On Mission at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center

Mission Distribution Truck for Disaster Response

Karen and Duane Chase are on a Mission Trip at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, Illinois. The MMDC is an arm of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the main mission organization of the United Methodist Church.

After the first of this season’s hurricanes hit Houston, the folks at Seward and Moose Pass United Methodist Churches responded with financial gifts and with in-kind donations of “hygiene kits” — packs of basic hygiene items to be shipped to areas affected by natural disasters. Forty of these kits were mailed off to the UMCOR center Louisiana to help with the immediate response to the Houston hurricane. Forty more were taken by Karen and Duane Chase to the MMDC where they were already going as part of a mission trip with others from around the country.

Seward and Moose Pass hygiene kits joined in with hundreds of others that were making their way to Puerto Rico to help in the recovery after the season’s third major hurricane. Before shipping off the kits, those engaged in this mission prayed for the journey and prayed for all of those who would receive the kits.

The Chases have been staying across the street from the MMDC. While there they have also assembled cleaning buckets (to assist with cleanup after flooding) and items requested by Puerto Ricans through the organization “Food for the Hungry.” Karen says it’s been a blessing to see the Body of Christ working together like this.

The Chase’s will be happy to share their story when they return to Alaska. For now, here are some pictures they’ve sent to tell the story for them.


Seward and Moose Pass UMC hygiene kits join with others


Duane assembling hygiene kits


Prayer circle before sending the shipment


Praying for the shipment.


All loaded up and ready to go to Puerto Rico


A newspaper article describing a shipment similar to the one that Seward and Moose Pass UMC helped with.


Cleaning buckets ready to go

Seward UMC -- PO Box 5, Seward, Alaska 99664 -- sewardumc@gmail.com