April 26, 2024

Every Personal Dignity Kit in the Building is Headed to Guatemala

One question people ask about Midwest Mission is “how long are items in the warehouse before they get shipped out?”

The answer to this question depends on what the items are, if they are common requests or if we are waiting to see where they will go, and sometimes it depends on how quickly shipping companies can get shipping containers to us.

Kits generally don’t sit on the shelf longer than three months, and it tends to be much shorter than this. Kits are heavily requested items with vital resources for those in the midst of crisis, so they cycle in and out the warehouse very quickly.

Personal Dignity Kits specifically go out really fast — and this week was a prime example.

On Tuesday, April 23, we sent our 12th international shipment of the year. This was an Angels of Hope shipment that will be disbursed in Guatemala. Angels of Hope shipments are full of supplies solely for children’s homes. Because of this, the container is packed full of Personal Dignity Kits, Home Care Kits, and disinfectant wipes. All of these items will help the homes be a healthy environment for their kids to grow up in. 

As the team loaded the container, Brad Walton, Operations Manager, realized they could fit more Personal Dignity Kits, so he gathered every last Personal Dignity Kit that was on the shelf. They added the Kits, and added a few more Home Care Kits, and realized there was still more room! 

When the shipping container had first arrived, a group from Laurel UMC in Springfield was unloading their Off-Site Personal Dignity Kit Assembly that they hosted on Monday. Remembering this, Brad decided to take six boxes from their event, and add them to the shipment, to complete the packed-full container.

Talk about turn around time… those boxes of Personal Dignity Kits were in the warehouse for less than one hour before they were shipped out! 

After this shipment, we don’t have a single full pallet of Personal Dignity Kits ready to go out.

You can help us.

Get your family, small group, or coworkers together, and have a mission moment right where you are! You can purchase the supplies needed (see the list at midwestmission.org/kits), and pack Personal Dignity Kits at home using this video.

Then, when you are done, you can bring them to Midwest Mission, a Permanent Collection Site near you, or bring them to your UM Annual Conference Collection if they are hosting a Midwest Mission Truck — click this link to see if your conference is participating.

Not interested in packing, but still want to help? You can purchase supplies for the Kit and have them sent directly to Midwest Mission! Use this link to see what you can buy. And, as always, you can make a monetary donation towards the Kits.

Most importantly, you can pray! Pray that the items in this container will bless those who are recipients, pray for life change through knowing that they are loved by God and they have hope in Him. Pray that they will feel all the love that people around the Midwest put into the kits for someone they will never meet. 

Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!

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


April 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!

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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.


(We are in BIG need of Onesies!! Please purchase when you are out, or click the link below.)

Size 0 - 6 Months, New

click here to purchase online

Day and Night Pads

You can make them at home using our patterns — click here and scroll down to Feminine Hygiene Kit. Tips and tricks: Click here to visit the page

Or, you can purchase them online and have them sent to Midwest Mission — Click here!

Personal Dignity Kits

Read the above article and learn more at midwestmission.org/kits

Prayers to Lift Up

Pray that the items in this container will bless those who are recipients, pray for life change through knowing that they are loved by God and they have hope in Him. Pray that they will feel all the love that people around the Midwest put into the kits for someone they will never meet. 

" But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Midwest Mission Weekly Projects

Work of the Mission Volunteers

Work Done

  • 561 Personal Dignity Kits
  • 1,140 Student Kits
  • 80 Feminine Hygiene Kits

  • Bike Shop
  • Desk Shop
  • Poly Shop
  • Cleaning
  • Grounds keeping
  • Counting into inventory
  • Informational folders

Mission in Motion

7224 Rice Meals

  • Hartford UMC - Hartford, WI
  • Oak Creek Community UMC - Oak Creek, WI
  • Wauwatosa UMC - Wauwatosa, WI
  • Mt. Carroll UMC - Mt. Carroll, IL

270 Personal Dignity Kits

  • Laurel UMC - Springfield, IL


  • CICIM, Decatur, IL: Hygiene Supplies, Furniture/furnishings Value: $1,068.00
  • Academic and Career Center Education Academy, Midland, MI: School Supplies Value: $184.00

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?

Here are three ways you can get involved at Midwest Mission:

1. Host an Off-Site Event

We have several hands-on mission opportunities you can host at your location! Visit midwestmission.org/off-site to learn more. Contact Melissa Brookens at 217-483-7911 or melissa@midwestmission.org to book your event or for questions.

2. Serve From Home

You can serve people around the world from right at home! From sewing, to assembling kits, there's something for everyone. Learn how at midwestmission.org/at-home.

3. Volunteer at Midwest Mission

We have dates available in 2024 and 2025! Have questions or need assistance in booking? Contact Pat Wright at  pat@midwestmission.org or 217-697-4063. 

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

2025 and 2026 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.

Midwest Mission Iowa

If you would like to do the Midwest Mission Experience at our Jefferson, IA location, visit midwestmission.org/iowa - or reach out to Melissa Brookens.

Volunteers at Work

April 22 - 26, 2024

Volunteer Leaders

Ron and Sharon Monroe

Fairbury, IL

Volunteer Teams


Sewing Group First UMC

Springfield, IL

Grace UMC

Lansing, MI

First MC

Flora, IL

Union Reunion

St. Louis, MO


Knoxville, IL

UMC Missions

Mahomet, IL

First UMC

Beardstown, IL


Grace UMC

Des Moines, IA

Ames First UMC UWF

Ames, 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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