Through Christmas in August you can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach.
Christmas in August is a program sponsored by WMU® and the North American Mission Board. It allows members of WMU organizations to participate in the work of North American missionaries by supplying them with items needed in large quantities in their ministries.
Here’s How It Works
- Pray. Begin with a time of prayer for your Christmas in August missionary(ies).
- Choose. Pick which missionary(ies) you will gather supplies for and which supplies you will gather. You may send several of the same item, a few of the items, or some of all of the items. You may select one missionary or more than one. The number of items you send and the number of missionaries you help will depend on the size of your group.
- Promote. Tell everyone about the project. Give out a list of the items. Tell when and where to leave the gifts.
- Gather. Send the missionaries only those items specified on their list. Send new items only. You don’t have to include everything that is on the list because other churches will take part too.
- Pack. Gather the items your group collects and pack them up to be shipped. Consider placing items that could leak inside plastic sealable bags. Do not wrap the items.
- Organize. Label the outside of the package with the names of items inside. This will help missionaries sort through packages more quickly.
- Prepare. Address your package to the missionary at the address listed. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for the missionary to acknowledge receipt of your gifts.
- Write. Give the missionary your email address. Explain to your missions group that the missionaries may receive hundreds of packages, and may not have time to respond to each group individually.
- Mail. Find out the exact postage to pay for your box(es). If you select the missionary in Canada, take note of the special instructions for mailing to that country.
- Pray (again). Pray for the missionary, his or her ministries, and the people served. Pray they are able to use your items to reach people with the gospel message.
Packaging and Mailing
- Note any particular packaging needs any missionary might mention.
- If you send your package by regular US mail, be sure to have the package weighed at the post office and have the proper postage affixed. (You don’t want the missionary to have to pay postage-due charges on your gift!)
- If you send the package by United Parcel Service (UPS), use the physical street address. UPS will not deliver to a post office box.
- If mailing to Canada: Please send via US Parcel Post. Do not send via UPS, FedEx or other courier service as they will charge customs fees to send to Canada. Complete a Customs Declaration Form at the post office when you ship your box. On the form is a box that needs to be checked: Gift. By doing this, the missionary is not required to pay any fees upon the boxes’ arrival. For more information, visit usps.com.
The missionaries expressed gratitude for your support when they sent their requests. They are excited about receiving these items.
David and Marsha Mitchell
Puerto Rico Deaf Ministers
1641 Paseo La Colonia
Ponce, PR 00717-2312
- pocket flashlights
- pocket-size note pads
- ballpoint pens with clip for attaching to pocket
- reading glasses for magnifying text (available for $1 at discount stores)
- combs (men’s and women’s)
These items will be useful to David and Marsha Mitchell in their outreach ministry to the Deaf in Puerto Rico.
Canada National Baptist Convention
100 Convention Way
Cochrane AB T4C 2G2
- Walmart gift cards
- Home Depot gift cards
- Starbucks gift cards
- travel-sized toiletry items
- Michael’s Canada gift cards
- Staples Canada gift cards
- Christianbook.com gift cards
- paper plates
- plastic cutlery
Connect Church is a new church plant in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, launching in the fall of 2016. Gifts to Connect Church will help the church reach out to the lost and love people in Jesus’ name. Connect Church also does a monthly ministry on the University of Calgary campus. Gifts will help the church love and serve the students from all over the world. Because shipping can be expensive, gift cards are the best option for equipping Connect Church and helping with the church’s ministry.
2536 Woodberry Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
- coloring books (small/thin)
- 8-pack crayons
- jump ropes
- puzzles, toy cars, and toy trucks (small)
- sidewalk chalk
- socks (girls and boys ages 2–18)
- individually wrapped snack foods
- used children’s books (elementary level)
- Goodwill gift cards
- NIrV Bibles
- Jesus Storybook Bibles
- LifeWay gift cards
David Parsons networks with churches, schools, organizations, individuals, and businesses to help them engage their community for Christ. As a North American Mission Board missionary, he comes alongside local churches by helping them begin new types of ministries to reach the unchurched youth in their community. This connection of churches to community is the focus of his ministry, as well as training churches to mentor fatherless boys and girls and discipling men in the marketplace. David and the members of his ministry believe that every church can be connected to their community and be on mission for God.
Greg and Mia Pendarvis
Victory Sports Outreach
C/O Greg and Mia Pendarvis
1110 Doby Court
Fort Mill, SC 29715
- gas cards (for missions trips and trips to local fields and courts)
- gift cards from Walmart/Sam’s Club, Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Oriental Trading Company (for sports equipment, supplies for missions trips, etc.)
- NIV Outreach Bibles. These are given to campers in the summer as well as to new participants in sports leagues each season. The NIV Outreach Bible is available from BiblicaDirect.com (three different cover designs): biblicadirect.com/niv-outreach-bible-2; biblicadirect.com/niv-outreach-bible-1; biblicadirect.com/niv-holy-bible-1.
- Soccer Ball of Many Colors from kingdomsportsproducts.com. Greg and Mia have donated more than 1,000 of these soccer balls for missions trips around the world: “We also use them for our missions trips and leagues during the school year to share the gospel.”
- Easton IncrediBalls (soft baseballs)
- basketballs for younger kids, size 3 (22”) and size 5 (27.5”)
- footballs, youth size
Greg and Mia Pendarvis founded Victory Sports Outreach, a nonprofit organization established in 2004 as a tool to share the gospel of Jesus Christ using sports. They offer sports leagues during the school year (fall, winter, and spring), averaging 350 participants per season. They also conduct sports camp/VBS during the summer, involving more than 900 children. They are involved in speaking events and teaching other churches how to conduct leagues and camps.
California Migrant Ministry
678 East Shaw Avenue
- hygiene items (soap, shampoo, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste)
- school supplies (crayons, construction paper, notebook paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, children’s scissors)
Oscar Sanchez is a field specialist for migrant ministries for the California Southern Baptist Convention. Oscar says, “Last summer, by God’s grace and the volunteers, we were able to reach 1,300 migrants for Christ. The items listed will be greatly needed for hundreds of migrant families throughout California. [They] have experienced hardships the last few years due to the ongoing drought.”
New Heights Fellowship
2103 Union Street
Northwood, OH 43619-1421
- toothpaste (trial size preferred)
- detergent pods
- $5 or $10 gift cards to Walmart, McDonald’s, or any national fast-food chain
- peanut butter
- Walmart gift cards (in any amount)
- small stuffed animals
- Lowe’s gift cards
The Southside Life Station and New Heights Fellowship are both located in Toledo, Ohio. The Life Station is a Baptist center that provides food and clothing for those in emergency need. People from the local area join those at the center for a worship service and the preaching of the gospel before receiving supplies. Those who come to the Life Station can also get in-mail Bible studies, help finding employment, household items, and more. The Life Station continues to preach the gospel as many food pantries in Toledo have ceased this work under pressure from government regulation.
New Heights Fellowship is the lead church plant in a young church-planting network attempting to reach Toledo with the gospel. Resources are slim, so New Heights appreciates any supplies that are donated as they work to share the gospel. (If items are bought through amazonsmile.com, groups can choose New Heights Fellowship as their preferred charity. Amazon donates a percentage of the purchases directly to New Heights.)