Prayer Shawl Ministry

What is a Prayer Shawl
It is a garment—knit, crocheted, woven, or sewn—that symbolizes the warmth and all-encompassing love of God.
Makers of prayers shawls begin by praying for the recipient and continue to pray while working on the shawl. While many people wear prayer shawls during their daily devotionals, others simply enjoy the shawl’s warmth and beauty. May you always experience God’s mercy, grace, peace, and love.

Why we give Shawls
We believe that God uses our hands to create shawls that provide:

Peace, comfort, and healing during:
• Medical procedures
• Illnesses
• Bereavement

Enhance our time in:
• Prayer and/or meditation on God’s Word

• Ministry leadership ceremonies
• Marriage ceremonies
• New life

About the Prayer Shawl Ministry
Ours is one of many shawl ministries across the US and the world. This ministry was founded in 1998 by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.

Approximately six weeks after our annual 21-day Corporate Fast in December 2009, the Lord impressed upon the heart of one congregant to prepare and create prayer shawls for an upcoming Health Fair sponsored by our Women’s Ministry. Upon sharing the vision with two elders, the three women created 8-10 shawls. On January 27, 2010 the shawls were presented before the entire Jabbok congregation and blessed by Senior Pastor, Bishop Donald A. Wright, hence birthing the Jabbok Prayer Shawl Ministry. We rejoice that God can use our hands and our love of crocheting and knitting to His glory.

If you or someone you know would like to experience God’s love through the prayer shawl ministry, and/or share your testimony, please send us an email at: By continuing to pass along the gift of God’s love, we pray that one day the whole world will know Him and His peace.