Christmas in August: Students

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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

  1. Pray. Begin with a time of prayer for your Christmas in August missionary(ies).
  2. 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.
  3. Promote. Tell everyone about the project. Give out a list of the items. Tell when and where to leave the gifts.
  4. 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.
  5. Pack. Gather the items your group collects and pack them to be shipped. Consider placing items that could leak inside plastic sealable bags. Do not wrap the items.
  6. Organize. Label the outside of the package with the names of items inside. This will help missionaries sort through packages more quickly.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

2018 Christmas in August Missionaries


Kevin and Amy Cox
Collegiate/University Missionary
Worcester, MA

We are collegiate missionaries in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is home to ten colleges and universities. I (Kevin) oversee ministries on four of these campuses, while actively seeking to reach out to all of the schools with the love and message of Jesus. The gum will be given out at school activities fairs with invites to our events and Bible studies. The gift cards will be used for meeting with students to share about the gospel or to help them grow in their faith. We give away evangelistic books and read them with seeking students. We also read discipleship books with student leaders. We can utilize the stamps as we send newsletters and thank-you cards to supporters of our ministries. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is an amazing evangelistic humanitarian organization that sends Christmas gifts in shoeboxes around the world. We have found that college students love to come help us pack the boxes and we use this as an opportunity to invite all our non-Christian friends, build relationships, and share testimonies of how God changes lives. By donating these gifts or giving gift cards to Walmart, you can help us buy supplies for these packing parties on college campuses!

  • gum packs, preferably Orbit, 5 Gum, Extra, Eclipse
  • $5 gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, iTunes,
  • Walmart gift cards (any amount)
  • evangelistic/discipleship books: What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert (Crossway); The Prodigal God by Tim Keller (Penguin Books); Just for Starters (Matthias Media); Christian Living for Starters (Matthias Media)
  • postage stamps
  • items (toys, school supplies, personal care items) for packing OCC boxes for children ages 5–9 (See suggestions and new guidelines of what not to include at

Mailing Address

Enoch Karnjay
Senior Pastor, Compassion of Christ Ministry International
Bristol, PA

Compassion of Christ Ministry International worships at a Ramada Inn located near Bristol, Pennsylvania. Pastor Enoch Karnjay says that more people are coming every Sunday but meeting space is limited. He asks you keep them in your prayers as they look for a permanent location to continue to grow the church.

  • Bibles and tracts for outreach
  • van to pick up people for church
  • Walmart gift cards for church supplies
  • instruments and sound equipment (keyboard/piano, drums, guitars, speakers, wireless microphones)

Mailing Address
BURLINGTON NJ 08016-2238


Please Note: Shamaun Bashir (Philadelphia, PA) was previously listed as one of our Christmas in August missionaries. After publication in JJA 2018 The Mag and initial publication online, we have learned that Shamaun Bashir is no longer a church planter for the Southern Baptist Convention.


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