Join the “Face Mask Initiative”

The National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), a ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), is inviting individuals to get involved in the “Face Mask Task Initiative”. This ministry is a personal opportunity for people with a great skill set to create face masks for those who serve in a variety of service positions including healthcare professionals, nursing homes, and prison workers. While these masks are not FDA/OSHA approved, many may find them useful as they serve in our community.

 

Below are instructions that provides a design and description for constructing the mask. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry or have questions, please contact us at EBC.

 

Face Mask Task Initiative
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
This design and process is just one ministry suggestion from a group of women who went the extra mile and involved healthcare professionals in the process of the design and distribution. While these masks are not FDA/OSHA approved, we pray that there are those who find them helpful for their needs.

Organizational Information:
1. Remember these are not FDA/OSHA approved mask.
2. Make contact with “Areas of Ministry Focus” to determine need as well as best time and place of drop off when masks are completed.
3. If more than one seamstress is involved in sewing masks, make a plan for safely picking up completed masks from each home.

Areas of Ministry Focus:
• Hospitals
• Nursing Homes
• First Responders
• ER Waiting Rooms
• Ministry Sites
• High Risk Groups
o Elderly
o Autoimmune Disorder
o Pregnant
o Chemo Patients
• Day Care Workers
• Prison Workers

Supply List:
• Sandwich Bags
• Gallon Bags
• Fabric (Scraps, sheets, shirts, dresses, quilt tops, anything soft and breathable)
• Thread
• Ties (Ribbon, shoelaces, rickrack, bias tape, strong lace, elastic, strings you recycle from a hoodie or other casing, or anything you have on hand)
• Detergent for cleaning and disinfecting Mask
Adapted by permission of Susan Long

Instructions for Mask:
**Follow a pattern of choice, or below is a YouTube link and instructions to one we believe works the best by Kristen Payton.
YouTube Link: youtu.be/4Jybcfb5epU
1. Cut or rip 24”x8.5” piece of fabric.
2. Cut or rip (2) 2”x4” strips of fabric.
3. Cut (2) 36” pieces of ribbon.
4. Fold large piece in half with right sides touching, so that the 2 short raw edges match up.
5. Sew along the short ra edge with ¼” seam.
6. Lay flat so that seam sits in the middle and press the seam flat.
7. Flip right side out.
8. Lay flat so that seam is in the middle and press flat.
9. Fold on the seam in the middle to create a pocket. Then press.
10. Gather the raw edges to create pleats going downward from pocket opening.
11. Stitch in place.
12. Se right side of 2” piece to the back of the Mask at raw edge with ¼” seam.
13. Fold 2” piece up, fold in raw side edges, and tack in place.
14. Find the center point of 1 piece of ribbon.
15. Place ribbon on top of the piece that you just tacked.
16. Fold in raw edge of 2’ piece then fold over again to encase the ribbon and se along the edge.
17. Repeat for other side.

Important Parts of a Mask:
• String to tie around head (the ear wraps are painful, and have a tendency to pop off)
• A pocket to place a filter, such as coffee filter, kleenex, or gauze
• For hospital workers, pleats are an important option for a Mask design that shapes the nose. See the above.

Steps to Take:
Once you make your Masks:
1. Print and cut copies of Scripture and Disclaimer (you will need one for each bag)
2. Place copies of disclaimers in each sandwich bag
3. Wash and Dry Masks
a. Tie the strings together before putting them in the wash to prevent tangling
4. Clean and dry Mask should be placed in a sandwich bag and sealed (this cuts down on handling)
5. Pray over each mask and the person who will wear it.
6. Place 10 filled sandwich bags in a gallon bag and seal.
7. For pickups when more than one seamstress is involved, place filled gallon bags in a tub/box.
a. Place tub or outside front door, or weatherproof area for designated pick up person.
8. For delivery, spray box and each gallon bag with disinfecting spray before bringing inside the facility.
9. Please refrain from opening bags.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved.*
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” Isaiah 41:10

*This Mask was handmade by someone who Loves Jesus and Loves you! Please note that it is not FDA/OSHA approved*