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flags-globe-541425Here are 15 post-office-free ideas to get you started, most of which you could do right now from your desk, written by an anonymous 30-year-old missionary:

  1. Pray specific Scripture for them and their ministry, and then email it to them.
  2. Call or email their parents—Christmas might be just as lonely for the ones at home as the ones away.
  3. Purchase credits on Skype so they can stay in touch with family and friends.
  4. Donate frequent flier miles to them.
  5. Ask them if you can host an evening of prayer of them and the local people who work with them.
  6. Purchase an iTunes gift card for them. You can send these through email or if you buy a physical card simply email them the code on the back.
  7. Commit to pray for them on a specific day of the week for a year.
  8. Write a song or poem or story for them. Email them the text and a recording of you reading or singing it.
  9. Get friends and family together to create a holiday video greeting for them on YouTube or Vimeo. Include lots of people you know they miss. (If people are working in sensitive locations you may want to make this a “private video.”)
  10. Make a year-end gift through their missions board or agency.
  11. Paypal—the fastest and easiest way to send money.
  12. Call their local florist (not everyone is in the jungle these days) and have flowers delivered, or their local Pizza Hut and have pizza delivered—with corn and shrimp as toppings!
  13. Send them a gift card for a Bible Study platform like OliveTree or Logos.
  14. Donate to a charity that means a lot to them.
  15. Make a monthly commitment to support them financially.

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5 thoughts on “15 Ways to Bless Your Missionaries This Christmas without Paying Postage”

  1. Wayne Roberts says:

    My small group uses facetime to video conference with missionary friends in France. It usually works pretty well, with little to no lag.

  2. #16… share this post wildly

    -from another 30something m-sny in China

  3. Catherine in rural Chad says:

    and pray for those of us who are so much in the bush that we don’t have strong enough internet for most of these things. No 7 is awesome. Go do it and then e-mail them to let them know you are praying for them. What an encouragement. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. Darius says:

    All great ideas. I especially like #2. Holidays can be tough for extended family – especially grandparents who have their little grandbabies on the other side of the world!

    If you know the missionary is a reader, gift cards and specific books can be gifted for a Kindle. Even if they don’t have a Kindle, they can read it on almost any device or computer these days. Ebooks require very little data, and so can work for those of us with painfully slow internet. (And we don’t have to lug those bulky books all over the world!)

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