Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thanks from Mission Central

Mission Central is a United Methodist staging warehouse for literally hundreds of local and global ministries of all kinds. A recent update from Jean Norris, one of their volunteers:

I was privileged to be able to work at Mission Central last week amidst the preparations for reaching out to Haiti following the earthquake. Within the week after the earthquake, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) asked Mission Central to send the Health Kits we had ready - 20,026 were sent with a pallet of toothpaste, and a pallet of school kits. Now with the generous outpouring of so many , we are re-stocking and waiting for the next UMCOR call to ship supplies that are needed.

I have been immensely impressed this past week with our connectional system. What a blessing to be working together across the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Let me tell you just about Friday, Feb. 5th. As we faced a major winter storm in the forecast, these supplies, among others came in to Mission Central:
- 2 Mission Central HUBs delivered kits
- a BIG truck from the West Virginia Conference of the UM Church was unloaded with more than 8,000 kits from across their conference with equal money to purchase toothpaste and transport the kits
- another truck arrived from New Jersey with many kits
- a mother along with her 2 small children brought in some kits they had put together
-3 1/2 pallets of medical supplies arrived from New York
....and these are just the things I was aware of that day knowing that a lot more arrived that I did not know about.

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