The Mask Maker: A Profile on Mary Simas

Just some of the masks Mary has made so far

1 Peter 4:10
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

This bible verse perfectly exemplifies the person I will be profiling. What this person has done in this time of uncertainty and these times that we are afraid speaks volumes.

This person is our own sister in Christ, Mary Simas.

I had the great opportunity to interview for this month’s issue of Msquared’s Musings, and I’d like to take this time now to thank her for her time and getting to see the incredible work that she’s doing.

I first asked her how many masks she made until this point. “300 masks”, she said. That to me is incredible, how someone can make so many masks. With that, whoever wants one can get one, without having to wait. The picture at the beginning of this article, as I said in the caption is only some of the masks she’s made so far.

The next questions I asked her were about making the masks. “How easy is it to make a mask?” I asked. “It’s not easy, she said. “You kind of have to play with it first, you make mistakes, and through your mistakes you know how to do it right.” When I asked her how long it took her to learn to make the mask the first time, she said that “It took me a whole day”. Then there is the case on how many she makes a day. “Depends how many I make. I can make 10 a day”, she said. As seen in the picture above as well, there is a lot of variety when it comes to patterns that she has. “I have at least 15-20 types of materi-al”, she said. There’s ladybugs, flowers, some pumpkins, lots of different designs that she has to work with.

You can watch her make a mask here and here.

Then we got into the spiritual part of this mask making venture. “When did you get the spiritual calling to do this?” I asked her. “Toward maybe the end of March, she said, When I heard people are starting to make them. When I looked at the TV and saw people making them, I thought to myself, “It can’t be hard to make”. This is coming from someone who has a lot of experience in crochet, and makes a lot of various things with yarn. Then, there was the big question I just had to ask her. “How do you feel, knowing you are helping so many people during this extremely difficult time?” I asked. Mary said, “Ecstatic. That’s the only word I can think of. If I am a part of it, I feel like I’m being blessed, He’s using me for what He wants to use me for.”

Before the entire interview, she asked if she could give her testimony. I end this article now with her testimony. I thank Mary again for her time and hope God blesses her.

“One of the reasons I am doing this is because I am able to give back to the community — but God touched my heart. In the Bible, when Jesus told the Parable of the Talents, I took the word “talents” to mean gifts that God gives us. So what do we do with our gifts? We don’t hide them. I don’t want God coming back and telling me, “You foolish person, you took my talent and did nothing with it.” I am taking the talent that God gave me, and using it for the glory of God to give Him honor and praise.”