Until recently, it seems, masks were largely seen in a negative context—as a way for one to disguise their true self. But the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed that.

The Kansas City Central Church’s women’s ministries and community services teams have recently been busy making protective masks for medical professionals, church members and others in the community who need them.

As the virus began to spread, I had asked the Lord how I could personally support these frontline heroes and how our women’s ministry team might get involved. The thought occurred to me that I could make some myself, but I didn’t know how to sew. Then it occurred to me that I could do other things, like secure and organize supplies, do deliveries, etc., while others did the sewing.

It still amazes me how God answers prayers before we even ask. As I began making phone calls, I learned other ladies were thinking along those lines and were willing to cut fabric or sew masks from home. In fact, one of our members, Marise Gerhardt, had already sewn several dozen masks.

So we got busy.

Then Marise connected us with The Sewing Labs, a local non-profit organization that teaches people how to sew. In addition to offering training, they also provide supplies, sewing kits and patterns to those willing to make masks for healthcare workers during the pandemic.

I am praising God for this partnership and for this amazing team! As of April 27, we have made approximately 360 masks and have cut out six laundry loads worth of fabric for sewing kits that The Sewing Labs will provide to other volunteers who are making masks.

I encourage anyone reading this to ask God what you can n do during this unique time in history to make a difference in your community.  In the process, just maybe you can learn to sew as I did with God and a great teacher Marise. Matthew 19:26 “…with God all things are possible.”