Mississippi City sews up dress ministry


"Clothing is the most basic form of shelter in our lives. These clothes have been carefully sewn to provide that shelter for little girls in a war-torn place. We offer them as a sign of peace and goodwill and as an expression of the love of God in Christ," began the liturgy for the blessing of the Sew-In Project.

Displayed around Mississippi City United Methodist Church's temporary sanctuary were the 106 dresses that United Methodist Women members and guest seamstress Karen Varnado, who sewed 55 dresses, had made to send to girls in Iraq. The purchase of 64 pairs of shoes and the congregation's participation in the purchase of 24 winter coats were an additional outgrowth of this ministry. The United Methodist Men boxed and shipped the clothing to Chaplain Lt. Col. Clark D. Carr, stationed in Iraq. Sgt. Mark Jesse, unit coordinator for Hearts for Baghdad, acknowledged receipt of the shipment to Linda Buck, project coordinator.

"I have been out to help deliver these supplies and the people are very appreciative and excited about the wonderful donations. Your winter coats and shoes... are needed in this area," Jesse stated.

The liturgy continued, "O God, we ask for your blessing on the children who will wear these dresses, shoes and coats, that as they are a defense against the discomforts of the elements, they will be a shield of your live against the slings and arrows of the world."

Christians are called to be peacemakers. Mississippi City's UMW prays that the recipients of the clothing and their families will view Americans as caring and compassionate and that "the work of our hands and the offering of our hearts will be a witness to the good news of the Gospel."