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WHERE WE BEGAN

First, we must say THANK YOU to our customers, friends, associates and families who have been supportive over the years since the mall came into existence. If you have been a regular visitor for awhile, you know our site is constantly evolving and improving as we grow and learn. We continue to find new ways to make it better and better and invite your comments and input anytime.

 

We'd like to share with you how our community of quality designers came into existence. It is a remarkable story and perhaps you will see why we feel it is so special. After getting my very first computer in September of 2001, it was exciting and fun to surf the net. It was a welcome diversion from doing adult foster care. At the time, we had several elder adults living in our home, which was a demanding 24/7 home job. It was time to change gears and pursue another line of work, as the demands of it were taking their toll on my health.

It didn't take long before playing on the computer to become a favorite leisure activity. This new-found toy opened up a whole new world to me. One day, I found myself sitting in front of the computer and saying a simple prayer..."Lord, if it is okay with you, I'd like to change jobs. Please give me something according to your Will, which involves the computer, is creative and allows me to stay at home. Thank you, Jesus... Amen."

 

At the time, I didn't even know about machine embroidery, but in the weeks following this prayer, ideas began emerging in my mind and...

The OPW Mall was born!

 

Another thing I didn't realize until a few years after starting the site is the Lord was already paving the way for me 10 years before that prayer. I visited a little church I had never gone to with my father in law, in the early 1990's. The pastor's wife was speaking that day and she pointed to me and said "I have a Word for you from the Lord". I had never met her before, but I said "Okay..." and I opened my heart. She said "The Lord is preparing you for a work where you will witness to millions of people". Of course I had no idea what she was talking about, but said "Ok, I accept it!"... Now I know... it is this business, this wonderful website! "Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul." (Psalm 66:16 )

 

What you see here on these pages is the natural progression of the events from 2001 until now and are the result of that simple little prayer spoken without any specific goals in mind, just a willingness to be of service. Our community is a "dream in the making"... a growing, vibrant collaboration of folks from all over the world who each do what they do best. It is a diamond in the rough, which hopefully touches many lives in a positive way. The spirit of love that brought this site into existence in the first place is the same Spirit of Love you feel when you visit now and why you feel right at home with us.

 

Our motto is "Where your dreams become a reality, one stitch at a time!" We hope you have fun shopping and viewing the beautiful designs our excellent designers at OPW Mall have to offer. Join the free MembersOnly Club, to gain access to free services, exclusive weekly samples, newsletters and bonus special offers. Sign up HERE.

 

Thank you for listening. We hope you have enjoyed finding out "Where We Began." Come Often - Stay Long - Enjoy Much!

Hugs and Blessings <>< Jackie

Contact: Jackie@oregonpatchworks.com