There is a lot of truth to the saying “actions speak louder than words;” such as sometimes no matter how much you tell someone you care about them, if you never show them that you do, it doesn’t have as much of an impact. That was the way of thinking six ladies from the Church of Christ in Thomaston had at the beginning of the year, when they set about the task of making clothes to send to Honduras.
Sarah and Emily Eason, daughters of Church of Christ Pastor Monty Eason and his wife Cindy, will be headed to Honduras on a mission trip on March 9. The sisters will be traveling with a group of students from Harding University in Arkansas. They will be ministering to the poor, and will spend time at the Casa de Esperanza, a children’s home in Santa Ana. This is the second trip for Sarah, who is in her first year of grad school and the first one for Emily, who is a freshman this year.
After learning of the girls’ trip, church member Kim Mason had the idea to send clothes along that could be passed out to those in need. Five other ladies, Rachel French, Patsy Lane, Nadine Foster, Lavon Mikell and Cindy Eason signed up to help and began making pillowcase dresses for girls and shorts for boys to send with the group to Central America. They began in January, meeting once a week on Wednesdays at the church to make the clothes.
“We worked like an assembly line with someone cutting out the pattern, and others sewing and ironing once they were complete,” said Eason. “We would start around nine in the morning and work pretty much all day, but we had the most fun doing this!”
When asked why they wanted to have a part in this, French said they hoped it would help those who the students are ministering to see the love of God.
“You can tell people about His love, but if you don’t show them, then they never understand,” she stated.
After eight weeks of work, the ladies finished sewing last week. Together they were able to make over 40 dresses and more than 20 pairs of shorts to send with the students.
“What makes this feel the most heartfelt,” said Eason, “is knowing that we will never get anything in return and that is really ok.”