As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there has been increased worry concerning personal protection equipment for medical personnel and other essential workers. This has been a constant need throughout our world as we wade through this crisis. Our church family has been praying ceaselessly for ways to be a blessing to our city in the midst of these uncertain times. Thankfully, God has opened doors for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
First, we were able to attain 5,000 N95 masks to deliver to Parkland Hospital. Doctors and nurses expressed incredible thankfulness as they received the first delivery, and we could not be happier to honor those working on the front lines to manage this pandemic.
God has also been working in the hearts of our congregation to put their faith into action. Many have started making masks for those serving the cityand for neighbors to pick up on their doorsteps. Olivia Xiao, a 14-year old girl from our Mandarin Chinese Church Plant, collected materials and taught herself how to make regulation masks for people serving meals to Dallas’ homeless population. She says, “I want to help people, and it’s also really fun!” Her mom and grandma guided her toward learning how to sew, and she’s used her free time to find ways to contribute to limiting the spread of the virus.
Francie Johnsen, one of our deacons, also started to make masks. As a pharmacist, she was asked frequently how to get personal protection equipment, but the store was running low on supplies. Inspired by a devotional to look for creative ways to show God’s love, she felt a push toward making more masks. She decided to keep sewing them for her customers and neighbors since they are in such high demand.
God calls us to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and in a time like this, delivering masks is a crucial way to serve. You can serve our city by creating cloth face coverings for care facility staff, grocery clerks, and medical personnel who are in need. Instructions, provided by the CDC, on how to create a face mask can be found at hppres.org/give-help. Once they are made, please drop them off at the front of our Sanctuary.
We are doing all we can to continue our mission of helping people find and follow Jesus, and serving those who are most vulnerable in our city and world. By giving to Highland Park Pres, your gifts enable us to extend compassion and hope to those affected by COVID-19. Find ways to give at hppres.org/give.