March 17, 2023

12th International Shipment of the Year - Jamaica

On Wednesday, March 15, Midwest Mission sent the 12th international shipment of the year. Its final destination: Kingston, Jamaica.

This shipment was sent through Midwest Mission partner, Food For The Poor (FFTP). Jamaica was the first country to receive assistance from FFTP. Poverty, unemployment, and lingering effects from COVID-19 on their economy are just a few of the factors that lead to instability in Jamaica. Children face malnutrition and adults struggle to find jobs.

But, there is hope.

Food For The Poor’s in-country partners work hard to fight to end poverty in Jamaica. We are grateful for the part we play in that fight. 

This specific shipment is unique because once it reaches Jamaica, three Midwest Mission staff members will be there to witness the distribution. At the end of March, Barb Hedinger (Volunteer Coordinator), Chantel Corrie (Executive Director), and Mallory Webster (Communications Manager), will spend several days in Kingston, Jamaica seeing the impact of Midwest Mission kits and items on the communities who receive them.

This shipment included:

  • 1,120 Student Kits
  • 560 Personal Dignity Kits
  • 560 Layette Kits
  • 448 Birthing Kits
  • 10 Feminine Hygiene Kits
  • 48 Home Care Kits
  • 216 Student Desks
  • 6 Treadle sewing machines
  • 20 Electric sewing machines
  • 209 Cover Them With Love Quilts
  • 218 Little Girl Outfits
  • 777 Pillow Case Dresses
  • Tarps donated by Lamar Advertising
  • Redirect body wipes, cleaning supplies, antibacterial hand cleaner, and face masks

Weight: 28,533 lbs

Value: $230,279.50

Food For The Poor Mourns Loss of Founder

Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mahfood heard God’s call when he witnessed extreme poverty in his native homeland of Jamaica. His religious conversion in 1976 was the inspiration behind the founding of Food For The Poor, planting the seeds of love and devotion 41 years ago that will know no end. Mr. Mahfood died peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by his family in prayer. He was 85.”

Michael Turnbell, Food For The Poor

Read more about Ferdinand’s life and work with Food For The Poor here.

Hands-On Mission Events in Iowa

This past week, Danille Curtis, Midwest Mission Iowa Coordinator, held two mission events in Jefferson, Iowa.

Danille has hosted several volunteer days at FUMC Jefferson. The most recent events were on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14 and 15. 

  • Tuesday, ladies who came to serve worked on weaving sleeping mats out of plastic bags using a loom. 
  • Wednesday, the Faith In Action group from Des Moines Catholic Youth Ministries verified 160 Personal Dignity Kits and worked on weaving mats. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

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Prayers to Lift Up

Please pray that the Jamaica shipment will arrive in a timely manner, and for the Midwest Mission team as they prepare to see first-hand how God is blessing His people there.

"He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones."

Proverbs 2:7-8

Midwest Mission Weekly Projects

Work of the Mission Volunteers

Projects completed

  • 2,520 Personal Dignity Kits

Other work done

  • 15 Bikes repaired
  • Sewing machines repaired
  • Desks built, polyurethaned
  • Sewing one-handled bags
  • Cleaning
  • Counting into inventory


  • Salvation Army, Springfield, IL: Redirect hygiene supplies, antibacterial hand cleaner, coffee filters Value: $9,861.00
  • Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery, Springfield, IL: Redirect toys Value: $250.00 *we do not accept toy donations
  • Midland Comm. F.O.A.R., Midland, MI: 288 UMCOR Hygiene Kits Value: $3,744.00
  • Food For The Poor, Jamaica: see story above

Midwest Mission is able to do this work because of your generous donations and willingness to volunteer. Thank you!

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Volunteers at Work

March 13- March 17, 2023

Volunteer Leaders

Chuck & Karen Porter

Brighton, IL

Connie and Bill Ridgley

Panora, IA

Volunteer Teams

Great Lakes Team

Michigan and Wisconsin

Waverly First UMC

Waverly, IL

St Joseph UMC

St. Joseph, IL

Monticello UMC

Monticello, IL

Gibson City, UMC

Gibson City, IL

Christy Noggle

Springfield, IL

Cheryl and Wilbur Austin

Lancaster, WI

We are so grateful for all our regular volunteers, and the time they give towards volunteering at Midwest Mission. We appreciate their passion and dedication to the ministry!

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