February 16, 2024

Fourth International Shipment of the Year Goes to Jamaica

On Thursday, February 15, the Midwest Mission operations team revved the engines of the forklifts, and prepared to load our fourth international shipment of the year

We recently received a donation of bed frames and mattresses from Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois. After processing the donation, Brad Walton, Operations Manager, contacted Food For The Poor to tell them about the donation, and to find out where they might be needed. 

Food For The Poor quickly replied that their partners in Jamaica were in need of the beds. Within a few weeks, we were ready for the shipment. 

It didn’t come as a surprise that the team in Jamaica jumped at the opportunity to have beds they could distribute to their partners. In March 2023, a few Midwest Mission staff members visited Food For The Poor in Jamaica, and saw the overwhelming need for beds. Whether at the hospital, in children’s homes, or the homeless shelter, it was evident that beds and more specifically, mattresses, would always be needed.

Having a solid, clean, and comfortable place to sleep helps not only a person’s physical health, but mental health as well. The people we get the opportunity to serve are already in the midst of a crisis. If we can help meet even one of their needs, our prayer is that they will have the hope to move forward, and the empowerment to take the next step in their journey. 

Can you imagine needing to be in the emergency room, but you have to sleep in a chair? Or in a children’s home because you don’t have any family left, but you only have a thin, dirty mattress to sleep on? We send these items, and many others, so more people may have health, hope, empowerment, and dignity.

On this shipment, we sent 53 bunk bed frames, 75 mattresses, and 9,600 Rice Meal Bags — this is enough to make 57,600 individual servings of a nutrition-packed meal.

The items on this shipment were valued at $64,012.00.

You can play a part in sending hope and empowerment around the world and around the corner — visit midwestmission.org/get-involved to see how you can join our mission.

Linda Priest Receives Midwest Mission's

Lay Speaker of the Year Award

Congratulations to Midwest Mission’s Board Member, Linda Priest (pictured left), on earning the 2023 Midwest Mission Lay Speaker of the Year Award. Over the years, the mission of Midwest Mission has spread the fastest and furthest through word-of-mouth. Our ambassadors keep our mission alive and active, as they bring new people into serving, and remind experienced volunteers of the opportunities they have to serve. Without these key ambassadors, we would not be able to do what we are able to do together.

The 2023 award is being awarded to Linda in recognition of her diligence in attending multiple conferences and churches, and setting up the Midwest Mission display to share the opportunities and good news of the ministry with others. Linda joined Lisa Rigoni, Development Manager, at a few conferences and interacted with folks at the display beautifully. She also represented Midwest Mission at other events and churches. Thank you, Linda, for your years of dedication to this ministry, and your passion for sharing the mission with others. You are bringing hope and empowerment to people around the world and around the corner!


Bishop Frank Beard earned the Clergy Speaker of the Year award. He was instrumental in keeping us in front of people in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, brought his team for his staff's annual Mission event, and invited us to share the Midwest Mission Experience with the College of Bishops, which garnered additional opportunities from different conferences and also the invitation to run the Midwest Mission Experience at at least four conferences in 2024.

God is doing great things at Midwest Mission! We combined some of our most recent "God Moments" into a publication called "God is On the Move."

Using the button below, you can download the stories and share with someone you know!


February 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 February 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. Bikes can be used.


8-10 oz. bottles

click here to purchase online

Household Cleaner

 56-80 oz. total (no spray bottles) 

Adult Bikes

In good, working condition.

We will continue to accept other sizes of quilts, but our priority is 42"x72" to meet our partners' needs.

Prayers to Lift Up

This week, please pray that God will continue helping us reach more people around the world and around the corner. Pray we will know the needs we can and should meet, and the right resources will come at the right time.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Matthew 6:34

Midwest Mission Weekly Projects

Work of the Mission Volunteers

Work Done

  • Bike Shop
  • Desk Shop
  • Sewing Machine Shop
  • Impact Reports
  • Off Site Pack Prep
  • Poly Shop
  • Cleaning
  • 117 Personal Dignity Kits Received
  • 240 Birthing Kits Unverified
  • Counting Into Inventory


  • Red Bird Mission Inc., Beverly, KY, 865 Cleaning Supplies That does not Qualify for Kits, 152 Hygiene Supplies that does not Qualify for Kits, 1,217 Clothing Items, Value; $9,849.00

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?

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 pat@midwestmission.org 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

February 12-16, 2024

Volunteer Leaders

Sue Loeffler

Mercer, WI

Sharon and Tim Sherrow

Old Mission, MI

Volunteer Teams


New Lenox UMC

New Lenox, IL

Union Reunion

St. Louis, MO

Darlene Powell

Springfield, IL

McAlister Group

Champaign, IL


Mt. Ayr UMC

Mt. Ayr, 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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