McMurry in China team receives prayer shawls

McMurry in China team receives prayer shawls

By Gary Ellison Associate Director University Relations

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – On Friday, June 11, a group of eleven McMurry University students and three faculty/staff will be leaving Abilene for Nanjing, China. They will be taking a special gift with them as they travel – McMurry employee Kellie Merritt and several family members made personal prayer shawls for each member of the team. “When Tim Kennedy mentioned finding someone to make prayer shawls for the students going to China at a Chapel Design Team meeting, I was so excited,” said Merritt. “I asked if they might allow me do this for our students since it was something that I really wanted to experiment with. They graciously agreed, even though I didn’t know exactly what I was doing. After doing some research on prayer shawls, I decided to make the prayer shawls unique with individual names on each one.”{{more}} The McMurry in China team will be working with The Amity Foundation, the organization that the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church has chosen to partner with in China. The McMurry team will be working with Amity’s after school program for the children of migrant workers. Migrant families often cannot afford to give their children the educational opportunities that other families in China are able to give to their children. Amity saw this problem, and is doing something about it. This summer the McMurry team will be helping these children with homework, specifically helping with English classes. Part of the team consists of students in the education program, giving them a great opportunity to apply what they are learning in class. The McMurry community has also been working all year long on a fundraiser called Change for Change. This fundraiser raised money specifically to furnish a library for Amity’s after school program. McMurry is excited about this opportunity, and plans on furthering this relationship with the people of China by taking students to the area every summer to continue the work being done. “They are a tangible, touchable, physical prayer and a vivid reminder of all the love and prayer that has gone before and the prayer that continues to guide the path of those selected to journey to China to be the hands and feet of Christ,” said Merritt. “They are a physical comfort and reassurance that God is with us. I loved praying for each one selected for the China trip and will continue to pray for them.”