Care packages

by Jim on 26 September 2006

in Missionary Blog Carnival, Special themes

Care package
Photo courtesy of Irish Typepad

It’s not just missionaries – most people travelling away from home love to get a care package.  You know, something that only Mom can make, or something you can’t buy in Mongolia.  Perhaps something for ministry, or the kids, or just something for fun.

I’ve seen missionaries writing about care packages.  Everything from Pop Tarts to balloons to children’s books.  There’s care packages sent because people are going through a particularly hard time – for example, when other shipments mysteriously fail to arrive.

Sending a missionary care package is an art form.  I’ve seen warning that duty may be charged on what you send.  The Brooks family has some great ideas for care packages for them, but also some warnings about what might not be a good idea.  I remember when the Knightly family posted a similar explanation.

What I would like to do is include a page here for visitors with ideas for missionary care packages. Obviously, some things are country-specific, but anything could give people a general idea what’s appreciated.

There was a day when used tea bags and torn hand-me-downs were sent to missionaries.  Today with so many things available globally, the needs of a traveller are much more specific (not that torn tea bags and soggy hand-me-downs were ever all that generous an idea.  Er…yeah).

So if you’re one of our bloggers travelling overseas, here’s what I’d like you to do. Write a post with the phrase “care package” in the title.  Write about what you’d love to get in a care package, but explain why (so I know what is country-specific).  You could also talk about packaging, ways to ship, what not to send, etc if that’s an issue.  Think big, small, unusual and creative.  Think ministry-related, personal enjoyment or family encouragement.  Then mention this post (so that your readers know you’re not just having a greed-attack).

Then check back here in a few weeks, and I’ll try to post the best ideas so that our visitors know how to help you.

Care packages are now a strategic way to encourage and be a part of ministry around the world.  Let’s see what our bloggers have to say about them…

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dennis March 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Great idea! I’ll be posting something soon (or later).

2 Johnny Brooks March 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Would be great to if we could cordinate some kind of courier system. For example someone visiting Kenya on vacation could fill one of their luggages with stuff for a missionary in the country. This would save us (missionaries) money in taxes and pain in working through the postal system. Also would be a great way to bring something like a laptop.

3 Michelle March 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm

OK, I am posting it now. Good idea. I can’t wait to see what some other ideas were.

4 kathy lutes March 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Thank you so much for posting this information! Our small group is trying to put together a care package for our missionaries in Papua! I think it will be a lot better for the suggestions herein!

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