How to Bless a Missionary – Give Them a Special Gift (Week #20)

My family was blessed several times by someone giving us a gift during our time in the United States. Sometimes this involved giving money, but many times it was an item that was very useful to us.

One such instance was a family that gave us a military-grade water filter. They knew that we needed to purchase several large 10-gallon “garrafones” of water every week in order to have drinking and cooking water that was safe. They saw a need and decided to purchase this for us. It was extremely helpful, and saved us lots of money over the years.

Another example was a Sunday School class that heard that we did not have money to purchase a clothes dryer. This meant that I grew up helping hang clothes and taking them off of the clothes line. It also became tricky to get clothes dry during rainy season because you had to wash clothes early and get them hung. They needed to be dry by midafternoon because it rained almost daily. This class took up a collection of money and gave us money to purchase a clothes dryer upon returning to Mexico. This was my senior year of high school.

I encourage you to find out some needs from a missionary with whom you have contact. You may be able to give them a gift while they are back in the States raising support, or you may be able to send them a gift of money to purchase the item in the country where they live. Find out the best way to accomplish this. There may be limits on what they can carry or take back, and there may be rules about what can go through customs. Also, they may have to pay extra to get something through customs.

Here are some gift ideas to get you started thinking:

  • A new laptop
  • A water filtration system
  • A washing machine or clothes dryer
  • An appointment for family photos
  • A kindle
  • An ipad
  • A cordless phone or cell phone
  • A car (for them or their child staying for college)
  • A gift card
  • A massage
  • A hair appointment
  • Boxes of diapers
  • A carseat
  • A stroller
  • A homeschool curriculum
  • A musical instrument
  • A bicycle
  • A tool (saw, drill, etc.)
  • A sewing machine
  • An instant pot or slow cooker
  • A blender or food processor

Types of Missionaries – Engineer

Did you know that engineers can be missionaries, too? There are all kinds of engineers in existence today, and many of them can use their skills in different types of mission work. Some engineers are full-time missionaries, but some do not live overseas and work as a full-time missionary.  Some volunteer to go on a two-week or four-week trip each year, but have a “normal” job for the rest of the year.  Some do not travel at all; they design solutions to problems from their own home.

What can engineers do, you ask?

Mechanical engineers can:

  • Design airplane parts
  • Fix generators
  • Repair a refrigerator or air-conditioner
  • Design an air-conditioning system in a new building
  • Design a system for water and waste management
  • Design or work on robotics

Electrical engineers can:

  • Design household appliances
  • Design how to wire or light a new building
  • Fix a telecommunications system
  • Work on satellite communications
  • Repair navigation systems

Computer engineers can:

  • Make sure that computer hardware components work with the latest software
  • Work with software developers
  • Design new computer hardware
  • Update existing computer equipment

Chemical engineers can:

  • Create new foods, drugs, cleaners, beverages from chemicals

Aeronautical engineers can:

  • Design airplane parts

Civil engineers can:

  • Design buildings, roads, and bridges
  • Play a large role in rebuilding projects

Agricultural engineers can:

  • Assist with ground preparation and irrigation in farming
  • Design and repair farm machinery
  • Develop new harvesting techniques

 

If you want to know an organization that engineers can partner with follow this link:   https://emiworld.org/   Spend some time reading about their activities.

Want a fun activity to do with your kids? (Some of these ideas contain affiliate links, so if you purchase items by clicking the links below this website will receive a small percentage compensation.)

  • Let them use marshmallows and straight pretzels to design their own “building”.
  • Buy an electronic circuit kit for your school-age kids to play with B01LXTSOWQ
  • Read a great kid’s book about engineering.

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