2015-08-19 / Editorial

Thankful for support and prayers for Sybil’s Hem of Hope

To the editor:

As of July 1, 2015, I am no longer taking alterations.

I wish to say thank you for your support and prayers.

This ministry could not have happened without you.

Thanks to you, your donations have touched many hearts, helped put food on tables, further educations, furnish heat in the winter, helped make a happy Christmas, helped tornado victims. And helped in many ways we probably will never know of.

It’s okay not to know, God does. Knowing that we have been a part of making someone else’s life just a little bit better, even for a little while, for me is absolutely a good thing.

It just simply warms my heart.

I have been asked if I’m okay health-wise because of this decision. Yes, I’m very much okay.

This decision is solely due to what I feel the Lord is telling me.

My plans were to take July off to take care of some things around the house that we had not had time to do and then go back to sewing in August.

Once I made this decision, I felt that the Lord was talking to me and told me to quit.

Not grasping the full meaning, I started planning for the time I would be starting back.

I was standing in my kitchen and it was as if the Lord sat at my kitchen table and said, “What part of this do you not understand? You need to quit now.”

I have felt that the Lord has been preparing me for something over the past few months.

I’m not sure what, but one thing I do know is that I will not be alone and he will be my guide and prepare me for whatever it is.

The Lord gave me this ministry six years ago.

It came at a very difficult time in my life.

Sybil’s Hem of Hope has been one of the many blessings I have received.

I have met and worked with so many people who have become such good friends.

As you know, I did not charge for the alterations, but I did ask for donations, which would be used to help others. I turned the donations in to my church — Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church.

Since starting this ministry, your donations have amounted to $23,155, which just to list a few, have been used over the years for the following:

Person County’s Christian Help Center and Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary for the Care for One Hundred on a regular basis; sent funds in for the purchase of cots for the warming centers; Person County Hospice; disaster relief; Relay for Life; coats for homeless veterans; global missions; mission trips; Samaritan’s Purse; Ronald McDonald House; St. Jude Children’s Hospital; and many love offerings.

We never keep a high balance in this account because we are constantly using it to help others.

That’s what this is all about. As I said, I do not know what the Lord has in store for me, but he will reveal it to me in his time.

He has allowed me to sit at my sewing machine and just sew away — something that I have enjoyed so much for many years.

Thank you and may God bless each of you.

MARY LEE CLAYTON
Sybil’s Hem of Hope
Roxboro

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