March 15, 2024

Another Week, Another Two Shipments!

This week, we, once again, sent two shipments in one day! 

Warehouse one was full of supplies ready to go to Maryland. Similarly, warehouse three and the loading dock were a maze of pallets, boxes, and loose items, waiting to be loaded for Honduras.

The Maryland shipment was first. Coordinated through our partner Food For The Poor, these supplies were specifically requested for an organization called Michael’s Mission, based out of Metropolitan UMC in Maryland. The organization works to provide basic needs for school-age children, many of whom are homeless. Every year, we send two truck-loads of needed items their way.

This shipment included: 

  • 2,112 UMCOR Hygiene Kits
  • 600 Blankets
  • 27 Sets of pillows and sheets
  • 560 UMCOR Menstrual Kits
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • 11 Sleeping Mats

The value was $48,060.28.

Shortly after the truck for Maryland left the building, it was time to load the shipment to Honduras. This was our eighth international shipment of the year! It took two hours and four people to load this shipment that included all kinds of requested items. 

It included:

  • 30 Bikes
  • 6 Treadle Sewing Machines
  • 39 Electric Sewing Machines
  • 670 Blankets
  • 2,467 lbs. of Fire Gear
  • 5 Wheelchairs
  • 40 Cover Them With Love Quilts
  • 290 Birthing Kits (Although we have discontinued making this kit, we are continuing to send what we have already made and received.)
  • 321 Little girl outfits
  • 174 Little boy outfits
  • 20 Mattresses
  • Tarps
  • Medical supplies
  • Linens
  • Cleaning supplies

The value of this shipment was $106.061.90.

We thank God for the ability to touch so many lives by sending needed items that will bring hope and empowerment. We also thank God for you — without you there would be nothing to send, and no people to put together Kits. We couldn’t do it without you.

Midwest Mission has been blessed with volunteers across the Midwest who give of their time, energy and resources to assist us in carrying out God’s mission to help those in need.  Some of these volunteers use the facilities God has blessed them with to provide a donation collection point for needed supplies. These are our Permanent Collection Sites!  

You can find their contact information here.

What’s Happening @ Permanent Collection Sites?

Riverside UMC, Park Rapids, MN – Spike Wellman worked with a local elderly care facility (Living at Home) to get eight hospital beds and mattresses for Midwest Mission along with wheelchairs, walkers and treadle sewing machines. Well, done Riverside!

Nebraska City FUMC, Nebraska City, NE – Has finished their first Sleeping Mat and have collected two bicycles for Midwest Mission.  They are also reaching out to a local school to see about obtaining bleacher wood to help Midwest Mission make Student Desks. Thank you for being mission minded.

Bethany UMC Green Bay, WI – Had a great turn out for their Plarn-a-Palooza! Keep coming up with great ideas.

Tanya Oberg, Rochester, MN – As a member of our Board of Directors, Tanya is always willing to act as a Collection Site for Midwest Mission. She has collected a hospital bed, blankets, various hospital equipment as well as a bicycle.  Thank you for all you do.

West Salem Trinity Church, Mount Vernon, IL - Has started their annual Lent season Cardinals vs Cubs Cleaning Kit challenge!  They put out 5 gallon buckets, one decorated for Cards, one for Cubs, and people donate for bragging rights for their team and all the money gets sent to Midwest Mission for Cleaning Kits.  Go TEAMS!!!

If your congregation is interested in becoming a new Permanent Collection Site in 2024, please contact for more information.

Our 2023 Impact Report is available for download! Using the button below, you can download the report and share with someone you know!


March Church Bulletin Insert

We offer monthly church bulletin inserts that you can slide in your church's bulletin. These inserts keep your congregation up-to-date on our current needs and upcoming events!

Download March Bulletin PDF

You can purchase these items at your local store and take them to Midwest Mission or a Collection Site near you. You can also buy items online and have them shipped right to Midwest Mission.


8-10 oz. bottles

click here to purchase online

Household Cleaner

 56-80 oz. total (no spray bottles)

Adult Bikes

In good, working condition.

Prayers to Lift Up

This week, we thank God for all of those who love and care for the people around the world and around the corner who are in need. Whether working with Midwest Mission, or other organizations, people are sharing the light of Christ by showing God's love in a practical way, and we are thankful to join in on this mission.

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Philippians 1:3-6

Midwest Mission Weekly Projects

Work of the Mission Volunteers

Work Done

  • 1,830 Personal Dignity Kits
  • 180 Home Care Kits
  • Bag Wipes

  • Bike Shop
  • Desk Shop
  • Poly Shop
  • Sewing Machine Shop
  • Counted into Inventory
  • Off-Site Pack Prep
  • Cleaning

Mission in Motion

  • 30 Personal Dignity Kits — Hillsboro 4H, Hillsboro, IL
  • 100 Student Kits — Watseka UMC — Watseka, IL
  • 1,585 Rice Meals — Holy Spokes Cluster, Jacksonville, IL
  • 802 Rice Meals — Fairview Center UMC, Monmouth, IL
  • 1,232 Rice Meals — Asbury UMC, Kankakee, IL


  • Home Again Apartments. Minneapolis, MN, 48 UMCOR Hygiene Kits and 108 UMCOR Toothpaste, Value: $614.88
  • Urban Bicycle Good Ministries, Des Moines, IA, 50 Woven Sleeping Mats, Value: $1,250

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

Share some GOD news with those you love!

Do you have family or friends that need some GOOD News - GOD News - to uplift them? If so please click on the button below and share the link provided. The more we can spread the word about the work God is doing here, the more we can make the world a happier place.

Link to Share the Midwest Mission Newsletter

Ready to Get Involved?

Volunteer at Midwest Mission

Dates are available in 2024 and 2025.

Need a Saturday option for team volunteering

or assistance in booking? Contact Pat Wright

at or 217-697-4063

Click below to check calendar openings and to reserve your spots.

Volunteer Reservation Calendar

2025 Volunteer Calendar is open for dorm reservations!

Go to our Reservation Calendar, log in, reserve your rooms, and submit payment for your Non-refundable Reservation Fee via credit card or electronic check. We will email you the Access Code to reserve Volunteer Shifts for your team. You must complete this step for your team to volunteer at Midwest Mission.

For local teams and individuals: Volunteer Shifts will only be available 3 months ahead of time. For example, December 1, 2023 you will be able to reserve Volunteer Shifts for March of 2024.

Thank you for your patience as we try to improve the reservation experience for both local teams and those staying in the dorm.

Volunteers at Work

March 11 - 15, 2024

Volunteer Leaders

Rus and Tony DeBonis

Waterloo, IA

Susan Ryon

Des Moines, IA

Volunteer Teams


First UMC

Valparaiso, IN

Sewing Group First UMC

Springfield, IL

Frazee and Friends

Chatham, IL

DeBonis Family


Taylorville UMC

Taylorville, IL

DeBonis Family


Douglas Avenue UMC

Springfield, IL

Monticello UMC

Monticello, IL

First MC

Flora, IL

Bright Star Parish UMC

Bluffs, IL


Panora UMC

Panora, IA

We are so grateful for all our local and 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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