March 1, 2024

Off-Site Events off to a Great Start

Our Off-Site Events are vital for this ministry, creating more resources than could ever be made at Midwest Mission alone. This is how we send so many Rice Meals, Personal Dignity Kits, and Student Kits to people in need around the world. Off-Site Events are a big part of the Midwest Mission ministry - and you and your entire congregation can join us!

Rice Meals made at Off-Site Events have gone to places like Ukraine, Haiti, and Guatemala.

Student Kits have gone to more than 10 countries around Latin America and the Caribbean, and will be going to Peru later this month.

Personal Dignity Kits assembled at Off-Site Events have been sent to Ukraine, Jamaica, Honduras, and more!

The hands-on mission work that is done in churches, schools, and organizations around the Midwest makes a global impact.

Our Off-Site Events are off to an exciting start. In the first two months of the year, we have had nine Events, impacting the lives of 107,190 people.

We are still booking events for 2024. There is a lot of availability in July and August - you could have a great summer connection event with your community!

Why Book an Off-Site Event?

  • We bring the mission to you!
  • Easy to organize.
  • More people get to have a hands-on mission experience.
  • These events connect communities, grow teams closer together, and deepen discipleship.
  • Creates a space where community is shared and memories are made, all while actively being the hands and feet of Jesus. 

If you’re interested, and want to learn more about the options, visit, call 217-483-7911, or email

Welcome, Melissa Brookens,

Reservation Coordinator!

We are ramping up for our busiest and most impactful year yet! Last year, we booked over 100 Off-Site Events, and this year we already have 58 Events booked, and it’s only March! Volunteers are reserving Midwest Mission Experience shifts in Iowa, and we are excited to see all of the on-site volunteers in Illinois as well. 

It was becoming too much for one person to do, so, in a God Moment kind of way, we hired Melissa Brookens back in December to join Pat Wright on the Reservations Team. 

Melissa will help you book Off-Site Events, and will handle reservations for our Iowa location. Pat will continue to take reservations for Illinois volunteers. When Pat is out of the office, you might hear from Melissa, too! She is a great addition to the team.

Here is a little bit about Melissa:

Melissa and her husband, Tom, have two wonderful children and two ornery cats. Her daughter Catherine has recently started as a part-time missionary in Arlington, Texas at The Prayer Room and her son Drew is finishing up his term in the USMC. 

Melissa graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a degree in Forest Resource Science. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hanging out with her extended family, and leading worship for Tent of Meeting revivals. 


Melissa’s prayer for Midwest Mission: That the staff and volunteers be a conduit to help unify the believers of Jesus by demonstrating the power and glory of God’s love to everyone through practical endeavors. 


"I love when God shows up! Throughout my life, I have had many highs and lows, but He has always shown His wonderful light upon the path I needed to take. We only have to take one step out in faith and God will meet us the rest of the way.”

Please join us in welcoming Melissa to the team!

If you need to contact her for Off-Site or Iowa Reservations —


Phone: 217-494-6113

Office Phone: 217-483-7911

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

As we near a season that tends to bring disasters, please pray for wisdom, safety, and protection for those who end up in the path of a disaster.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Psalm 46:1

Midwest Mission Weekly Projects

Work of the Mission Volunteers

Work Done

  • Bike Shop
  • Desk Shop
  • Poly Shop
  • Sewing
  • Sewing Machine Shop
  • Boxed Gloves
  • Counted into Inventory
  • 120 Home Care Kits
  • Off-Site Pack Prep
  • 160 Feminine Hygiene Kits
  • Cleaning
  • 50 Student Kits
  • 520 Rice Meals


  • CICIM, Decatur, IL, 622 Furniture and Furnishings, Value: $2,488.00

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 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 26- March 1


Volunteer Leaders

Kristi and Brett Ahrens

Stratford, IA

Volunteer Teams


Meridian Street UMC

Indianapolis, IN

Centenary UMC

Jacksonville, IL

Sewing Group First

Springfield, IL

Sew Much Joy

Glen Carbon, IL


Windsor, Maple Grove, and Walnut Hills Churches

Des Moines, 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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