The name “Ruth’s Shawl” came from a 2005 Bible study in the Book of Ruth during the many prayer meetings for the widows and orphans of Malawi during a terrible famine. As we read Chapter 3:15, “Also he (Boaz) said, ‘bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.’ And when she (Ruth) held it, he measured six ephahs of barley and laid it on her. Then she went into the city.” This picture of holding her shawl and it being filled with much more barley than she could ever glean at one time (the Bible tells us in Ruth 2:17 that she gathered one ephah in a full day) was a clear indication of God’s grace being poured into the only thing that she held in her possession …. Ruth’s Shawl. Many in the prayer group immediately recognized the shawl as the point of faith between the need of Ruth and the provision of Boaz … we became very aware that we were being called to be “Ruth’s Shawl” as God would be faithful to fill that shawl and we would have the honor of distributing His provision. Since 2005, God has never failed filling that shawl and has expanded the ministry to whole villages and beyond!
Ruth’s Shawl desires that all the people of Malawi would know God’s Word and His plan of salvation. Ruth’s Shawl exists to be Christ’s ambassadors, ” as though God were pleading through us, to be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20)