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.

2020 Christmas in August Missionaries

James Duckworth
Volunteer Fire and Disaster Relief Chaplain
Athens, Tennessee
(423) 368-3867
na4ittn@gmail.com

 

I am an SBC-endorsed volunteer fire and disaster relief chaplain. I serve the McMinn County Rural Fire Department in Athens, Tennessee. I am disabled, and my wife is retired. I furnish my own vehicle, and receive no reimbursement. We fund everything I do as best we can.

I am also a member of the Tennessee Disaster Mental Health Strike Team that is deployed to do interventions, debriefings, and one-on-ones with first responders and civilians after tragic events. Some of the deployments may be up to 4 hours away.

I respond with a 4-fold ministry:

  • Care: Is the victim physically OK or do they need EMS? Provide a blanket if needed.
  • Concern: Listening to the victim’s story.
  • Compassion: Do they have somewhere to go, or do I need to call Red Cross for them?
  • Hope: Asking the victim(s) if I can pray with them, and doing so.

I give victims blankets and God’s Promises books. I ask victims if they would like to have the book as a gift from me, not from the fire department. My chief does allow this. I also give these to anyone who requests one. I would like to start carrying small stuffed animals, perhaps Dalmatian fire dogs, to give to children in trauma.

I run all fire calls to help care for our firefighters, providing the water to drink and helping with rehab. I also care for the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of our firefighters, and am involved in events where the chaplain is needed in the fire department.

  • emergency thermal blankets to give to victims
  • God’s Promises books (paperback)
  • small stuffed animals, esp. Dalmatians
  • Visa gift cards to buy gas for vehicle and bottled water for fire fighters
  • printer ink and paper (Note from James: I do not need a lot of these. I have a HP Deskjet 2132 printer. I use this to print chaplain reports and other documentation as needed.)

Mailing Address
JAMES DUCKWORTH
522 COUNTY ROAD 783
ETOWAH, TN 37331

 

Patrick Grant
Pastor/Church Planter
Woodstock Community Church
Portland, Oregon
(919) 985-1004
pgrant@woodstockcchurch.org
woodstockcchurch.org

Woodstock Community Church is just over a year old and located in southeast Portland, Oregon. Our desire is to be a church for all people, of all ages, and of all life stages. We have seen God move and draw people to Himself through our ministry already.

Our outreach events during the summer are geared toward children and young families because our neighborhood consists primarily of this demographic. We host soccer camps, movie nights, VBS, and this year we plan to do some drama/music camps as well. The gospel is presented clearly every time we gather. Most kids do not know who God is, what church is, or why they need Jesus. We use these events to teach them these core truths as well as build healthy relationships with parents.

We hope to draw in teens who have nowhere to go for a “safe place” to attend a youth gathering on Friday nights. Many children end up on the streets, so we hope to engage them and invite them in and teach them that they belong to Jesus before they get to that point.

Homelessness is another need of the neighborhood. Our church hosts a Bible study on Tuesday nights that is primarily for this demographic. Some of those we have helped are now regular attenders of our church. We also provide laundry services to those in need in our community once a month. It is a great blessing to be able to provide them with clean laundry and blankets.

Other community outreach includes having cookouts to engage with people in the community and distributing backpacks and school supplies to families in need.

Thank you for donating toward the ministry Woodstock Community Church!

  • English-language Bibles, preferably ESV (other options: The Message, NIV, NKJV)
  • bilingual Spanish/English Bibles (NVI/NIV)
  • CCB/NIV Chinese/English Bilingual Bibles, online retailers include: christianbook.com; biblesinbulk.com; amazon.com
  • reusable bags/grocery bags to provide resources
  • hygiene kits and socks for those who are homeless
  • liquid laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • backpacks and school supplies
  • paper products and other supplies for cookouts (paper plates, paper cups, paper towels, plastic ware)
  • Visa gift cards to purchase food for cook outs and snacks for children’s ministry
  • blank thank-you cards or greeting cards to write notes of encouragement to teachers and staff at a local school and to neighbors
  • office supplies (pens, paper)
  • canopy/tent for outdoor events
  • feather banner(s) with church logo for summer outreach events in the parks (contact Patrick for details)
  • color changing cups w/ Woodstock Community Church logo (contact Patrick for details)
  • folding tables and benches and chairs to use for kids camps and VBS (contact Patrick for details)

Mailing Address
PATRICK GRANT
1415 SE TOLMAN ST
PORTLAND, OR 97202

Kelly and Brandi Parrish
Lead Pastor, Living Rock Church
Timnath, Colorado
(970) 817-4161
kellyp@livingrockchurch.co
livingrockchurch.co

Living Rock Church is a five-year-old church plant in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a church that is called to multiply, we have seen many come to Christ as we have consistently planted the gospel. We have had the privilege of planting three other churches in Northern Colorado so far. We will use these items for our local outreach events, as well as in our kids’ ministry and youth ministry.

  • ESV Student Study Bibles
  • Clorox wipes
  • baby wipes
  • glue sticks
  • play dough
  • cardstock, white and assorted colors
  • Sharpie markers, assorted-color packs
  • Visa gift cards to purchase supplies

Mailing Address
KELLY PARRISH
5641 CLARET ST
TIMNATH, CO 80547

 

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