Friday, January 27, 2012

Midwest Mission Distribution Center #1

January 27, 2012
We’ve started packing for our month-long trip to MMDC as on-site volunteer coordinators for the month of February. While we are there, we will be staying in a duplex on the 8-acre campus, which is 4 miles from Springfield, IL.

Besides the duplex (shown above), the site has a director’s house, a chapel, a gift shop, a dormitory, 3 warehouses, an office, RV sites, and picnic shelter. 

We will leave Charles City after church on Sunday, Jan. 29, and drive 350 miles to the campus. In May of 2011 we volunteered for a week at MMDC with Karen and Jay Cutler who had been there several times before. 

Since we are retired, Carl and I decided that we would like to return. We’ll welcome and sign in volunteers who come for the day from nearby churches or for the week from farther afield. We will also give newcomers a tour of the facility. Each morning there is a staff meeting, and everyone takes turns being in charge of devotions.

Carl will be the outside coordinator in charge of the warehouse workers and those in the wood shop. He really enjoyed building tables for a school and hospital when we were there before. 

Susan will be the inside coordinator helping the volunteers sew hospital gowns for Haiti, Guatemala, and Mexico. In addition, she’ll help with sorting and packing of health kits, bedding kits, layette kits, birthing kits, and sewing kits, making teacher and student school bags, and assembling flood buckets.

Many of the members of Trinity United Methodist Church and our Charles City community have sent donations for us to deliver to MMDC. These include hospital gowns, school bags, baby caps, baby sweaters, T-shirts, toothbrushes, and cash donations for personal dignity kits. We want to express a heartfelt “thank you” for your generosity to MMDC. May God bless you all.

I’ll try to update this blog every few days with information and photos of our activities. 

In Christian Love,

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