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Prayer pouch made for Natalie's cousin who needs a new heart and kidney

by Natalie Sparacio

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)--  A family friend came up with a compassionate way of showing my family that my cousin is in people's thoughts and prayers. Here is the email she has sent out, and how you can send my cousin, who is currently in the ICU waiting for a new heart and kidney, your thoughts:

"Since all we can do is pray, I thought I would make a prayer pouch/box for them.  I am gathering prayers to put inside.  There is an African tradition of making prayer pouches. 

Prayers are written and then put into amulets and sewn shut.  The prayers inside are never read, but their written presence in the pouch makes them tangible nonetheless.

I keep reassuring Ann (Bill's Mom) that people are praying for Bill and in numbers far too vast for her to comprehend. The prayer pouch/box would make this seem more real and would show them support and love in this trying time.

Therefore, I am collecting prayers.  People are sending them to my home:

Shari Gullo
585 Cypress Bridge Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

And they are e-mailing them to me at:

If they are e-mailed, I cut and paste them and print them out on nice paper. 

For prayers that are mailed, please put a note on the envelope that it is for Bill Coon, so I do not open it by mistake and also add a note if you want it to be "forever private" (to be placed in the pouch/box, but to remain sealed).  I will explain to them that these are between you and God and that you only wanted their presence to be known.

Please let others know and ask them to contribute.  Right now, almost half the prayers received are from strangers - people who don't even know the Coon's, but can sympathize with them and are praying on their behalf.

Shari Gullo "

The first pouch has already been completed and stuffed with thoughts and prayers. The pouches are being made out of felted wool from a Goodwill sweater, laminate countertop samples, old wood, glass and metal beads, cardboard tags, embroidery floss, my grandmother's old buttons, adhesive letters from Home Depot, and a cross from an old rosary. 

At first, Shari felt it was wrong to make something that would hold so many special prayers; from mostly old, used items. Then she realized that all of these items are still serviceable, they have been gently used, and they are being recycled - just like the new organs Bill will receive.

The Bible verse embellished on the inside of the pouch is, "Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."  from Isaiah 41:10 

A second prayer pouch is in the works, if you wish to send my cousin Bill your get well thoughts, please do! My family can use all the support in the world right now, and it would mean a lot.

Thank you so much for your continued compassion through all of this.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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