John 15:4,5 (NIV)
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. “
One person alone could not have accomplished what this ministry had set out to do when the idea was in its infancy in 2002 … God has blessed this ministry by providing willing hearts and hands to come together to help bring comfort to orphans throughout the world.
The Jabez Blanket Ministry provides “Backpacks of Hope” for Orphans living in unimaginable poverty in Orphanages around the world.
The Jabez “Backpack of Hope” contains a colorful, hand-crocheted or knitted blanket for warmth, a comforting Teddy Bear “friend” and essential School Supplies for learning.
“If the longing eyes of a tiny, fragile child were to look up into your eyes, and you were able to place a warm blanket in his/her hands and a precious little bear next to his/her heart, who would be the happier? The child or you?”
Since its inception in 2002, Jabez Blanket Ministry has shipped Backpacks of Hope to 20 countries around the world! What began as a simple question: ‘what can I do?’ has, with God’s blessing, become an international ministry reaching orphans in some of the poorest nations across the globe.
Catherine Trafford Welk and her sister Sharon Trafford James worked together to create a way to help orphans. Catherine and Sharon did not know how big this ministry would be but they began, led by God, to help in whatever way He wanted, and “God granted ‘them’ what ‘they’ requested.”
Where do the blankets come from? The ladies of Calvary Baptist Church in Killaloe, Ontario helped Catherine get the ball rolling back in 2002 by taking up knitting and crocheting in their homes and since that time the word of this ministry has been shared across Ontario and now even in the United States, many crochet/knit bees have started as a result of this ministry to Orphans. They are largely in church group settings, however other groups to start crocheting/knitting include homeschooling groups, seniors homes, a high school, and college and even a women’s prison in the States.
Where do the blankets go? In February of 2009 the number of blankets and completely filled, “Backpacks of Hope” that were shipped in separate shipments totalled 757. These shipments went out to Haiti, Ukraine and South Africa.
Countries that have received blessings from Jabez Blanket Ministry include the following: Haiti, Zambia, Kenya, Eastern Siberia, Ukraine, Russia, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia, Romania, Nepal, Swaziland, Bengal, Lebannon, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Honduras, Uganda, Sudan and China.
The Jabez Blanket Ministry has had an article published in “Above Rubies” magazine which is sent to 90 different countries which largely brought a response in the hundreds, from the United States and Canada, and several from places like New Zealand and Australia and even Papua New Guinea!
How can you get involved? You can pray for this ministry to orphans around the world. A work such as this can only succeed with God’s blessing and guidance. Pray for Catherine Trafford Welk and her sister Sharon Trafford James who are the administrators and facilitators of this ministry that is very close to their hearts.
For Blanket Instructions, or further Ministry information, or to help with the basic material costs of a Jabez “Backpack of Hope” (tax receiptable), kindly contact:
Jabez Blanket Ministry International
P.O. Box 336
Killaloe, Ontario, Canada
The Jabez Blanket Ministry is a Canadian Registered Charity, working jointly with established North American Organizations.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV