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  • Paying it Forward

    This is Sharon. She received one of our scarfs on assignment. Sharon has had cancer twice and is still fighting this horrible disease. She was greatly impacted by the scarf she received and so Sharon came around to the Colours of Hope headquarters to tell us how much it meant to her.

    To receive this gift in the post made her feel loved and valued. She was overcome by the beauty of the scarf and the generosity of those sending it. Sharon came to headquarters to commission three scarfs to be sent out to people she knows, who would really be blessed by this gesture. Sharon was paying it forward, sending love on assignemnt to encourage the sick and inspire hope.

    This is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair.

  • Healing Starts at Home

    This is Nana. She does have a name, Helen and Nana is my mum, but everybody calls her Nana!

    Nana was siting on her couch, where she had dropped off to sleep. I rang her and the sound of the phone gave her such a fright, that she fell off the couch, hit her side table, sent her glass of wine flying and she landed on the floor with the smashed glass. I

    thought it was pretty funny when she told me, but Nana had hurt her arm in the landing and she was not laughing! Groaning in pain, laying on her bed later, she looked up and saw the scarf that had been prayed on for her. She thought to herself, "well, I have nothing to loose" and so she wrapped the scarf around her throbbing arm. Nana says within five minutes the pain left and she hasn't felt it again!

    Now Nana doesn't jump to conclusions and not one to make a fuss, she wanted to be sure she was healed. So she squeezed her arm and pushed on it looking for the pain, nope, it wasn't there it had gone!

    This is very good news, because Nana is the one making all the scarfs that we send out on assignment and her testimony is real, her experience is authentic and this is very powerful for the atmosphere of faith in which she sews. Everything we send, goes out on assignemnt with love, to encourage people, to inspire hope and to release the presence of God. 

  • Faith Has No Age Limit

    My 10 year old daughter had been suffering with extreme anxiety and fear to the point where she would not let me out of her sight. She became very discouraged and feelings of hopelessness consumed her waking hours. Most days she would cry out of fear that 'these tormenting thoughts would never go away'. One night she saw us praying over the Colours of Hope scarfs, after the meeting she asked; 'do you think I could have one of those?' I arranged a scarf with Froyle and within a few days my daughter was the proud recipient of a Colours of Hope scarf!

    That night she placed it on her pillow until it came time to go to bed. Once she was in bed the scarf was clutched in both hands and held to her chest all night long! Since receiving the scarf, it has remained her most treasured possession and one which she MUST sleep with every night. The transformation in my daughter is nothing less than a miracle of God. All fear, discouragement and hopelessness has completely gone. I know, as her mumma, that the prayers and heart behind the scarf has been the catalyst to bring a new found hope and joy to my little girls life. When I consider where she was emotionally, just 6 months ago, I am astonished at the healing that has taken place.

  • Sending Hope Receiving Love

    'Hi, I'm Libby Myers from Archdale, NC, USA and I received one of your lovely scarves a few weeks ago by way of my friend Trish Birskys. The scarf came at just the right time which was Gods time. I was going through an episode with an illness I have, Multiple Sclerosis and it was just what I needed to feel like I was wrapped in God's hands.

    The one you sent me was about courage and so it was so appropriate for my life at this time. I was so touched by this beautiful work of art and that Trish sent me this at a time in my life that it was so needed. You probably don't know this, but I have never met Trish we have only grown to know each other through Facebook by way of mission work I'm involved with in Lithuania. It's amazing how God works to place people on this life journey.

    God willing I will get to meet Trish next summer when she hopes to join our mission team in Lithuania, and just so you know I will be wearing the scarf when I meet her.

    Thank you for your ministry and what you are doing to build God's Kingdom. May God Bless You with His Grace and Peace, Libby Myers'

  • Divine Orchestration

    This week I heard a story about the impact of the scarfs that I just have to tell you!

    Three months ago, my friend Vikki sent a scarf on assignment to her friend Wendy. When she received the parcel in the post, she did not know where it had come from, what it was, or who had sent it. She opened it up and felt this wave of love flood over her and she instinctively wrapped the scarf around herself.

