Thursday, July 23, 2009

Asante

10 Practical Ways to Care for Missionaries

1) E-mail regularly (news, pictures, church updates).
2) Personal Letters (thank-you, encouragement).
3) Telephone calls (hearing a familiar voice means so much this far away).
4) Prayer.
5) Forwarding on mail of church newsletters, cards, etc.
6) Remembering Birthdays and Anniversaries.
7) Forwarding Magazines and initiating subscriptions.
8) Sending Care Packages.
9) Adding comments to our blog and following our story.
10) Visiting us in Kenya.
 (Adapted from Africa Inland Mission brochure on caring for missionaries).
I write this not as instructional but as a thank-you to our family, friends, and churches that support us each day.   You are so graciously providing all these measures of support to our family perhaps without even knowing how important your acts have been.   1) We daily receive e-mail messages from family and friends.  So many some times we apologize when we are slow to respond. 2) Cards from family and friends are well appreciated. 3) Cellular phones are common in Kenya and we love receiving news about marriages and new cousins.  4)  There are many praying for our ministry here in Kenya, and many praying that we don't even know about.  Thank-you.  God is present when we pray.  5) We regularly receive news and encouragment from our 3 supporting churches Westminster Presbyterian, First Reformed Church, & First Baptist Church.  6) Amelia's 6th Birthday is in two days and she awaits many cards and packages already arrived.  She is excited! 7) I enjoy news and have appreciated the Newsweek magazines and Christianity Today that have found their way to Kenya.  8)  The girls ask daily if we checked the mail box for packages!  Thank-you for the time in effort in packing books, pop-tarts, toys for the girls, dvd's, etc.  9)  Comments from the blog serve as a connection to you.  Sara and I are uplifted by the variety of people many who we may not even know are following our ministry in Kenya.  10) Thanks family for the visits.  We look forward to even more time together in Kenya in the future!
          We would like to say as a family Asante (thank-you)!

5 comments:

jennifer said...

i was checking your prayer requests...did Amelia find her blankie?? i sure hope so!!

The Friess Family said...

Meredith's blankee was never found...it was likely lost in an open soccer field. There were many kids waiting for their school bus. One likely picked it...
Grammie will be sending a new blanket and it should arrive any day. Meredith still talks about the day she"lost blankee on bike ride."

The Friess Family said...

Meredith's blankee was never found...it was likely lost in an open soccer field. There were many kids waiting for their school bus. One likely picked it...
Grammie will be sending a new blanket and it should arrive any day. Meredith still talks about the day she"lost blankee on bike ride."

Laffing Dawg said...

I love the list. Even more, I love each of you for serving when there are so many other choices you could have made.

It is a privilege to support and encourage you,
Kathy
Bend, OR

Megan said...

What great ideas and reminders for us "sender" back home. All of us are glad to be a part of your journey.