Bomen Women & The Fellowship of the Cloth

Bomen Women & The Fellowship of the Cloth
Cloth connections open face to face fellowship at Bondeko Mennonite Church in Kinshasa (May 2012) -- photo by Nancy Myers

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Journey to Congo and Back"

A wall hanging “Journey to Congo and Back”, donated by Jenelle Buschur will be sold at the 2012 Black Swamp Benefit Auction, June 15-16. Thanks to Carolyn Snyder for piecing, CaraLou Grieser for marking, and the MCC Tatter Club at Care & Share in Archbold for quilting this piece.

I keep returning to this quilt and its intricate interplay of design, coming and going, intensity of color, care in hand work, women joining women. It is an excellent metaphor for the deep turning and re-turning of my soul after our Congo Cloth Delegation to Kinshasa in May of this year.

Since internet access was limited during our stay in Kinshasa, we posted most of our photos and reflections on Facebook at the Congo Cloth Connection page.

However, my sister pilgrims in The Fellowship of the Cloth continue to write beautiful reflections in their blogs.

Please read June Mears Driedger's day to day account blog of our journey here:

Nancy Myers will be returning to Congo in July for the Centennial celebration. It has been one hundred years since the first Mennonite missionaries from the US traveled to Congo. You can read her reflections on returning and go back to read Nancy's blogging while in Congo here:

Cover photo for The Jesus Tribe: Grace Stories from Congo’s Mennonites, 1912–2012, to be published later this summer and translated from French to English by Nancy Myers.

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