    This was so exciting for me to hear because I had been believing for the tangilbe love of God to permeate the atmosphere with each scarf we send and I have always wanted to literally wrap my art, in all it's colour, love and God intention around people.

    Anyway, Wendy had to move house and she wasn't very happy about this. She did not want to move and did not like the new place that she had moved to. She did however befriend the neighbours next door who were a lovely elderly couple.

    This week the neighbours next door received a scarf in the post. It had been sent to Ian because he is struggling with cancer. He did not know where it had come from or who had sent it, but it blessed him and his sweet wife with the knowledge that someone had prayed for them. Someone had sent, in the mail, something beautiful to remind them that God cares for them.

    Wendy was so excited when she saw the Colours of Hope scarf arrive next door, because she thought, what is the odds that out of 23 million people in Australia, the person next door to her would receive one of these beautiful prayer scarfs? They did not know who had sent it or what possible connection there was between them, but it made Wendy recognise that God had orchestrated something divine and that had encouraged them all.

    Wendy is now at peace with the move she so hated, and realises that it has more purpose for her life than she first thought; And purhaps the elderly couple next door may become good friends. Ian and his wife are encouraged because God loves them and somewhere out there are a group of people who care enough to send some hope in the form of a beautiful scarf.

    I looked up my records (I document everything) and found that there was no connection between the two people who sent the scarfs on assignment. It was a random coincidence, out of 23 million people, two neighbours received a scarf sent from different people, at different times and for different reasons. Or it was divine orchestration? God showing us that He really is in control and He can use whatever situation He wants, to show us that He loves us and cares about our lives. 

    It's a pretty cool story!
    Have a great week,
    Cheers Froyle

  • Whose idea was this?

    I was moved with compassion, that's how all this started. I had just recived my first 'Hope' scarf, printed with perfection, soft, beautiful, truly glorious. Nana had cut the fabric in two pieces, hemmed the edges and added the 'care instructions', I had them in my hands and then I received the messages. Two of them, the very next morning. One from a friend whose sister was going into surgery with a brain tumor and one from another friend, whose friend they knew, was given only weeks to live, dirty cancer. 

    How could I not respond when the need was so great, the pain so deep and life so valuable. This is not right all this suffering and pain. So I decided to send the two scarfs on assignment. Sent with love, prayer and hope. It was not a big thing, but it was something. It was what I had in my hands.

    That was nine weeks ago! We just kept making them and sending them. Two, then six, twelve and by the end of the first month, we had sent out thirty! The requests just found their way in and my friends started to sponsor the vision. But there were now things I had not considered when I started.

    Every week the scarfs require being prayed for, after all, this is the source of the power! I had not thought past the moment of my first initial passionate act. Now I was in a ministry team of incredibly fired up passonate lovers of God, who believe to see His presence and power released on the earth. It really is amazing! And there is the cost. 

    It was important to me for the scarfs to be free. The gospel of Christ is free, salvation and healing is received. I want that annointing to permeate the scarfs and I want it to be received freely. No strings, no conditions, no agenda. You don't have to 'like' me, be my 'friend' or follow me on twitter. But of course it does cost. The fabric cost, the postage cost, sewing the material costs. And another thing I did not consider when I started this, was that it would take me half a day to wrap each scarf, label, package and post them, especially when last week when we sent out 26! Twenty six in one week, that's a whole lot of love!

    Whose idea was this? I can't tell you that I heard a booming voice from heaven with these instructions, I can't even say I gave it much thought, I was just moved with compassion and I know right now this feels right to be doing. When we hear someone say, 'I felt love flood over me' or that when they wrapped the scarf around their arm the pain left, in these moments I know it is right.

    It is right to love, to give, to care. We are giving people an opportunity to 'pay it forward', to sew into someone else's life, to remind people that love matters, life is precious and God is an active participant.

    Last weekend we were at the Woman's Lifestyle Expo, where we took the scarfs out of my lounge and into the public arena. We had some on display, along with our Colours of Hope paintings, art cushions, purses and bags. But the scarfs were not for sale and on the first day everybody wanted to buy a scarf!

