One of the main ways to bless a missionary is to write to them. Writing an email doesn’t take much time or effort, but can be a huge morale boost to a missionary serving abroad. Many missionaries are lonely for friendships. They also experience loneliness for the families and friendships that they left behind. Hearing from someone from their country of origin might just be what they need! And you don’t have to be eloquent or to be a great writer to do this!
If you are a new person to them:
- Introduce yourself and fill them in on who you are, who your family is, what your job is, etc. They will enjoy getting to know you, even if only through an email.
- Let them know how you found out about them.
- Ask questions about their ministry or their family.
- Ask if they have specific prayer requests or needs.
- Find out when they will be in the United States next, and plan to meet them in person.
If you already know them:
- Just tell them what has been going on in your life.
- Remind them about your job, family, etc., in case they might not remember.
- Fill them in on important news from their home church or home city. They may have not heard that a certain person moved away or died.
- Tell them if local people have received awards.
- Let them know if you saw their family member doing something important or great. You can help them still feel connected to where they came from.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can still send a quick note. Just tell them you are thinking about them and praying for them. Let them know you appreciated their last newsletter or mention something that they wrote about. They will appreciate knowing that someone actually read their letter, and this will encourage them a great deal! So, get out there and write!