Christmas in August: Leaders

Snowman on beach

Your church can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. We have included step-by-step instructions and a list of missionaries and their requested items.

For more complete suggestions for how to celebrate Christmas in August, see the Summer 2018 issue of Missions Leader.

  1. Pray and select the missionary who will receive your gifts.
  2. Make copies of the list of things the missionary wants. Give the list to everyone in the church.
  3. Bring new, unwrapped items to the church. (Don’t bring anything that is not on the list. Also don’t worry if you cannot provide everything on the list, because other churches are collecting items, too.)
  4. Pack the box or boxes.
  5. Include a card or envelope that already has your church’s address and a stamp. The missionary can use this to let you know that he or she received your gifts.
  6. Write the missionary’s address on the box. Put your church’s return address.
  7. Pray together for the missionary and the people he or she serves. Pray that the box(es) will arrive safely. Thank God for the opportunity to help the missionary in his or her work.
  8. Take the box(es) to your local post office or UPS office. Postage may cost a lot so look for the best way to send your gifts. Add the required postage.

2018 Christmas in August Missionaries

Alan Berthiaume
257 Harvard Street

Quincy, MA 02170

Items requested
• construction paper
• children’s scissors
• crayons
• non-toxic glue or glue sticks
• pencils
• Stop & Shop gift cards ($20)
• Walmart gift cards ($20)

We can use these resources with our children’s ministry, especially in light of VBS and our hope for ongoing children’s activities for our community.

Our outreach ministry tends to cross paths often with people in Quincy who have very basic needs. We partner with a local food pantry, but even that does not reach every individual. We would be very blessed if you could serve us by providing gift cards to the grocery store. These are extremely useful when witnessing and distributing tracts as we often meet those who have practical needs as well.

Thank you for your servant-hearted and gracious spirit towards our little church plant. We are so thankful to see how the Lord uses the body of Christ to meet each other’s needs.

 

Josh Carter
Remedy City Church
17049 NW Tristan St.

Portland, OR 97229

Items requested
• Barnes & Noble gift cards (any amount)
• Powell’s Bookstore gift cards (any amount)
• dry-erase markers
• hand sanitizer for classrooms
• reams of copy paper (colored)
• self-adhesive notes (Post-It notes)
• pens, pencils, crayons
• Starbucks gift cards ($5)
• bottled water

Remedy is a church plant in Portland, Oregon. We have found lots of favor in the schools. One of the dreams of the specific school we minister to: it has a great need for books. The gift cards will allow teachers to purchase books. We would LOVE to put together “love packets” for teachers when school starts at the end of August to bless the whole school. We pray for God’s kingdom to expand and the church to grow as we love on our city and build up the dreams of our neighbors in the name of Jesus.

 

CH (CPT) Joe Sherwin
264th Medical Battalion
2745 Harney Path, Suite 264 (Bldg. 2791)

JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

Hygiene kits including

  • men's 3-blade razors and shaving gel
  • men's deodorant
  • bar soap/body wash
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • cotton swabs
  • baby wipes (unscented)
  • hand sanitizer
  • nail clippers
  • small sewing kit

Chaplains Paul Roman and Joe Sherwin are part of a medical training unit that serves more than 2,000 students and cadre members. The average age of the soldiers is 17–24; all of these soldiers are away from home for the first time. They complete their medical training here and then go on to other units. The hygiene kits allow these young soldiers to save some money on basic necessities during the holidays.

 

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