MyPillow joinsfight against COVID-19
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, a friend of The Salvation Army, is taking action during COVID-19 and calling on Christians to be bold about sharing Jesus Christ during their quarantine.
Lindell, in an interview with SACONNECTS, said MyPillow has redirected 75 percent of its production toward making cotton face masks to meet the country’s shortage.
“We’re up to about 30,000 masks a day and our partner companies are helping,” said Lindell, the inventor and CEO of MyPillow. “We hope to push that up to 50,000 and beyond.”
Lindell spoke to SACONNECTS, just after MyPillow donated 5,000 face masks to The Salvation Army in his home state of Minnesota.
When Lindell heard the country had a shortage of face masks, he called the White House and asked how MyPillow could help. The company has sold 41 million pillows since opening in 2004 and last year earned $300 million in revenue.
Safety is priority
Lindell, known by most Americans for his TV infomercials and radio ads, said the company made some factory modifications, but employee safety was a priority. MyPillow employees wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing while on the job and during breaks.
“Making it safe for our employees was our biggest modification. Everyone should be setting an example out there. We brought our sewing machines into one area and separated them 6 to 8 feet apart,” he said.
The effort is labor-intensive, and Lindell explained that each MyPillow employee can turn out only 120 face masks in an eight-hour shift.
When asked how many masks his company planned to produce, Lindell said, “There’s no number on that. Everyone needs thousands of them, so I plan on staying in the business as long as it takes.”
While China produces most of the world’s face masks, Lindell said he supports the president’s effort to move more manufacturing to the United States.
“I’ll probably end up being one of those companies that manufacture things,” he said.
Heard around the world
During an appearance in the White House Rose Garden, where Lindell took part in the daily briefing on COVID-19, he urged people to read their Bibles and spend time with their families while quarantined.
“That was off the cuff,” Lindell said. “That was heard around the world. It’s great how people are now selling out of Bibles and everything else. What a great message. I stand by what I said.
“Our nation had turned its back on God. We had taken God out of our schools and family. To me, every addiction is not a disease, it comes from wounds of fatherlessness and families not having God.”
Lindell urged Americans “to get on your phone and start dialing up people” to spread the love of Christ while everyone is home.
“People who have Jesus should be spreading the message right now,” Lindell said. “Everyone should be on their phones who know the Lord and reaching out to people who are in fear. They should all be witnessing to people. They should be telling them, ‘Jesus is the hope.’ There should be like one big revival in this country right now.
“When people are down and out, that’s when they reach out to God and reach out for hope. They don’t do it when things are all fine and dandy. This is the perfect opportunity. I call on every single person in this country who knows Jesus to reach out to their friends and say, ‘Don’t be afraid.’ There are a lot of verses to share about not being in fear. That fear should be replaced with the peace that passes all understanding.”
Using his platform
Lindell, a former crack addict whose life was transformed after becoming a Christian, said MyPillow has donated thousands of pillows to help the victims of hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters. Rising to this challenge is all motivated by his faith in Christ.
“MyPillow has always been there,” Lindell said. “I want to help. God gave me a platform. MyPillow is just a platform for God and if there’s anything I can do to help, I will. Everybody needs to pitch in and do whatever they can.
“If I’m in a position to do this, which I am, it’s just an automatic thing. Of course, I’m going to help.”
Lindell also has a soft spot for the addicts who are now where he used to be—isolated and alone. He called for a “giant AA meeting with Jesus as your higher power, not just some make-believe higher power.”
“If you’re an addict at home, there is no better time than now to reach out to someone. If you’re a 30-year-old meth addict, reach out to another 30-year-old meth addict who has made it through and say, ‘Hey, how did you do it? Can you be my support right now?’ They have the time right now. They have time to be that support system,” Lindell said.
“Everybody’s looking for hope and if you’re someone sitting at home and you have the Lord and you’re alumni of the Salvation Army’s (Adult Rehabilitation Center) or you’re newly saved and an ex-addict, you should be spending this time reaching out and witnessing to every single person you know because that addict is probably sitting at home without his drugs and without his alcohol.
“This is the opportunity of a generation. It’s an opportunity of biblical proportions.”
To read about Mike Lindell’s amazing transformation from crack addict to Christian businessman and entrepreneur, go to www. saconnects.org/i-will-give-you-rest.
by Robert Mitchell