Submitted by Janet Smith in memory of a former student, Danielle Ward, who
went home to be with Jesus on March 30, 2001, at the age of 16. She was a member
of the Little Mudlick Church of God at Staffordsville, KY, where she was active
in the youth group and assisted in teaching Sunday School. She was a junior at
Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, KY.
Janet writes, “Danielle shared this craft with me when she was in my 6th grade classroom,
shortly after she gave her life to Jesus. Since then, my students at school and
Sunday School have enjoyed making these useful and decorative containers. Now
every time I pass by my ‘God Cans’, I am reminded that Danielle’s light still
What you do:
Use old blue jeans to cut up and cover coffee cans. (Smaller cans may also be
used.) Hot glue guns or Tacky Glue works well to adhere the fabric to the cans.
You will need to lap the fabric over the top ½-1 inch and turn down over the
rim of the can to cover
any sharp edges. Material should also be turned under at the bottom. Snip
puckers with scissors to flatten. Pockets and belt loops, along with rickrack,
lace, buttons, even old jewelry make wonderful embellishments. Glitter paint is
great to monogram with.
Each time they see their 'God Can'. Remind students to think of Philippians 4:13 ("I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me.")
Editor's note: this submission has deeply touched my heart.
I am reminded of the urgency and importance of our work as Christian
educators. We have only a short time to make the Gospel, the Good
News, known to the children we teach! I am so very honored to have
Danielle's 'God Cans' craft in this site. Her testimony will now live on
to millions of people who will make them! Let your students know that Danielle no
longer walks this Earth, but lives in Heaven, where they too can go
when they die, if they are trusting and believing in Jesus alone to
save them. My prayers, and I hope your prayers, and the children you
teach, will be with Danielle's parents as they grieve her loss. Praise
God for the Resurrection!
Thank you, Janet, for sharing this wonderful craft with the world,
and to Danielle's mom for giving us permission to use it!
Sarah Keith <><