A New Purpose for Such a Time as This

Matthew 17:20 If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
The Pandemic has not slowed the Mustard Seed/Days for Girls Work Group. It has changed how we operate though, since we are unable to gather together for our workdays. 
Co-leaders Wendy Rich and Kathy Carter have been delivering fabric so our wonderful 109 volunteers can measure, pin, cut, sew and serge from their own homes.
Our ministry continues outside the walls of the church – porch to porch, and person to person. We use safe distancing and best practices when handling and exchanging supplies. 
We continue to make infant kits and reusable feminine hygiene kits because those needs continue during the pandemic. However, we are also called to a new purpose for a time like this – just as Queen Esther was called for her time in history.
In April, Dr. Doug Tewes contacted Wendy Rich, requesting cloth masks for his nursing staff at Lincoln Orthopaedic Center. Wendy developed a pattern and researched the best fabric to use. Within days, over 25 servants made 200 masks! 
We were able to use Thrivent Action Project money to purchase fabric and thread. To date, we’ve made over 700 masks for local clinics, the Friendship Home, nursing homes, retirement centers, UNL essential workers, Tabitha Home Health, as well as for friends and neighbors. 
We always have a place and purpose for more volunteers if you feel called. For more information, contact Wendy Rich 402.202.4990 or Kathy Carter 402.416.8953.


Sewing Scrub Hats for Medical Workers

From Kendra Vance:
A friend of mine, who is a nurse at Bryan, contacted me to see if our church sewing group could make scrub hats, as all medical supplies were being carefully rationed.

Since the Mustard Seed sewers were not meeting during virus times*, I told her I could make hats if she had a pattern they wanted used. She printed off several patterns and delivered them to our mailbox.

After providing several sample hats from the patterns, Ann requested 70 more scrub hats made from quilters cotton. I spent a week sewing (wonderfully decreasing my fabrics-on-hand), and delivered an interesting combination of fabrics and colors of Bryan headgear.
*Sewers are currently working from home on projects for Days for Girls as well as sewing hundreds of masks. 


Sewing Group Makes Masks for Medical Workers

From Wendy Rich, Co-Cordinator of Messiah’s Days for Girls Sewing Group:

It has been quite a busy time for our ministry. Eleven days ago, we were asked to make masks for a local medical office. In just ten days our group made 200 masks to meet their needs!

Since then, we have been inundated with requests. We had about 20 sewers jump in and heartily contribute their skills and time, working in their own homes. It was beautiful to see how God used a network of women whom He had been gathering and preparing for a project like this, through our work on Days for Girls the past few months.

It was such a joy to gather over 300 masks that had been made and give them to the medical staff, who are continuing to show up to work and do their jobs each day.

Our story of God using us unexpectedly continues. Sometimes we want the talents or skills that someone else has. But God knows better, and can use our individual gifts. For example, several ladies who participate in our group don’t sew, and often times, they are apologetic of it. But they contribute mightily to our production output!

I think this applies to what is going on in this strange time, too. We are finding new needs and then new ways for God to use us, IF we are willing to say “Yes” to his call. Even if we say “yes” reluctantly, He can use us. The work is not easy, but the reward is fulfilling!