14 December 2007

Missionary Care - IDEA #5

This idea isn’t earth shattering news… like encouraging someone to “paint the barn”… but since everyone asks…here it is…

Many times a small group or bible study “adopts” a missionary family… and they want to send a package…

Here’s a few ideas:

1. Find out birthdays, their “in-country anniversary” or just aim for a major holiday…
2. Air mail to Africa usually takes 2-3 times the length of time the post office tells you… so no matter what they say just nod your head and realize the people on the receiving end aren’t working at the speed of light… so stay away from baked goods…
3. Find out their interests or what they can’t get in country…

OR if you want to surprise them and not ask what they want here’s a few ideas…

Send a DVD, TV series, book or CD that have come out since they moved to the field… Blockbuster doesn’t exist... downloading from I-tunes is a futile pursuit… and last time I checked Barnes and Noble doesn’t target illiterate countries… so the missionary community over here just raids each other’s closets… last week we had over 100 DVDs loaned out to friends around the country… we’re about to start issuing check-out cards to our friends… even if you send a duplicate they can always trade with their friends…

Send non-perishable food: Gatorade (for those who are frequently sick), muffin mix, Starbucks, Fritos and bean dip or anything else you think they can’t find in the country…

Kids Clothes: Khols and Target don’t exist and kids raised on bananas and milk grow like bamboo trees… just look at a recent photo from their newsletter and guess big… if your package arrives late the oversized clothes will be right on time… the worst thing that could happen is you guess wrong and some orphan ends up wearing new clothes… which isn’t a bad thing!

Something impractical: You know that one thing that wasn’t one your shopping list but you just had to buy… justify it by picking up 2 and sending the second one to someone overseas… impulse shopping is a very difficult habit to keep up on when every shop in the country carries the exact same things… feed the habit and send something fun and random!

Finally most missionaries won’t ever put something on their wish list that’s over $12 for fear of looking greedy and losing supporters… so go wild and find something for 13 bucks that will knock their socks off…

Go on give it a try!

1 comment:

Teenietinyt said...

I like these ideas!!!