How to Bless a Missionary – Send them Christmas Gifts (Week #8)

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Now is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas presents for missionaries. I know it seems early, but it is not!  You might want to send a package or you might want to donate a special amount of money for them to use in buying Christmas things for their own family.

Sending a package to a missionary with Christmas presents in it is a great idea, but it requires a bit of forethought. Contact the missionary you would like to send something to and find out what they might need or like. Also, find out about how to send a package or what you may not be able to send. It may take weeks or months for them to receive it. For more information on sending a package to a missionary, read: how-to-bless-a-missionary-send-them-a-package-week-5/

Sending money as a Christmas gift is also a great idea. This may allow the missionary to buy Christmas presents for their family that they otherwise couldn’t afford. They might be able to purchase something they have been needing or wanting that wasn’t in the normal budget. Find out how to send them money – usually there is a way to make a payment online through their ministry website, but you may have to send in a check. (An added benefit for you – sending money is usually tax-deductible.)

To make an even bigger impact, join together with your Sunday School class, homeschool group, extended family or neighbors and participate together to give an even bigger gift. Your missionary may be able to purchase the washing machine, motorcycle, or car that they have been needing!

What have you sent to a missionary?

How to Bless a Missionary – Send Them A Package (Week #5)

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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  • Used clothing in outdated or poor condition.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!