How to Bless a Missionary – Care for Their Elderly or Ill Family Member (Week #9)

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Overseas workers, just like us, have family members that get sick or need extra care from time to time. The difference is that they are not always able to be present to care for them. Many missionaries struggle with being far away from a family member when they are sick. Some have elderly parents that are not acutely ill, but need some extra help with certain activities. Some missionaries are forced to return from their ministry if someone is not available to care for their family member.

So, an out-of-the-box way that you can be a blessing to a missionary is to offer to care for their family member. Examples of family members that may need extra care include:

  • Elderly parents
  • Sick parents, siblings, or children
  • Missionary kids that have returned for school in the United States or are at boarding school

Ways that you can be helpful might include such things as:

  • Taking them to doctor appointments
  • Sitting with them in the hospital
  • Driving them to church, Bible studies or book clubs
  • Making meals to take to them or inviting them over for a meal
  • Going grocery shopping for them
  • Cleaning their house
  • Mowing their lawn or doing yard work
  • Respite care (sitting with an ill person while the primary caretaker gets a break)
  • Giving a care package

A great way to be an encouragement to the missionary is to send them an email or call them on the phone to give them an update about their family member. They will feel relieved and grateful to know that their loved one is being checked on and looked out for.


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Jennifer Brannon

Jennifer Brannon is a former missionary kid who lived in Puebla, Mexico, from age 11 to age 19. She now lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. She wrote "Missionary Kid Stories" to educate and inspire children to dream about becoming missionaries. She wants children to learn about all different kinds of missionaries and mission work. In this way, they will grow to understand that God can use all kinds of people and talents to tell others about Himself.

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