Thursday, April 16, 2009

Can you sew a zigzag?

If you can, join me in this evangelism effort:

Make a Parachute for Colombia

Guerrillas in Colombia attack and threaten Christians and sometimes drive believers from their own homes. The Voice of the Martyrs helps support a missionary pilot who drops Bibles and Christian books into guerrilla-controlled areas. The books float to the ground in small parachutes. “We need tens of thousands more parachutes!” said the pilot.

Follow the instructions below to make a chute. Send finished parachutes to:
VOM Parachutes
510 SW Adeline
P.O. Box 443
Bartlesville, OK 74003

Please include $3 with each chute to help pay for books, airplane fuel, and shipping costs. (the flier in the mail said 5$)

  1. Pray for Colombia as you make the chute.
  2. Cut a circle of white cloth (cotton or polyester) 22 inches in diameter.
  3. Using a marker, print “Dios es Amor” (“God is love” in Spanish) on the cloth. Please do not write in English and do not write other words.
  4. With a sewing machine, use a zigzag stitch (see diagram) to attach six 36-inch nylon cords (1/8-inch thick) to the cloth. Sew 10 3/4 inches of each cord onto the cloth from the edge toward the center. Space the six cords at equal intervals around the cloth.
  5. Ask an adult to seal the tips of the cords by burning them.
  6. Fold the cords inside the parachute and mail them to The Voice of the Martyrs at the address above.

Download the pattern here. Note: Not scaled to size.

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