March 8, 2024

Two Shipments to Guatemala in One Day!

On Tuesday, March 5, we sent TWO SHIPMENTS to Guatemala through our partner Food For The Poor (FFTP).

Guatemala is a country of about 16.5 million people in Central America. Although rich with culture and tradition, Guatemala greatly suffers from both natural and man-made disasters, along with poverty that plagues the country. Alongside FFTP, we respond to the needs they have within their crisis. According to FFTP, “Despite political instability and natural disasters, charity work and disaster relief are keeping millions of Guatemalans from a humanitarian crisis.” 

The first semi-truck pulled into Midwest Mission shortly after 9 am, fitted with a 20-foot trailer that would hold the contents of our first shipment. This was an Angels of Hope shipment — all of the items included will go to children’s homes that FFTP serves through their Angels of Hope program.

This is the first Angels of Hope shipment of the year — and we have added more items than we sent last year. 

After originally hearing about the great need for mattresses in Jamaica, we continued to hear about needs for mattresses in many of the countries FFTP serves. This led us to add more needed items to the Angels of Hope shipments. We have added mattresses (many donated from Illinois State University), Bed Packs (sheet set, pillow, and pillowcase), and Cover Them With Love Quilts (the size has been adjusted to 72”x42” to fit the twin size mattress). These items were shipped alongside the Personal Dignity Kits, Home Care Kits, and cleaning wipes that we have been sending for Angels of Hope shipments.

The value of this first shipment was $36,809.48.

Just after 10:30 am, the second semi-truck pulled in with a 40-foot trailer, ready to accept the boxes and pallets set aside for the second container heading to Guatemala.

The second shipment included:

  • 16 Bikes
  • 12 Twin mattresses
  • 39 Electric sewing machines
  • 6 Treadle sewing machines
  • 100 Layette Kits
  • 150 Cover Them With Love Quilts
  • 20 Birthing Kits
  • Tarps
  • Handmade outfits
  • Medical supplies
  • Tools

Value: $161,631.20.

Thank you to everyone who donated their time, treasures, and talents to make these two shipments happen. These items will bring hope and empowerment to so many people in Guatemala.

Please be praying that the items will arrive safely, and get to people who need them most!

Midwest Mission Iowa is now open for booking Midwest Mission Experiences!

The Midwest Mission Experience is a chance for you and your group to learn and try out the different opportunities Midwest Mission has for at-home or off-site serving.

It is a half-day experience, where a team of up to 12 people will:

  • Learn about Midwest Mission and the impact you make in the world
  • Assemble Student Kits
  • Pack Rice Meals
  • Assemble Personal Dignity Kits
  • Try sewing projects (No sewing knowledge needed! From cutting to sewing, there is something anyone can do.)

To learn more about this opportunity at our location in Jefferson, IA, visit

To book your Midwest Mission Experience, email or call 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

Please pray for the two shipments that are heading to Guatemala. Pray they will get there safely and timely, and that those who need supplies will receive them.

"Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer."

Psalm 4:1

Midwest Mission Weekly Projects

Work of the Mission Volunteers

Work Done

  • Bike Shop
  • Desk Shop
  • Poly Shop
  • Sewing Machine Shop
  • Boxed Gloves
  • Counted into Inventory
  • 180 Home Care Kits
  • Off-Site Pack Prep
  • 1,690 Personal Dignity Kits
  • Cleaning
  • Repair Tent
  • 1,200 Rice Meals From Manteno UMC
  • 1,520 Rice Meals From Fairbury UMC
  • 1,225 Rice Meals From Coal City UMC
  • 1,200 Rice Meals From Grace UMC, Lansing, IL
  • Repair Pallets
  • Bag Wipes


  • Coal City UMC, Coal City, IL, 103 Rice Meals with Printed Sealing Pouch, Value: $206.00
  • Home Again Apartments. Minneapolis, MN, 48 UMCOR Hygiene Kits and 108 UMCOR Toothpaste, Value: $614.88

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 4 - 8, 2024

Volunteer Leaders

Kristi and Brett Ahrens

Stratford, IA

Volunteer Teams


Athens UMC

Athens, IL

Wisconsin Volunteers in Mission

Simpson Group

Springfield, IL

Laurie and Dan Waxler

Olney, IL

Savoy UMC

Savoy, IL

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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