Joe and Liz Page
In the mid 1990’s our twin daughters, Margie and Michelle, miscarried. Joe and I prayed for ways in which to serve the Lord in memory of these special grandchildren.
When given a July 15, 1997 copy of “Family Circle”, we read an article about Threads of Love. We both knew this was God’s calling for us.
On October 1, 1999, the SARAH Chapter of Threads of Love was launched with 8 volunteers making 1,434 items in 2000.
God has miraculously provided everything the ministry has needed for 20 years. Threads of Love San Antonio (TOLSA/Sarah Chapter ) has grown to include 17 satellites which along with the original SARAH’s Workshop now produce about 50,000 items each year for both living and deceased premature babies in local hospitals and two military hospitals overseas.
Our passion for serving preemies and for ministering to so many grieving or anxious parents has grown as we have daily seen God's provision for His tiniest babies. He has also used TOLSA/Sarah’s Workshop to enable us to minister to our volunteers, their families, and their extended families.
To God be the glory!
In 1992 Sew News published an article about hospitals needing people to sew for premature babies because there were no clothes available to fit them. Although I sent for the pattern, I didn’t pursue that interest until 2005. Our youngest daughter had complications with her pregnancy and our precious grandson, Jonathan, was born at 20 weeks. He was such a beautiful, perfectly formed baby so small his whole body fit into his dad’s hand. However, his little body was not big enough or strong enough to survive and he only lived three precious hours before Jesus called him home.
Our world was full of so much sadness but God provided us with a love kiss – a beautiful handmade gown provided by Threads of Love for Jonathan’s burial. This act of kindness and love provided so much comfort to our grieving family that I knew I wanted to become involved and do the same for other suffering families. My tears, shed at such a time of sadness, provided the water to grow the seed planted thirteen years earlier.
TOLSA has given me a sense of peace and purpose in serving the babies and the joy of fellowship with the volunteers who also serve with a heart of love and compassion.
I learned firsthand about Threads of Love when my grandson was in a local NICU. Since I have enjoyed sewing for years, I investigated ways I might give back to this organization. As it always happens, I have received so much more than I could ever give, both in powerful stories of gratitude that come back to us as well as friendships forged through the common goals of TOLSA. I am grateful to be a part of this group!
Our grandson, Matthew, was born at 24 weeks in 1996. At that time there was nothing out there for preemies, so when I heard about Threads of Love and what they did for these tiny babies I knew I had to learn more about this ministry. I contacted Liz Page about eleven years ago, started sewing and serving. I was elected to the board of directors about seven years ago. I have been invited to speak at churches and ladies groups where I get to share my love for this work . Four years ago a satellite was started in Bulverde and I have the privilege of working with so many wonderful people. Serving the babies and their families has truly been a blessing to me. (Matthew is 23 now and has two boys of his own).
I am truly honored to be a part of Threads of Love San Antonio, TOLSA. The mission of compassion and love that that this organization is founded on is like none other I’ve experienced. My heart is with the families that TOLSA serves in this community and around the world.