- Phone: (732) 349-5367
- Mailing Address: 1528 Church Rd. Toms River, NJ 08755
This project is a special Christmas outreach to Native American children through a program sponsored by the Spirit Lake Ministry Center in North Dakota (an approved United Methodist Volunteer in Mission destination).
We are so pleased to report that a total of 22 individual gift-filled Christmas packages have been sent to the Spirit Lake Ministry Center for this year’s Christmas 2018 distribution. The Christmas packages are filled with items we collected from our members and friends throughout the first part of this year: kid’s winter knit hats and gloves; toothpaste; toothbrushes; stuffed animals; small toys; and, games. Our St. Andrew YES (Youth Empowered for Service) Club members made colorful Christmas greeting cards for each of the children who will receive one of the Christmas packages – thank you to the YES Club for your help!
Pastor Mike Flowers and his wife, Libby, at the Spirit Lake Ministry Center in Sheyenne, ND, expressed their thanks for the Christmas packages. These gift-filled Christmas packages will be distributed this Christmas to Native American children in need who live on reservations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Here is part of their thank you note: “We truly appreciate the blessing you send each year and I wish you could see the faces of the children who received these wonderful gifts. Please thank your congregation for helping spread the love of Jesus Christ with the children of the reservation.”
Thank you to all of our St. Andrew members and friends who donated items for the packages, or gave of your time and service for this project! Any questions or comments about the Spirit Lake Ministry Christmas Project may be directed to Missions Coordinator, Lucy DeBarge, through the St. Andrew church office.