“Godly,” “Fantastic,” “Phenomenal,” and “Amazing” are just a few of the words middle school students used to describe the Summer Retreat at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, IL, during the 10-12 June weekend. The MMDC is part of The United Methodist Church’s disaster response and emergency relief ministry devoted to providing supplies and aid across the United States and around the world. Thanks to your generous support, the students delivered 59 bicycles and 200 handmade education kit bags to the MMDC.
The various work projects assigned to the eleven students and five adults included: folding baby onesies, counting diapers, sorting flood bucket cleaning items, and preparing sewing machines to be serviced and sent to third world countries. Students also assisted a technician in the bike shop strip parts from scrap bikes to repair and complete other bikes destined for Springfield and distribution overseas. Additionally, the group unloaded a van and trailer full of 3500lbs of supplies donated to MMDC by those attending the United Methodist Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) Annual Conference in Peoria last week.
Troy UMC students thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at the MMDC. 7th grader Megan Darby said it well when she shared, “I gave my heart and work to help others” while on this trip.