If you’re a Christian and you love the thought of missions, you probably know missionaries and want to encourage them. But life is busy and they are so far away. The urgent tasks of today seem to trump the meaningful things you want to do. Maybe another day. Then comes the guilt: I should really be doing more to support the missionaries I know.
I think I’ve got a practical solution for you: Take a minute after reading this post and pray for the missionary who comes to your mind. Then jot down or type out a quick note to say that you care and you just prayed for them. Don’t just pray; tell them you did it. If you’re like me, you want to take the time to do something well if you’re going to take the time to do it at all. While that’s a good principle, sometimes good enough is good enough. Trust me, the missionaries you know are somewhere between overwhelmed and about-to-be-overwhelmed. They would love a quick note, even if it seems like nothing to you.
Honestly, lots of us promise prayers to people, but have a hard time following through with consistency. Missionaries aren’t super-Christians and they know that struggle as well as you do. If you let them know that you really did, actually, pray for them today it will be meaningful and special to them. A note of two or three sentences is enough.
[Another simple way to be a blessing: send and extra $10 or $15 to their account with a memo that you just wanted to give a little gift for their family. Suggest a coffee date with their spouse or new, fun media for the family to enjoy next time they have an internet connection.]