Christmas in August: Students & Adults

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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.

2019 Christmas in August Missionaries

Bennett Ekandem
Evangelism Catalyst (MSC)
Stone Mountain, GA
(404) 997-8804 (cell)
(404) 299-7766 (office)

We minister to the refugees and immigrants in Clarkston by sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways. Many of the children struggle with school because they perform below grade level due to language barriers. Our after-school program is free to refugee and immigrant children. We provide them with a balanced lunch and healthy snacks when they come in from school. The children receive homework help and tutorials to help them achieve grade level and prepare for state testing. They also attend Bible studies and music lessons where they get to learn about Jesus. We also minister to the needs of the refugee families through Bible studies, Sunday evening services in partnership with a local church, food pantry, and diaper bank. We would like to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables through our food pantry.

  • boxes of facial tissues
  • disinfectant wipes
  • ziplock bags, sandwich size and gallon size
  • diapers, sizes 1 to 6
  • Kroger gift cards
  • Walmart gift cards
  • Amazon gift cards

Mailing Address
Bennett Ekandem
557 Crestridge Court
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


Liz McGraw
State Corrections Chaplain
Louisiana State Penitentiary

Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola, is a maximum-security prison housing 5,500 men. Once known as “the bloodiest prison in America,” Angola, I believe, is now “the most blood-bought prison in America.” With God at work through our 30 inmate-led churches and numerous volunteer groups, my ministry is more like that of an AMD (Associational Missions Director). I encourage, equip, schedule, and resource ministry throughout the prison. My incarcerated Americans (offenders) often ask for greeting cards to send to their families. Most requested cards include: thinking of you, get well, birthday, Mother’s Day, and Father's Day. The tracts will be used to share the gospel with offenders and employees. The Visa cards will allow me to purchase toiletry items for indigent offenders.

  • Christian greeting cards (no Christmas cards)
  • Christian tracts
  • Visa gift cards

Mailing Address
Liz McGraw
111 West Julius Carter Road
Woodville, MS 39669


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