The Dakotas Conference is no longer collecting UMCOR mission kits.
Early in its existence, UMCOR engaged in shipping material resources to people in need around the world. However, over the years, we have come to recognize that shipping these items may cause harm if the materials displace potential local purchases that would otherwise support the local economy. To this end, UMCOR determined that it would cease international shipment of material assistance.
Even within the United States, the collection and distribution of relief kits are becoming challenging. The logistics are costly with the rise of e-commerce coupled with rising fuel costs, carriers are reporting higher vehicle-maintenance expenses.
If a local congregation would like to continue collecting kits consider working directly with Midwest Mission, a United Methodist partner ministry, with locations in Jefferson City, Iowa and Pawnee, Illinois. Learn more about the ministry.
Al Roll, who serves as the Missional Impact Development Coach for the Dakotas Conference, encourages local congregations to look at supporting Dakotas Conference mission efforts like Bakken Oil Rush Ministry in Watford City, North Dakota, Solar Oven Partners, Spirit Lake Ministry Center, and Tree of Life.
“We have generous hearts and want to make the most impact that we can,” said Roll.