October Mission Emphasis: “Blessing Bags”
For a number of years, Bainbridge First United Methodist Church has been involved through Lifeline Ministries with the “Blessing Bags.” Originally known as the “Shoebox Ministry” (not to be confused with the shoeboxes of Operation Christmas Child), these “Blessing Bags” are taken to the “Four Corners” region of our country, where they are distributed to children and youth on the Navajo Reservation through the Native American United Methodist churches.
The poverty experienced by those living on the reservation is well-documented. Families often have to do without some very basic items that we take for granted. When we look at the items requested, it’s hard to believe that these children need or want things that are a part of our everyday lives!
Here is our “wish list”:
Your business or a business you know of might have these items:
Advertising on these items does not matter at all!
There are some items that we cannot accept: scissors, small knives, manicure sets, toy guns, or anything that can be perceived as a weapon.
Our donations are packed in gallon zip-lock bags. It’s amazing what, with a little ingenuity, can be packed into a zip-lock bag. We will accept donations of gallon and snack-size zip-lock bags.
There are cards on the Mission Focus bulletin board in the J. O. Smith Building for other specific items and quantities that are needed. Feel free to pick a card and buy those items. Cash donations to purchase any of the items are also welcomed. We will purchase the items still needed.
All items/donations should be turned in by October 14. Donation boxes are located at the bulletin board in the J. O. Smith Building and at the Church Office.
These “Blessing Bags” are not stored in a warehouse until next year. The children and youth will receive these bags this year.
The contents of these “Blessing Bags” may not seem to be more than trifles to us, but even these things that are small to us become a great blessing to the children and youth who receive these bags. Help to touch a child’s or young person’s heart during the Christmas season—we’ve been blessed; now let’s be a blessing!
Your Missions Team