    For some of the people hearing our story about the scarfs on assignment, was like a breath of fresh air, as they wrote down the names of their sick loved ones. For others, it took quite a while to understand that they were not for sale, but could be sent and lots of women wanted to buy them.

    Whose idea was this? I could have sold a ton of scarfs! Seriously, I was doubting my resolve, but then by the end of the day we could see the incredible respose. These were strangers, who we offered to send their friends and family a beautiful scarf to inspire hope and healing. No strings attached, no payment plan, just love. It is grace, the grace of God and we could see the impact on their hearts right in front of us. This has no monetary value.

    There was one lady who was Nana's age. She shared with us that she had breast cancer and had the full surgery. She had no hair, was very ill and extremely tired. Nana wrapped a Hope scarf around her neck and encoureged her. She was overwhelmed, she could hardly speak and we may never see her again. But I am pretty sure, when she looks at that beautiful scarf, she will remember she is loved.

    This is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair. It may not be a big thing that we are doing, but it is our thing and we are making a difference in the world one person at a time.

    If you would like to join the revolution you can send a scarf or sponsor the scarfs HERE

    Thank you for allowing me to share the story with you, 
    much love, cheers Froyle
    and of course the Colours of Hope Ministry Team!

  • Sending Courage... Receiving Love

    Recently we sent a 'Courage' scarf (via a friend) to a lady in Melbourne. She was telling my friend about her experience. She found this strange packet in the postbox and having no idea what is was or where it had come from, she said that as she opened it, a wave of love rolled over her and she immediately wrapped the scarf around herself.

    This is very exciting for two reasons. Number one, this is the very thing that I had set out to achieve, to wrap people in my art. In all the colour, love and presence of God that is released through my creativity; and number two, this is a testimony for what we have been praying and believing for. That the person who receives the beautiful scarf would experience an encounter with the presence of God and they would feel loved, known and definetly valued. I am so excited because it is now real. Hearing a stranger talk to someone else about their real experience, takes what I imagine to be possible and shifts it to the realm of reality. It was said without any prompting or coaxing, it was an authentic response to something we have imagined, declared and believed for.

    This is the very least that we are expecting to happen with our scarfs on assignment. At the very most, the heavens could open up, angels could descend and supernatural healing and restoration could take place, but at the very least, the person feels loved and this is no small accomplisment.

    To be loved is an absolute necessity of the human heart. It is vital for a healthy life. To be valued and affirmed is crucial to be able to love oneself and to love others well. The scarfs are a reminder that you are known, you are valued and that not only does God love you, but there is a community of people who believe in you as well.

  • Love beyond Measure

    Two weeks ago we sent a scarf to a young lady who had lost her husband to suicide. This is her response to receiving the scarf on assignment.

    "I had asked the Lord for a sign, some days ago. I prayed for some kind of confirmation that I am not alone as I have been feeling. I asked for some symbol of His presence, some form of proof that He can hear me, that He is with me. Since my beloved husband's death, I have endured a deep, hollow emptiness that is too hard to put in words. My faith was rocked and I was scared the Lord could not hear me. I was scared He had left my life, as my husband did.

    My trips to my mailbox of late have been further depressing. I have had so much to take on in the wake of the recent tradgedy. Suffice to say, I no longer look forward to checking the mail, until...
    I grabbed the mail on my way to ballet class, I had arrived a little early for dance, so I thought I would open this curious package. With a heavy heart I tore it open.

    I unravelled a magic scarf! The moment I put it in my hands, something wonderful and warm flooded my soul. Reading the cards that came with it, brought me genuine joy, it felt like the Lord Himself had sent me some mail. Suddenly, His presence was so palpable there, surrounding me, I instantly felt brave, protected, loved and for the first time in a while, I felt a great light shining down on me. With these sensations also came a feeling of calm assurance. Such peace came over me.

    Everytime I wear it, I feel beyond empowered. I wore it to my private ballet class and I felt so thoroughly blessed, my heart was bursting. Needless to say, I can feel God's love for me within this scarf, it is the sign I asked for, the very confirmation I had been yearning for. The timing was incredible. When I touch it or wear it, I can feel the love of God's people that helped the scarf come to me. I can almost hear the Lord smiling. I am unable to properly express the extent and depth of my gratitude".

