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Caring for missionaries on location

What can you do?

1. Keep in touch

  • Write a letter or e–mail them

You can encourage your link missionary by telling them about what’s been happening in your family, church, neighbourhood.
When e–mailing check before sending attachments or long messages. In some countries e–mails are monitored. Find out if there are topics that you should avoid mentioning for security reasons.

  • Keep them in the loop

Send the parish bulletin occasionally and tell them about what’s going on at church.

  • Send an audio or video resource

If you prefer talking to writing, send or email an audio or video resource or a DVD of you or people at church.

Helen Hoskins checking her mail box
Helen Hoskins checking her mail box

2. Pray

As well as praying for them on your own you can bring your missionary’s prayer needs before your church. Aim for brief but regular updates.

  • Include prayer for your link missionary in services.
  • Distribute their prayer points and newsletters to members of your church and small groups. Don’t forget to help your church kids to pray! Contact your branch to receive a copy of the CMS Kids Prayer Diary.
  • Collect e–mail addresses so that CMS can e–mail your link missionaries’ prayer points directly to people.
  • Start a mission prayer group.
  • Encourage people to take part in CMS prayer events.
  • Use up-to-date prayer points that are added to the CMS website each week. You can subscribe to prayer points and newsletters online.
  • Let missionaries know about your prayers— Returned missionaries Russell and Kay Clark said “the best thing was to hear that we were being prayed for”.

3. Treat them
You can help missionaries to feel cared for by sending birthday cards, videos, magazines, books, or things for their children. Paul and Sandra look forward to a yearly Postpak of goodies from a link church, and many missionaries enjoy receiving parcels in their locations.

Shops are a bit different overseas!
Shops are a bit different overseas!

Check first to see what they would like. If you send parcels check that they won’t have to pay heavy customs duties. Mark your parcel ‘printed matter only’ (if that is what it is), ‘NCV’ (no commercial value) or ‘gift’. Tell them that you are sending the parcel and what is in it.

4. Send resources to help with their work
Previous missionaries have shared:

  • “It’s most encouraging when link churches send books, ideas and give creative suggestions for reaching activities and presentations for students and children.”
  • "craft things, balls and pencils, as well as puppets to explain Bible stories are so helpful in my ministry!"

5. Visit them!
A well–planned visit from supporters can be a great encouragement to missionaries.

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