30 November 2007

Missionary Care - Idea #1

When a missionary gets to the field usually their email inbox is stuffed and within 2 months the packages start flowing in daily... after 6 months hearing "you've got mail" is a faint occurrence and the packages slow down or drop off altogether...

BUT THIS IS A MONTH OF POSITIVE IDEAS!!!
(although I can't reduce myself to putting happy faces at the end of sentences)

IDEA #1

Send a family update to your missionary... they send you a monthly update and pictures... consider sending them an update 1-2 times a year with pictures of your family...

Seriously, I'm good at names... after working with jr. highers for 7 years I realized that if I met a student more than twice I needed to know their name... or that kid won't feel like they belong... but when we returned to the US after only being gone for 14 months I was struggling with everyones name... I'd be so excited to see someone but then freeze when it came to their name...

Not only were names an issue but after 2 minutes of everyone asking me questions... "Is Africa hot?" "Do you click your tongue to speak?" "Do you only wear a loin clothe?"... we had nothing else to talk about... because I had no clue what was going on with them... and most just said "oh, our lives are boring compared to Africa!"... seriously, I long to hear about my buddies who are remodeling their homes, guys losing thousands of dollars in the housing market, band recitals, youth soccer, and the new Khol's being built in your town...

A few suggestions... shrink the photo... overseas internet is slower than 1996 AOL dial-up... but a picture smaller than 400 KB should come just about anyones email account... my aunt sent a Thanksgiving photo this week and the first thing I did was show it to Noah and Kadin so they could see all their cousins and aunts and uncles... we even have a photo album for Noah with pictures of friends and family from the US so we don't forget the people we love... send us an updated photo!

Finally, here is the $2 idea of the day... send your missionaries a Christmas Card... or if they live in a closed country a Happy Eid card... we love mail... and we love Christmas cards... Christmas just feels strange considering it is one of the hottest months of the year and we aren't with family... sending a Christmas Card will make any missionaries day... even if it arrives in March...

Start now... our address is...

ATHERSTONE
Box 71683
Kampala, Uganda
EAST AFRICA

What's that? ... your single, a college student or you don't have 2 dollars... send an e-Christmas Card... put on a red sweater and take a picture with your digital camera and email it through this blog... on the side bar just click on "Jeff" or "Christine" and then hit "email"...

Even if we've never met you send your Christmas Card... because we have no clue whose reading this blog... but if you've interest in reading about us we are interested in knowing you!

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