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The ladies from Wurtland Church of God are using their amazing gift for crocheting to benefit babies in King's Daughters NICU. The growing group of women, led by congregation member Wanda Wireman, have so far donated nearly 50 colorful blankets and beanies to be presented to babies and mothers at the Medical Center. 

"I began making the blankets for my grandkids, and the Lord laid it on my heart to start a ministry for the hospital," said Wireman, who approached Wurtland Church of God's senior pastor, Henry Montgomery, with her idea. "We call it the Angel Ministry because these babies are like angels to us. We started with five of us but the group soon doubled and is about to double again."

"We teach our people to reach out to the community," Montgomery said. "When Wanda came to me, I thought this would be a wonderful way for them to use their gifts, build fellowship at church and help mothers and babies at King's Daughters." 

The church invited Jennifer Sparks, Patient Care Services director, to attend services and accept the blankets. "I was present at two beautiful services to accept their loving gifts to us," said Sparks. "It was so touching. They laid their hands on the blankets and prayed over them, and I had the opportunity to speak and express King's Daughters' appreciation to the congregation. This is such a wonderful gesture, and our mothers with babies in the NICU truly are touched by their generosity." 

Wurtland Church of God has been contacted by other churches that are interested in joining the mission. "We want to see every child covered," Wireman said. "Every blanket is annointed, and one of our members, Mike Waddell, wrote the prayer that is attached to each blanket." 

Montgomery said he is surprised at how fast the project has grown since Wireman approached him only a month ago. "We had no idea it would build as quickly as it has. There is no telling where it will go from here!" 

Photo: New mother Shannon Moore and son Christian with a blanket and beanie made by one of the Angel Ministry women.

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