Monday, March 9, 2015

MMDC March 2015 blog post #1

On Sunday, March 15, Jay & Karen Cutler and Susan & Carl Jacob will leave right after church for Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois (near Springfield).

Here we are last November at MMDC.

We will spend the week doing whatever tasks we are asked to do for this UMCOR site. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has 7 of these sites around the U.S., and this is the collection and distribution center for the Upper Midwest.

Those school bags, layette kits, birthing kits, health kits, Cover Them With Love quilts, and school desks that we have all been working on will be weighed in on Monday morning. (Then when those supplies are shipped around the U.S. and to other parts of the world, each load is weighed out to keep an accurate accounting of all donations.)

Two other Iowa churches from Gladbrook and Cedar Falls are also sending volunteers this week. We will stay on campus in the dorm, sharing the noon meal and going out to eat in the evenings. In addition, day volunteers will be coming from churches in Illinois and Missouri. We all work together and get to know each other as we do this mission work.

The MMDC staff will assign us tasks. The Lord loves a willing worker, so we could be building desks in the wood shop, sewing hospital gowns or school bags, sorting and counting donations, packaging boxes of health kits or school bags for shipment, preparing a newsletter for mailing, cleaning and organizing the warehouse, and more.

If we are lucky, there will be a shipment to “pray out” while we are there. Staff and volunteers gather in a circle and bless those who donated, delivered, and will receive the items after the semi is loaded. That makes us volunteers feel so good because we know we helped, and the load of supplies will help others.

You may participate in our journey by including us in your prayers. After seeing the photos and details of our activites posted here throughout the week, please consider joining us on our next trip.

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