These video testimonies capture just a small sample of the life changing hope that so many women have found through the Answered Prayers Project…
To rebuild local communities one woman at a time
To build opportunities for women and families to grow in relationships through faith, hope and clay.
Mustard Seed of Faith
Each cross is finished with a mustard seed. “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
As you enter her studio at Saint Petersburg Clay Company, Elizabeth looks like she has been playing in the sand. With her head, shoulders, knees and toes covered with dried clay; one can see that she has been at it all day.
Having experienced grief through the death of a husband, living with a spouse suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction, and the loss that comes with divorce, Elizabeth received strength and encouragement from women throughout her journey. In March of 2008, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to celebrate life by throwing herself a party for her 50th birthday. “I wanted to give something back to the women who mean so much in my life,” says Elizabeth.
She decided that she would make crosses.
Over 100 crosses of all sizes, shapes, and colors adorned the walls of her sun porch. As a party favor, each woman chose their “perfectly flawed” cross as unique and different as themselves – except one woman, Julie, who resisted taking a cross.
She explained to Elizabeth and the other women at the party that she was agnostic. She had fallen away from the church full of anger, resentment and confusion. Elizabeth acknowledged her story and let her be. The next morning, as their paths crossed, Julie said, “I left there and took this cross. I took the ugliest, most beaten up cross. It was imperfect in so many ways. It was also the most beautiful. The cross spoke to me. I related it to my personal faith, which felt bent, chipped and broken.” She carried it for months as a reminder of the blessings in her life. Eventually, Julie passed her cross forward. Her new cross is a softer, smoother one and reflects the healing that came from this sharing of faith and hope.
Elizabeth credits this story for inspiring Answered Prayers Cross, Inc. – a nonprofit outreach ministry – believing that all prayers are answered here on Earth as people cross paths with one another. Every morning she offers up her prayer: “Here I am Lord, what can I do for you today?” As you leave her studio, you are inspired to open your heart, to find hope, to listen to others, to give freely… to share your story.