One of the most old-fashioned ways to bless a missionary is to send them a package. In order to do this well, it is probably best to first ask the missionary if it is ok for them to receive packages. They will be able to tell you any information that you might need to send the package in the best way possible. You will need to know:
- What can or cannot be sent to them
- How best to send it (Fed Ex, UPS, USPS, etc.)
- Any fees they may have to pay to get the package out of customs
- If it can contain anything regarding God, Jesus or Christianity
- What they may need or want.
There are a few things that are NOT good things to send. Do NOT send:
- Used clothing in outdated or poor condition. If you wouldn’t wear it, don’t send it.
- Baked goods (unless specifically requested). You do not know how long the package will be in transit, and the food may be stale or in crumbs by the time the missionary gets it.
- Old and outdated books and commentaries (unless the missionary knows about them and wants them). These are heavy and hard to ship. If the missionary has to pay to get things out of customs, they may have to pay more than they are worth.
- Outdated media. Those old VHS tapes and musical tapes that you don’t want…they don’t want them either. (And they may not have a way to even play them!)
The moral of the story is this: you can bless a missionary with a package, but check with them first!