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pa­tients to use as part of the heal­ing process. How­ever, she also likes to make things for her­self.

“I want to make an­other apron,” she said, not­ing she al­ready has a kitchen apron, but needs one for gar­den­ing.

Some who visit Sew and Reap come in with a sewing prob­lem that has them stymied. Tester­man said it could be as sim­ple as the ten­sion of the sewing ma­chine. She and her vol­un­teers help with seams, hems or what­ever is needed.

That in­cludes just be­ing there to lis­ten, she said. New wi­d­ows, the lonely, and oth­ers have found so­lace in meet­ing over bolts of fab­ric and spools of thread.

”There are lots of hurt­ing folks out there, and Christ calls us to love,” Tester­man, a mem­ber of Elk­ton Church of the Nazarene, said. “And what bet­ter way can show love than to give it away?”

All of the sewing ma­chines, fab­ric, quilt­ing ma­te­ri­als and other sup­plies have been do­nated or pur­chased by vol­un­teers, Tester­man said.

“We do have one raf­fle a year to make money for this min­istry,” she said. But the fo­cus re­mains sewing for oth­ers. “Most of what we make here is given away for some­one else’s char­ity event,” she said.

To find out about Sew and Reap classes or other sewing op­por­tu­ni­ties, or to make a do­na­tion, con­tact Tester­man at 443-350-2949 or find the min­istry on Face­book.


Court­ney Hol­man and Sandy Tester­man look at a quilt that will be sent to a re­cov­er­ing ser­vice mem­ber or vet­eran. Nearly ev­ery item made at Sew and Reap in the Per­ryville Out­lets is do­nated to an­other char­ity or ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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