    Amy

  • Colours of Hope - The Art of Faith: The Beginning

    My name is Froyle Neideck, I am a professional visual artist and I have been painting and exhibiting for twenty years, inbetween raising my family and pursuing life. I want to tell you a story about hope, colour and great possibilities.

    Last year my cousin Evana went through the horrific ordeal of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and all the treatment that aligns with this procedure. My mum, Helen, decided to head over to Perth, Western Australia, to help Evana’s husband and four children cope with the illness. Helen loved them, served them and looked after the household while Evana had her treatments. When it was time for her to come home, Evana wanted something to remember the experience she had spent with Aunty Helen and so she decided to buy one of my paintings called ‘Grace’.

    Art is spiritual, it carries the intention for which it has been created. My art is intentional, I definitely have an agenda, I want to make people feel good. It’s not complicated, I want to release peace, joy, love, into people’s lives through art. There is a world full of heartbreak. I want my art to inspire hope through colour, texture and the spirit from which I create.

    This is the intention and expression that Evana needed to experience at that moment and it made me think, what if I could take the painting off the canvas and literally wrap her in the art. All the colour, beauty and purpose could physically surround her. It is this pursuit that has birthed the Colours of Hope Collection.

    We have literally taken my richly coloured paintings off the canvas and printed them onto fabric, which is then made into beautiful things, such as art cushions. It is art as a cushion and the material is soft, luxurious and of the highest quality. Each cushion has been handmade, a beautiful original artwork and often a one off creation. They are created to inspire, with such intention (and titles), as Hope, Grace, Freedom and Furious Love.

     Why Cushions? Recently I had someone ask me why am I making cushions and what does that have to do with hope? Cushions are soft and comfortable, they can be squeezed, laid on, cuddled and they look beautiful. Colour is healing. Surrounding ourselves with beautiful things makes us feel better, makes us happy and this makes us hopeful. What you surround yourself with will create an atmosphere in your home and lives, so choose to surround yourself with hope. Each design has been created from my original paintings with such intention as courage, grace and freedom. As a cushion this hope filled intention is cuddled and embraced and held close to the heart. We are intentionally releasing hope through everything we create.

    It is a family affair, as Helen (mum) has partnered with me in this new pursuit. Helen sews all of the art cushions and I describe it as “old school craftsmanship”. Each and every one designed has been created with the highest integrity and quality and often the cushions are unique works of art in themselves, as Helen makes different designs, sizes and shapes with each one she creates.

    Along the journey we have made many beautiful things, as we have tried different fabrics and designs. We have created elaborate clutch purses, shoulder bags and makeup purses. They are all unique and beautiful, but I have always been looking for the material that would make the perfect scarf.

     

    Then, after nearly a year, we have finally found it! The perfect scarf material! It is so very soft (polyester), it prints sharp and clean and bleeds through to the back side. Finally we have the very thing that started this whole pursuit. We can literally wrap people in my art. All the colour, beauty, passion and good intention can literally cover someone. Especially someone sick, especially someone dying.

    In Acts 19:12, the scripture says that fabric touched Paul and the anointing of God was transferred onto the scarves and hankies, and as the disciples sent out the fabric it healed the sick. I know this God of miracle working power and I know that in the name of Jesus, all things are possible (Matt 19:26).

    We are now sending scarfs on assignment. Filled with hope and prayers for healing, we are sending out scarfs to people in need. We do not sell them, we send them on assignment, because sometimes there are things worth more than money. We have certain people sponsoring this vision and at this stage it is by word of mouth. We hear about someone sick and we send a scarf. Beautiful, soft, saturated in colour and hope and it arrives in the post to be a blessing and a comfort.

    We are so excited with the process of our journey. You can join with us, sponsor a scarf or have one sent on assignment. You can also pray for us and the people we are loving on and you can shop online buy original paintings and art cushions and fill your life with colour and beauty.

    This is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair.

    Would you like to know more? Have you got questions?
    email Froyle: froyle@froyleart.com

    Sponsor a Scarf on Assignment