Quilting and Church Camp

Patricia and Teresa“I’m learning stuff that only a grandma can teach you,” Teresa Coons says. She’s making a quilt with her mentor, Patricia Carey.

Teresa – who will be starting her junior year in high school this fall – has been matched for almost a year with Patricia.

Soon after they were matched, Patricia invited Teresa along to a family gathering. Before it started, she got out her family tree to show Teresa who all from the family would be at the gathering so that she would know them beforehand.

That moment was very special for Teresa, and she’s grown to love not only Patricia, but also her whole family.

“She’s compassionate, patient, loving, kind, and sweet,” says Teresa.

Though their primary project this summer is the twin-sized quilt they are making together, they also enjoy going to Botanica, working out at the YMCA, and attending church together.

Patricia has been going to a new service and Sunday School class at First Mennonite Brethern in order for Teresa to be a part of the youth group.

“My favorite part of church,” says Teresa, “Is when we are both worshipping and I look at [Patricia] and she looks at me and we just smile.”

Teresa recently returned from church camp where she made the decision to accept Christ as her Savior.

God has been at work, and has been using Patricia. Both Patricia and Teresa agree that mentoring has been a very rewarding experience.

“Being matched is beneficial to both,” says Teresa. “It is a win-win.”

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