Arkansas Baptist News
ARKADELPHIA – Doris McCall may be homebound, but her acts of service are reaching around the world.
McCall, who made a living as a seamstress for about 50 years, now makes dresses and shorts for teams to take on mission trips and donate to children.
McCall, who attends Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, when her health allows, has been homebound for several years due to a heart condition. In 2011, doctors gave her two years to live.
Now, three years later, McCall has regained her strength and is back to sewing for missions. She said that when she outlived the two years the doctors gave her, she knew God had restored her strength for a reason.
“And I said, ‘I am not going to be caught sitting at home, wringing my hands. I’m going to stay busy if it’s the Lord’s will,’” said McCall. “And the Lord has blessed me with this, so I hope I can continue to sing His praises and not sit and cry and be on a pity party – so that’s the main reason I do it.”
But even before falling ill, McCall was ministering through sewing – making clothing for mission teams and making items like wall hangings and baby blankets to give away.
She began sewing for missions when First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, needed seamstresses for a project they had become involved in called Children Hemmed in Prayer. The project provides clothing for children worldwide.
When McCall told her friend, Susie Hargis, about her participation in the project, Hargis requested McCall make garments she could take with her on mission trips. McCall obliged, and since then, Hargis – a member of First Baptist Church, Monticello – has gone on multiple mission trips with First Baptist Church, McGehee, and has taken many of McCall’s garments with her.