The 40th Annual Mission Ingathering will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Reverend Eric Schubert, Greenfield UMC Pastor, spoke at the December task force meeting about what Ingathering says versus what it does. As a result, there is now a new vision: To show God's love in a practical way so people can meet Jesus Christ; a new mission: Mission Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists to address humanitarian problems locally and around the world, including hunger, poverty, and disaster; and a new purpose: To show the love of Christ to the world's people by ministering to their needs. To align with the new statements, the name was changed from Thanksgiving Ingathering to Mission Ingathering. The 2019 book will include these changes.
Due to the many changes at the UMCOR Sager Brown warehouse, Chantel Corrie, the director of Midwest Mission Distribution Center, was invited to the meeting to discuss having kits sent there for processing. Following discussion, a decision was made to send the items brought to Ingathering to Midwest Mission which opened for ministry in 2000. The Board of Directors is made up of two delegates from each conference of the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and up to three delegates from neighboring conferences.
Midwest Mission collects, makes, assembles, and restores supplies for humanitarian and disaster relief. The work is done by volunteers who come from all over the U.S. to serve. The 30,000 square-foot facility is located on a 10-acre campus 4 miles south of Springfield, Illinois. It is the second largest of the cooperating depots in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network, and partners with Food for the Poor, Franciscan Mission Warehouse, Christians in Mission, and U.S. South Command donating supplies to humanitarian aid missions.
Click here to download the 2019 Ingathering book. | Click here to go to Midwest Mission kits and patterns.