012.

LWR Mission Quilt distribution at Missionaries of Charity in January 2012. Photo by Sourob Gomes.

Beautiful Work:
Serving Christ in
One Another

By Jessica Katzenstein

Mother Teresa once said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” Through a simple combination of fabric and thread, you can create something beautiful and life-affirming: a Quilt that shows people in need that they are neither unloved nor forgotten.

In early January, LWR Mission Quilts found their way to Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa to care for the world’s most impoverished people. Missionary Sisters distributed Quilts – over 700 of them – at Prem Dan, a shelter for homeless and destitute women and men in Kolkata, India.

“The smiles of recipients were deeply inspiring and encouraging,” says Rakhi Bhattacharya, Lutheran World Relief’s Country Director in India. “[This distribution brought me much] faith in our work and what we do.”

LWR works with Missionaries of Charity through our longstanding partner, Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action. CASA requests 65,000 Quilts from LWR in an average year for distribution at orphanages, HIV/AIDS hospices and homes for the elderly.

LWR Quilts, stitched in love, brought joy and warmth to the residents of Prem Dan. They also represent a powerful connection between U.S. Lutherans and Mother Teresa’s inspiring ministry.

At Prem Dan, residents were very happy to receive the beautiful, colorful LWR Quilts. Many of them said, “Thank you, this will save me from the cold.”

With the products of your needle and thread, you can reach out to those in the greatest need and wrap them in comfort. You can show them that they are not alone. In the simple act of stitching a Quilt, you can touch lives, inspire hope and create change.

As Mother Teresa said, “There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in — that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”

Through the beautiful gifts of LWR Mission Quilts, Lutherans live out these words every single day. Thank you!

To learn more about quilting for LWR, visit lwr.org/quilt.

Jessica Katzenstein is LWR’s Program Assistant for Congregational Engagement.

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