BUMP Shoeboxes – A ministry between nations.


Ministry with native people is challenging in a time when we understand the harm European Americans caused during colonization. For many years we thought it was simply offering all the trappings of our culture to try and be more inclusive of native people. Slowly the process of listening to the damage caused by this attitude is sinking in and it is becoming clear that forcing our culture onto Native peoples has done significant damage. How then do we go about this ministry? There is no simple answer. The first thing we can do is to be in relationship with those who have been marginalized and listen to what the problems are. Then we need to work towards the solutions presented by the native culture.

This year HUMM (St. Paul’s and Covenant) will be teaming up with Clancy UMC to create and collect Shoe Box gifts for children at the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish during the holiday season. By sharing in the Shoebox ministry with BUMP (Blackfeet United Methodist Parish) we are listening and maintaining a relationship with the Blackfeet. This ministry is an example of BUMP listening for needs, and asking us to assist. Financial situations at the Reservation have11903899_747909435318877_4757819219401662950_n not resolved, so poverty continues to be the predominant condition. For some the boxes are the only gifts the children receive.

How to be a part of the shoebox gifting:

If you would like to help make a Shoe Box Gifts read below:

3 Different Ways to Complete the Gifting

1. Donate the contents and a shoebox and then join us for a wrapping party at 12:30 PM on Nov. 29 at Covenant UMC. This is a multi-generational and family friendly mission project. Come for lunch and help pack shoeboxes.

2. Wrap the bottom and top of a shoebox in Christmas paper – separately. Fill the box with gifts for a child of the age range you choose. Label the top with the age and gender of child you have chosen, tie with a ribbon to be sure top and bottom don’t separate and deliver it to the church office by Wednesday, Nov. 25. Please deliver M-F between 9 AM-1 PM.

3. Find a series of supplies from the list below list and donate them for our shoebox wrapping party by dropping them by the St. Paul’s office by Nov. 25.

Ideas to determine what to purchase to donate for the packing party, or to create your own shoe box gift:

1. Pick a Gender and Age Group ( Infants 0-2; Preschool 3-5; Age 6-10; Age 11-13; Age 12-17)

2. Shop for age appropriate ingredients to help us. Here are some ideas:

• Infants: onesies, toys, teethers, infant toothbrush, baby shampoo, lo on.
• Pre-school: crayons, small color books, washable markers, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, lotion, toy.
• Age 6-10: comb or pic, lotion, shampoo, crayons, markers, small notebooks, small color books, puzzles.
• Age 11-13: Caps, hair do-dads, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, small notebooks, puzzles.
•Age 12-17: For Boys: winter gloves, gum, candy cane, pencil. For girls: make up, hair stuff, lotion, shampoo, shower gel, markers, small notebooks, gel pens, colored pencils, craft items.

*All boxes should have toothbrushes, toothpaste, hats, mittens or gloves, combs or brushes.