Quilts Raise Money for Congo
“Every stitch a prayer.” Not only is this the motto of the Congo Cloth Connection, it’s also the title of the largest and most expensive piece auctioned off at their booth on Thursday evening.
The quilt was stitched at convention by approximately 70 people, including Ervin Stutzman, the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. The quilt, which sold for $1,800, was pieced by Joy Hess of Goshen, Ind., and stitched by the women of her congregation, College Mennonite Church.
Another featured item was a wall hanging titled “Community Women,” an original design by Hess. She also pieced the wall hanging, which sold for $825.
Proceeds from the sale will go to the BOMEN Sewing Training Center in Kinshasa, Congo. Nine quilted pieces were sold at the auction, with proceeds totaling $4,210.
The Congo Cloth Connection is an organization that is building relationships between Mennonite women in the Congo and the United States.
“I believe in this cause, because these women use their gifts, and monetarily I can support that,” said one bidder, Ron Lehman of Chesapeake, Va. “Their sewing here helps fund the ministry across the ocean.”