Every 90 seconds a woman somewhere in the world dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. 356,000 women die every year, most of the deaths occurring in the developing world. Annually 4 million infants die within a month of being born. When a mother dies, it dramatically increases the risk of death for her baby. Birthing kits provide the essential items to promote a safe, clean delivery and to encourage good after care. Using a birthing kit can double a woman’s chance of surviving the birth.
All are invited and all can participate in this life-giving ministry – youth groups, Sunday school classes, small groups, UMW Circles, UMM groups, and individuals. Please follow the instructions below and join us in the name of Christ, as through these small gifts, we share the love of Jesus and bring health and hope and joy into the spaces that would otherwise have only contained the tears of mourning and the sounds of death.
A collection point will be available where you can drop off your kits at Annual Conference 2013 in the Greenville Convention Center, 303 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, North Carolina on June 12-15, 2013. Once you are on the Convention Center campus, look for the signs.
Following Annual Conference in the early fall, we will continue to need your hands and hearts in ministry. We have set aside three other dates for sorting and shipping the birthing kits – September 21, 27, and 28th. Please hold these dates open on your calendar. We will soon have information on the location for the work of shipping and sorting.
Birthing Kit Instructions, Video, & Mary’s Advent are below: Read more »