CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST: ADULTS

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


Frederico Castro
Church Planter
Redemption Church Long Branch @CrossPointNJ
Long Branch, New Jersey
(857) 540-0025
Castrofrederico87@gmail.com

We have been serving the Lord as church planters in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Our vision is to reach second-generation Brazilians and other cultures in the Long Branch area through the gospel of Christ.

God called us to love and serve the Brazilian community in the United States. We didn’t realize how big the community was until we started working with it in the Brazilian church in Boston. After almost 3 years of working there, God opened an opportunity and we moved to New Jersey to plant a new church in Long Branch.

We are connecting with the community, attending to its needs through Bible-based English as a second language (ESL); music programs; events like Latino Fest; workshops with immigration lawyers, nurses, and counselors; and connecting with local business owners, which is key.

We’ve been in Long Branch for 6 months and launched 3 Bible-based ESL classes in the area, 1 Bible study in a barbershop with a majority of Hispanics, and 1 Bible home group at our house with ESL students.

We are very excited to see how God is changing our community through the love of Christ!

Here is a list of things that would help us:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Whiteboard
  • Binders
  • Visa gift cards


Mailing Address
FREDERICO CASTRO
911 ARMSTRONG BLVD. #3B
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ 07712

 

Taylor Field
Pastor/Send Relief missionary
Graffiti Church and Community Ministries
New York, New York
GraffitiChurch.org

Graffiti began with serving children in the drug-controlled culture of New York City’s Alphabet City neighborhood in the early 1970s. Graffiti continues to provide a safe haven for kids, youth, and adults and to be “A Church That Serves.” For us, that begins with sharing Christ’s love in tangible ways through numerous programs and ministries, including a kids’ after-school program, summer program, annual school supply sale, clothing closet, shower ministry, weekly community meal, Free Lunch In the Park, computer and English as a second language classes, and other special/seasonal events.

But we believe serving doesn’t stop there. We pray for big changes, not simply big numbers. Changing 1 block can change a neighborhood, changing a neighborhood can change a city, changing a city can change a country, changing a country can impact the whole world.

Thank you for partnering with us through prayer and providing tangible wish list items that will help us continue sharing Christ’s love in New York City and beyond.

  • School supplies for our kids’ annual school supply ministry:
    • Crayons, preferably Crayola
    • Composition notebooks
    • Pencils
    • Washable markers
    • Colored pencils
    • Paper folders with pockets and/or brads
    • Highlighters
  • Assortment of plastic disposable rectangular tablecloths (like for parties) for kids’ and adult ministries for special events/fellowship meals
  • Gift cards to Amazon, Staples, and Oriental Trading Company to purchase additional office and school supplies, decorations and craft supplies, etc., for kids’ and other ministries as needed since storage space is limited in New York City
  • $5 McDonald’s gift cards and $5 Subway gift cards to be used for gifts, quick meal assistance, and prizes for youth and adult ministry programs
  • Small toiletry items (toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc.) for clothing closet and shower ministry
  • White tube socks for adults for clothing closet and adult ministry
  • Bath towels and washcloths for shower ministry

Mailing Address
GRAFFITI CHURCH
ATTN: CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST/TAYLOR FIELD
205 E. 7TH ST.
NEW YORK, NY 10009

 

Roland Caldwell
Pastor/Church Planter
The House
Detroit, Michigan
(313) 433-5677
TheHouseDetroit.com

We are a church plant on the east side of Detroit, Michigan. We gather in Pershing High School twice a week with a desire to connect most of our missions and community ministry with their needs. We’ve been serving our community for 2 years with many different events, but it started with our Back to School Rally, which is always the most attended event. In September, before schools open, we pass out school supplies, cleaning supplies, and food to the community. We grill, inflate bounce houses, play games, and much more totally free for the people we love to serve. Our mission is to “help people build up” through faith, family, and future. 

  • Book bags
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Calculators
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Crayons 
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant

Mailing Address
ROLAND CALDWELL
18875 RYAN RD.
DETROIT, MI 48234

 

Morgan Proudfoot
Pastor/Church Planter
Grace Harbor Church
New Bedford, Massachusetts
(814) 282-7777
morgan@graceharborchurch.net
GraceHarborChurch.net

We are a church plant in the inner city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Being an inner-city church, we get the opportunity to not only see people come to faith in Christ but also be part of God rebuilding people’s lives from the ground up. Often the keystone for doing this is dignity. Dignity leads to value, and value leads to confidence—all the character traits that are absent among poor working-class people in urban America.

The best way that we have found to help people regain their God-given dignity is by giving men and women the opportunity to work. We have seen God use work—specifically good meaningful work—to lead to a flourishing life both in Christ and in this world.

One way that we have built this opportunity for many of the men of our city is teaching them to take responsibility for the “forgotten spaces” on their block by joining what we call a Love and Good Works Crew. These spaces include intersections with overgrown weeds, neighbors’ yards, and the like. The gifts that would be most beneficial to our ministry to these men would be tools that would help them build dignity in their lives:

  • Professional weed trimmer, preferably STIHL FS 111 RX
  • Professional backpack blower, preferably STIHL BR 450
  • Tilt truck
  • Lawn mower
  • Trash picker/grabber (10 of these)
  • Loppers
  • Visa gift card

We have all the other tools that we need. The tools on this list will provide the necessary items for us to have another team of men out working, loving our city, and growing in reclaiming their dignity.

Mailing Address
MORGAN PROUDFOOT
54 CAMPBELL ST.
NEW BEDFORD, MA 02740

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