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Sewing for the Master clothes needy around the world

Kansas sewing ministry has sent dresses, shorts, shirts, baby clothes, blankets, hats and more to Mexico, Tanzania, Zambia, Poland and Haiti.

Through its Sewing for the Master ministry, a Christian summer camp in Kansas has sent dresses, shorts, shirts, baby clothes, blankets, hats and more to Mexico, Tanzania, Zambia and even Poland for Ukrainian refugees.

Sewing for the Master founder Ann Maple helps a day camper.

Sewing for the Master founder Ann Maple helps a day camper.

The ministry first began as the vision of Ann Maple at the College Avenue Church of Christ in Eldorado, Ark. Maple started another Sewing for the Master ministry when she moved to Ulysses, Kan., in 2014.

Then, when Ann and her husband, Ted, retired to Silver Maple Camp near Kingman, Kan., in the fall of 2021, Ann naturally brought her sewing ministry with her.

In the time since, many other Christian women in the area have taken up the cause. Nearly all the supplies, machines and postage needed for the ministry have been donated by individual Christians.

The Bible Camp, which is associated with Churches of Christ and hosts hundreds of kids each summer for fun and Bible education, also hosts several other events and retreats at its facility.

One venture this year that has excited camp-goers has been the opportunity to be a part of a Vacation Bible School and day camps introducing children to the idea of helping others in need — and that includes working with the sewing ministry.

A worker bags up items to send to Haiti children. Looking on, to the right, are Ann Maple, her husband Ted and Hope for Haiti’s Children Development Director Steve Cooner.

A worker bags up items to send to Haiti children. Looking on, to the right, are Ann Maple, her husband Ted and Hope for Haiti’s Children Development Director Steve Cooner.

Silver Maple hosted two of these day camps with 15 children attending each event. Campers helped sew a dress to send to Hope for Haiti’s Children, a new mission contact for the group.

With the help of camp kids, the Sewing for the Master group was able to send 225 dresses, pants, shorts and shirts with Steve Cooner, development director of Hope for Haiti’s Children, who had come to visit Silver Maple and give a mission report about Haiti.

Members of the Sewing for the Master group say they are excited to be involved with sending clothing and many other items to this area.

In the future, they hope to expand the ministry with a bigger facility.

If you would like to help, you can send your donation to:

Silver Maple Camp
Sewing for the Master
4917 SE 100 Street
Kingman, KS 67068
Attention: Pam Turner

Silver Maple Camp, Southeast 100 Street, Kingman, KS, USA

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