by Becky Brand, Ingathering Coordinator.

Thanksgiving Ingathering – what is it?

I like to think of the Ingathering as an Iowa Celebration of Giving. United Methodists from across the state provide small relief kits that will be given to people in the United States and around the world who suffer from poverty, war and natural disasters. While these kits don’t look like much by our standards, they make a huge impact on the lives of the recipients. The supplies that we buy for a kit with our own hands and resources will help someone who is suffering in a way most of us cannot begin to imagine. The Ingathering also supports six very important mission projects with cash donations. It is amazing to see what Iowa United Methodists can do when they pool their efforts!

When we share from our abundance we are acting justly and reflecting our desire to serve God.

Collegiate/Wesley and Ingathering 2013

MISSION STORE RETURNS OCTOBER 27. Our Sunday School children have been provided with banks so that they can save cash to purchase kit items for the Ingathering. On Sunday October 27, each Sunday School class will visit the mission store in Wesley Hall where the children can shop for items to fill school kits, health kits and layette kits. ADULTS – WE NEED YOUR HELP TOO! The Ingathering isn’t just for kids! Please prayerfully consider how you might contribute to the Ingathering. Making these kits requires so little of us and does so much for the recipients! They will be distributed in the United States and around the world, where these very basic little kits make education possible, start careers, and even save lives. Look over the list of kits and pick one (or more!) to give. Let’s see how many kits CUMC/WF can send to the Ingathering this year!

UMCOR depot

Where will our kits go?

Our kits will go to two different missions: UMCOR Kits will be sent to UMCOR Depot in Baldwin, LA, where they will be prepared for shipment in the US and around the world. They must have kits ready to send at a moment’s notice to victims of poverty, war and natural disasters. CUMC/WF will send school kits, sewing kits, health kits and birthing kits. Baby sweaters/jackets and empty school bags are also needed.


IOWA-NIGERIA PARTNERSHIP (INP) Kits will be sent to Nigeria. For 24 years, the Iowa United Methodists have covenanted with the Nigeria United Methodist Church to share in the planning, promoting and funding of agreed upon programs and projects. The initial emphasis was to improve their education system. Today much of the effort focuses on improving health. CUMC/WF will send layette kits, book kits, dorm kits, knitting kits, and tailoring kits.

Important information on putting a kit together

Kits traveling to foreign countries must go through Customs. If they find one item that is not supposed to be in a kit, they can reject an entire sea container with over 12,000 kits! It is very important that everyone follow these guidelines:

  • Only pack items requested for each kit.
  • All items must be new and unwashed.
  • Do not pre-wash anything.
  • Do not include items that have political slogans, patriotic icons, emblems or religious symbols (like crosses or flags).
  • Do not put $$ for postage or toothpaste in the kits. Please label and put in the offering plate.

Supply lists for kits CUMC/WF

Please have kits at church no later than Oct. 20! Click the kit titles below to see a list of supplies and instructions for putting them together.


Birthing Kits (UMCOR) provide sanitary equipment for midwives to use when assisting with the delivery of babies born in the bush, in huts and alongside the road in many areas of the world.
  • 1 hotel-size bar of soap (1 oz. and up)
  • 1 square yard of clear 4-mil plastic sheeting
  • 1 clean single edge razor blade (wrapped in cardboard)
  • 2 flannelette receiving blankets, 30” x 30” or 32” x 32”
  • 1 pair of latex gloves
  • 3 pieces of cotton string, each 12” long.
Place all items in a gallon-size zip lock bag. (Value $8 + $2 postage)

Health Kits (UMCOR) help disaster victims reclaim their dignity and self-respect and are also used as teaching tools with children. When people can maintain personal hygiene, their overall health improves.
  • 1 new hand towel (15 x 25” up to 17 x 27”)
  • 1 new wash cloth
  • 1 bath size bar of soap in wrapper (at least 3 oz)
  • 1 new toothbrush in original sealed wrapper (no child sized)
  • 6 band aids (3/4” size wide)
  • 1 large, sturdy comb (not pocket size)
  • 1 nail file or fingernail clipper (no emery boards or toenail clippers
  • 1 new toothbrush in original sealed wrapper (no child sized)
  • $1.00 to cover the cost of toothpaste (do not buy toothpaste.)
Lay out towel & lay washcloth flat in c
enter. Place rest of items on top of washcloth. Fold sides of towel to cover items. Fold 1 end of towel so it covers all items. Grasp bundle of items and roll over rest of towel tightly. Place tightly rolled bundle in zip lock bag. (Value: $12 plus $2 shipping)

School Kits (UMCOR) In countries where children don’t have books, school supplies or classrooms, these kits may be their only educational resource.
  • 3 notebooks, (8 x 11”, wide ruled, 210-250 sheets total, spiral or bound)
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers
  • 1 2 ½” eraser
  • 1 blunt scissors (metal)
  • 1 30 cm. metric ruler
  • 1 hand pencil sharpener
  • 1 school bag made to UMCOR specifications
Place all items in school bag. (If you do not have a school bag, please place all items in a plastic bag and bring to the church no later than Oct. 20 so we can be sure we have a enough bags made for the supplies.) (Value: $11 plus $2 postage)

Sewing Kits (UMCOR) These kits are used in sewing classes. Cottage industries often grow out of these classes.
  • 3 yd. cotton or cotton-blend fabric (one piece)
  • 1 new spool matching thread (medium to large)
  • 1 package of hand sewing needles
  • 1 sewing scissors
  • 5 – 8 matching flat buttons (on card or fastened together)
Fold fabric. Lay other items on top. Seal in zip lock bag. (Value: $1 + $2 postage)

