Serving Locally & Beyond
Watch our ladies Serving the Lord from Home and using some of the ideas suggested below.
Emergency Care Kits/Cards of Appreciation
Crochet this shawl or square pattern and turn it in to a lap blanket or afghan. Pray as you crochet to add extra love to the gift for the recipient.
How to use Bottles of Blessings Labels
These bottles once packed can be handed out to homeless people as a blessing or donated to a local shelter or food bank.
Mask Mate Ear savers can be knit or crocheted and sit a the back of the head with buttons for your mask ear straps to attach to so that you can wear your mask for longer periods comfortably. Covid may be over but many people still wear masks for comfort when out in public or during cold and flu season. Pattern is easy to follow and quick to make so make one or make several, and use them for a mission project with your society.
“I’m bored!” These words can be heard from children almost anywhere. When they are heard in a hospital patient room or emergency waiting room, there is little a parent can do. Pre-assembled activity bags handed out by hospital staff can be a blessing to parents. Could this be a project for your society?
A Thoughtful Gift For Shut-ins
Our Saviour LWMLC, Ottawa, put together small photo albums with favourite Bible verses, quotations and pictures/photos and delivered them, along with individual items (e.g. face towels) over Christmas to homebound members of the congregation.
“Due to specific health conditions of some members, instead of sweet treats, we agreed on personal gifts of God’s Word and photos, kept in the album with extra pages to be filled by each homebound member. These albums are very much cherished.” – Tatiana Sabol.
Have you heard of Knit Quick knitting looms—reminiscent of spool knitting but much larger?They come in sets of four sizes available at Michaels, Walmart, perhaps other places as well. If you can’t knit but you could spool knit once upon a time, this is a great project. You can make a hat in just two or three hours and it uses up lots of smaller balls of yarn. If they are lighter weight you can use two strands—often different colours—to make hats from preemie size to adult. This would be a great group activity for all ages, and the hats can be donated within your community as a mission service to the less fortunate.
How many times have you seen school children walking to school without mittens or toques? Elementary schools are grateful for donations of winter items that they can hand out to children over the winter months. Some of you may knit but for those of you who sew, please have a look at the patterns below. You can do your part to help Warm Up The Winter.
Medical Missions Report
Medical Missions is a continuation of our Lord’s healing ministry. Almost 70 years ago Connie Klassen from New Hamburg, ON start this ministry in her basement. In 1957, the Ontario Dt. LWML counselor suggested that all District societies should be involve. Our members would gather to roll bandages, fold gauze 4×4” and prepare baby layettes, and gather medical supplies.
The parcels are sent to missionaries, and native pastors, Bible translators, clinics and hospitals. Our list of recipients is around 30 people in 10 different countries.
When Isabelle Booker was Medical Mission Chairman, the collecting depot was in Fisherville, ON. This is where the ladies met to pack and mail the parcels. Today, Grace Lutheran, Kitchener is where we store the items and meet for packing. The depot chairmen have to prepare the shipping forms and supply the boxes, tape, etc. and pay the postage from their account.
The Kitchener Depot is coordinated by Lois Purcell and Jill Brown.
Myrtle Demerling is managing the northern depot in St. John’s Lutheran, in Clifford.
The Medical Missions Chairman is an appointed position and reports are given to the Ontario District and placed in League Tidings. Ardith Pollex is serving as Chairmen of Medical Mission Ontario District. Ardith Pollex email address is email@example.com
Financial donations are made out to — Medical Missions and sent to
Ardith Pollex, 15 St. Joseph St. St. Thomas, ON N5R1S8
In the year 2010 we shipped over 89 parcels. Each parcel weighed about 30 lbs. In 2020 shipping parcels has come almost come to a halt. The Kitchener Depot said that their store rooms are full of layettes and wound dressings. We hope to resume shipping soon.
We have contacts in the LCC mission fields of Nicaragua, Thailand, and Ukraine. In the Ukraine we have two Lutheran pastors who we help with warm clothing, medical supplies etc.
Jill Brown and Lois Purcell contacted LAMP headquarters and sent 6 parcels by SkyCare, Waterloo Airport to Sioux Lookout. We also have offer layettes to the BC Mission Boat. They requested a Medical kit. LBTC missionaries in Cameroon and Sierra Leone are on our list. Most recently, we have sent medicines an supplies to Venezuela and Cuba.
Communicating with the recipients is much easier and quicker today. Shipping parcels halfway around the world can take 3-6 months. We have had some of our recipients come to address our conventions to share how medical supplies help them show love and share Jesus.
Some of the items that we often include in our parcels—–
Polysporin antibiotic ointment Q-tips
Vitamins for adults, children ACE elastic bandages
Analgesics (Tylenol, Advil, Acetaminophen) Disposable gloves
Antihistamines-Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride- Benadryl Toothbrushes
Band aids Wrapped Wound Dressings
Vaseline Scissors, tweezers
Zinc Oxide Wrapped small size Soap
Voltaren- Arthritic ointment
2 cotton Knit undershirts
2 cotton broadcloth or light weight flannelette nighties
4 cotton diapers 26” to 27” squares
1 flannelette baby jacket or lightweight knitted or crocheted sweater
2 large diaper or safety pins
1 Christian tract or picture with Bible verse
As of October 2021, our Grace Lutheran, Kitchener storeroom is full of layettes, gauze 4×4”
Occasionally we’ve had requests for “pneumonia vests”. A clinic in Papua New Guinea wanted washable feminine sanitary pads. Quilts, warm clothing, and medical supplies are sent to Ukraine.
Donations can be made to “Medical Missions”. The financial gifts are needed to pack and pay for postage. We are in a transitional stage, where it is more expedient to provide financial gifts to our missionaries to purchase medicine in their country for specific needs of their congregations.