Christmas in August

Christmas in August is a way your small group can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. The North American Mission Board and national WMU partner in choosing the missionaries who then provide a list of items they wish to receive. Missions groups gather the requested items and send them to the missionaries. 

The missionaries expressed gratitude for your support when they sent their requests. They are excited about receiving these items!

 

How did it begin?
Started in 1927 by a group in Charlottesville, Virginia, Christmas in August has grown to be a national ministry each year. Read more of the history...

 

How can my group participate?
Pray, choose a missionary (or a few), gather your supplies, mail your packages, and pray for how your items will be used. 

  • Pray. Begin with a time of prayer for your Christmas in August missionary.
  • 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 or boxes. 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. 

 

Learn more about the missionaries on this year's list and their requested items:

 

Packaging and Mailing

  1. Note any particular packaging needs any missionary might mention.
  2. 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!)
  3. If you send the package by United Parcel Service (UPS), use the physical street address. UPS will not deliver to a post office box.
  4. 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.

 

 

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