UMCOR needs Extra Home made School Bags. Directions and fabric can be found in mission closet across from the office. (Value: $3.00)

UMCOR also needs Baby Sweaters/Jackets, size small, to put in UMCOR layette kits. They can be purchased or homemade and must open in the front. (Value: $6.00)

Knitting Kit (INP) Nigerian women learn to knit at the Leadership Training Centers.  This skill allows them to provide clothing for their children as well as items to sell in the market.
  • 2  7-oz. skeins of yarn (acrylic worsted, solid color, same dye lot)
  • 1 pair 10” knitting needles, size 8
  • 1 crochet hook, size E
  • 2 yarn needles, size 16
  • 1 pair small scissors, size 4 or 5
Place needles in skein of yarn and place all supplies in appropriate size zip lock bag. (Value: $15 plus $2 postage)

DORM KITS (INP) are a combo health/school kits that are given to boarding students at the church-sponsored secondary school.
  • 1 new bath towel (24” to 27” by 44” to 52”)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 6-8” comb, wide tooth, or hair pick
  • 1 bath sized bar of soap in wrapper
  • 1 toothbrush in original sealed package
  • 2 spiral notebooks (10.5” x 8”, wide rule, 3 hole, approx 70-80 sheets)
  • 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers
  • 1 hand pencil sharpener
Wrap all items in the towel and secure with two heavy rubber bands. Place in appropriate sized ziplock bag. (Value $14 + $2 for shipping +$1 for toothpaste)

Layette Kits (INP) are highly prized by new mothers who deliver their babies at the UM church clinics.
  • 2 cloth diapers
  • 2 diaper pins
  • 1 receiving blanket
  • 1 undershirt or Onesie (small size)
  • 1 light weight gown or sleeper (small size)
  • 1 baby washcloth
Wrap all items in the blanket and secure with diaper pins. Place in ziplock bag. (Value: $20 plus $2 shipping)

Tailoring Kits (INP) allow Nigerian women to increase their sewing skills leading to more income and a better standard of living.
  • 1 package hand sewing needles
  • 1 package non-rusting straight pins
  • 1 tape measure with centimeters (5/8” x 60”)
  • 1 quality all purpose/sewing scissors (8”)
  • 1 card white buttons (at least 6, ½”, flat)
  • 1 spool white thread (200 – 300 yd)
  • 1 spool dark thread (200 – 300 yd)
Place all items in appropriate size zip lock bag. (Value: $14 plus $2 shipping)

Book Kits (INP) For secondary/high school and seminary students only. Suggested subjects: world biographies; science, including science fiction; biology, physical or life science; African life (peoples, culture, history & geography, animals); history (world, ancient, African); fiction and non-fiction; classic books by famous authors; and books by Nigerian authors, poets, historians. (check on Google website). For seminary students studying at Banyam Theological Seminary, purchase new books or basic religious resource/research books that deal with religious issues, theological classics like Barclays’ commentary, Bible study books, etc. Place in appropriate size zip lock bag or box. Label secondary or theological books. (Value: $35 for kits with 5 new books; $4 value for 5 gently used books + $2 shipping.)

UMCOR Depot, a 46,000 square foot warehouse located in Baldwin, LA., is the headquarters for UMCOR’s relief supply operations. With the help of over 2,000 volunteers, approximately $4-5 million in supplies are shipped from this location annually.

Heifer International gives individuals in need an animal that will provide food and an income and trains them to care for the animal. Each recipient promises to “give back” by passing an offspring of their animal on to a neighbor in need, which causes a positive ripple effect throughout the entire community. 

  • To make a donation make checks payable to CUMC/WF and write “Heifer” on memo line or envelope.
  • To learn more:

Self-Help International is dedicated to helping people in Nicaragua and Ghana. Two major projects are giving women loans to start small-scale businesses and training people to grow and process quality protein maize, a higher-protein corn variety that alleviates malnutrition in young children.

  • To make a donation make checks payable to CUMC/WF and write “Self-Help” on memo line or envelope.
  • To learn more:

Church World Service works to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice. Their areas of focus are hunger and malnutrition, emergencies, refugees and immigration, children, and water.

  • To make a donation make checks payable to CUMC/WF and write “CWS” on memo line or envelope.
  • For learn more:

P.E.T. (personal energy transportation) are sturdy, hand cranked mobility carts designed for rough terrain. They give people who have lost the use of their legs, from disease, birth defects, accidents and landmines, the gift of mobility and a chance to become accepted and  productive members of society.

  • To make a donation make checks payable to CUMC/WF and write “PET” on memo line or envelope.
  • To learn more:

INP Cash for A3  Artemisia annua anamed” is an herbal plant. Its leaves are used to make a tea that relieves the symptoms of malaria. A3 seed kits are distributed to Rural Health Clinics and Hospitals, agriculture programs and local UMCs in Nigeria.

  • To make a donation make checks payable to CUMC/WF and write “INP –A3”  on memo line or envelop
  • To learn more: There isn’t one central webpage, so search on the web for “Iowa-Nigeria project” and “Artemisia annua anamed” for multiple websites.

Cash for postage & toothpaste It is recommended that we send $2.00 per kit to help pay the shipping bills. Also $1.00 per health kit is needed to buy toothpaste. UMCOR purchases toothpaste closer to the shipping time to avoid problems with expiration dates.

  • To make a donation make checks payable to CUMC/WF and write “postage”  on memo line or envelope.

Iowa Ingathering Schedule

Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Asbury UMC, Webster City
8:00 – 10:30 AM – Rolls & coffee; Check-in kits, funds, & in-kind gifts
8:30 AM – Mission displays
10:00 AM – Worship service with Communion
11:00 AM – Quilt auction
12:00 PM – Lunch available


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