Beanies and Blankets Starting the Trip to Swaziland

Africa November 2009-58Several months ago we asked you to knit beanies and collect blankets for the children of Swaziland. And you delivered. This week, the first shipping container full of blankets and beanies will leave Atlanta, GA destined for Swaziland. This 20′ container will include a portion of the 12,000 blankets that you all collected and 19,000 beanies that you knitted.

We can’t thank you enough for your commitment to this project and your desire to give these gifts to the children.

Thank you!

The Team at Heart for Africa

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89 year old BJ knits up a storm!

BJ from Michigan Knitting Beanies

BJ from Michigan Knitting Beanies

Meet BJ from Michigan. She is 89 years old and has been very ill. She has only been out of ICU for two weeks, but when she heard about the 15,000 orphans who needed warm hats she got right to work. She has made more than 100+ hats in less than two weeks! Amazing grace how sweet the sound. What a gift she is to the world and to the children of Swaziland.

Thank you to all of you who are knitting, crocheting and praying for these children.

We now have 20 states, 3 provinces and 8 countries involved. We are praying for you all as you do this wonderful work.

~Janine

“O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim Your might to another generation,
Your power to all those to come.”
(Psalm 71:17-18)

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An Update from The Beanie Machine

People from all over the country and around the world have joined The Beanie Machine and are knitting beanies for the 15,000 children that will participate in Celebrate Litsemba – 2010.  We are receiving wonderful feedback from people that are working on this project.  Below is a great email from Donna Bailey from New Mexico.

The New Mexico Beanie Team

The New Mexico Beanie Team

My daughter Stephanie went to Swaziland with Heart for Africa in July, and she hasn’t stopped talking about her trip.  Since I became a grandmother, I’ve wanted to learn how to knit and crochet.  I didn’t note on the form how many I plan to knit since I’m learning. I ordered two DVDs on “how to” and I’m going to Sue Kizer’s house here in Artesia tomorrow night where we’re having a class on how to make the hats.  I lived in Artesia for 10 years in the past and I’m visiting here this week. I had open heart surgery 13 weeks ago to replace my aortic valve, so I’ve been sidelined from a lot of  normal activity. Being a part of the beanie project allows me to be a part of the ministry that has touched my daughter’s heart, and helps me feel not quite so useless during this recovery phase of my life. I’m hoping I might encourage some women in my town of Eastland to be a part too!  Thanks!  Donna
PS –  As of last week I could make a single chain that would reach from Texas to New Mexico!  I’ve figured out how to make several new stitches since I ordered the videos.  I’m practicing every day because I want to create something beautiful for some of God’s beautiful children!

Thank you to everyone around the world that is working on beanies. If you want to get involved, go here to learn more about The Beanie Machine.

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Join the Beanie Machine

Join the Beanie MachineWe Need Your Knitting Skills

On July 23rd, 2010 Heart for Africa will host an event called Celebrate Litsemba at the National Stadium in Swaziland. Our guests will be 15,000 orphans and vulnerable children who have been left in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. The event is being held in their winter and it is very cold in Swaziland, so we want to provide each child with a hat made with love.

What Should They Look Like

That’s up to you! Please use your favorite knitting or crocheting pattern with your favorite wool in your favorite color. Each hat will be made with love and will be loved by the child the receives it. Each hat should be 7 1/2″ tall with a 8 1/2″ opening at the bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

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