2006-02-05

Curried Missionary - Part 6

I'm not sure if this booklet is being of any use to anyone so if you've gained a bit of inspiration from it could you let me know? This is part 6 of 'Curried Missionary, How to spice up your missionaries' life'.

Pic: Michael (hubby) involved in street drama in Belgium with OM (Operation Mobilisation).

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Part 3
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"Postage - What to Send Part 2

Sermon Tapes/CDs/DVDs – Often a missionary can’t get hold of these and they are in need of Spiritual encouragement too. In some places a missionary is isolated and learning a new language so hearing an outside voice with an encouraging message is wonderful. Remember to ask if your missionary is in need of these as there are those who prefer not to use them.

Newspaper articles – A missionary who receives news from home will find it easier when they return to their home country. Perhaps you could cut out a collection of local, national and world news and post it to your missionary. When we had people send this to us it was very exciting and we used to read the back and the front of the article, especially the adverts. Don’t forget to send the cartoons page, not just for the kids!

Cassettes/videos/DVDs with recorded messages – Often phoning your missionary is expensive and what better alternative than taping yourself saying hello!

Church bulletins/newsletters/prayer lists – Find out if anyone is sending your missionary the bulletins from your church.

Magazine subscriptions – What interests does your missionary or members of your missionary’s family have? You could organise a maga-zine subscription for them for a year.

A note about (movie) Videos/DVDs – When sending video’s/DVDs consider what you are sending and ask yourself whether the contents are offensive in any way, useful and interesting. Many missionaries do not have television program access due to isolation but they do have a TV and video/DVD or access to one. At nighttime, when things are quiet it’s wonderful to be able to watch a video/DVD. If you send a movie, expect that it will then be passed around the missionary community until most people have borrowed it! What a useful thing to send.

There are other types of videos/DVDs that are very useful. There are many schools on the mission field that have limited resources. If there is a science program on TV, record it. What about recording and sending the news? Remember, it is always good to leave in some adverts, as your missionary will watch each and every one of them. It’s amazing what you miss from home when you are so far away. You may need to check if the customs of the country you are sending to use x-ray equipment that may effect the video. You will have to label the package clearly to avoid damage."

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7 Comments:

Blogger txlass said...

Well if I was going to be a missionary I would want all the help I could get. Keep up the great work!!! I volunteer for a group called Operation Care Dallas and when I first began voluteering I wish I would have had some guidlines to go by. Keep it coming!!p.s. Thank you for your prayers.

5:25 am  
Blogger Amanda said...

No worries, glad you find it helpful.

8:49 am  
Blogger audrey` said...

You're a very thoughtful person to share all these important tips with us.
Thank you, Amanda :)

1:14 pm  
Blogger Kitty Cheng said...

I certainly have gained inspiration from your sharing. It's really helpful for me to encourage my missionary friends.

7:50 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thank you audrey and kitty, I'm glad you've gained something from this.

8:17 pm  
Blogger Bruce M. Axtens said...

It's also worth adding that in many countries a missionary's mail gets opened and examined. We were missionaries in a country just to the left of India. We had to be careful what people wrote to us, let alone whatever else they sent.

So, make sure that you take into consideration the cultural and religious sentiments of the postal and customs staff, lest you accidently drop a "Danish Delight" on your missionary's doorstep.

8:41 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks Bruce, thats exactly the kind of input I need!

5:03 pm  

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