Marty Frost described her prayer pillow ministry to the Monett Kiwanians at last week's club meeting.
Introduced by Ron Stair, program chairman, Frost described the small head pillows she makes, similar in size to those offered in airlines. Frost's pillows are made with frequently colorful cloth and bear a scripture verse for meditation.
Frost has been making the pillows on and off for five years. She started by making them for the children at the First Baptist Church. Over time, the pillows have become quite popular. Pillows have been sent across the country and have ended up as far away as Australia, South America, Canada, Iraq and Iran.
The pillows provide an opportunity to tell a story. Frost likes to tailor pillows for children, for example, with friendly pictures such as horses and balloons. She likes to place pillows with people where the designs will have meaning.
Pillows also carry a message through scripture. A favorite Frost uses is from Thesselonians 5:17: "Pray without ceasing." Each pillow is prayed over and annointed with a drop of oil before being distributed.
A number of people have joined in the ministry. Frost's daughter, Kathryn Cox, helped her to pick verses for the pillows. Opal Jennings, a skilled seamstress, assembles the pillows. Brenda Davis, who sought out Frost after finding comfort from a similar pillow while recovering from an illness, writes on the pillows, as does Jana Larmer.
Chloe Ridgley draws pictures on the fabric. Mamie Lane, Judy Brazzell and Dr. Harriet Cremeen help in a number of ways. Cremeen has helped set up speaking engagements. Frost has received warm receptions to talks in Mt. Vernon and been asked to speak twice in Marionville.
Frost said she applies for support from the Walmart Foundation, which she uses to acquire fabric and batting. Two women in Mt. Vernon who closed their sewing material store donated fabric to the ministry. Don Dollar's garment factory donated a large supply of batting.
Occasionally, financial gifts are offered. Frost is happy to accept donations to keep the ministry going. She has been pleased to see several other groups like the ministry's mission and start similar pillow-making projects.
"The blessing of working with his ministry is all mine," Frost said. "It's working for the Lord."
Gordon Brown, Kiwanis vice president, presided at the meeting.
In club news, Kiwanians will host a pancake supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Scott Regional Technology Center. A group of elementary school children will sing for the occasion.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets weekly at noon for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.