Do more than exchange presents this Christmas! Help a missionary reach others with the true message of Christmas – the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Here are ways you can meaningfully and intentionally give to your missionaries this Christmas season!
Don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!
You can win a $75 SHOPPING SPREE to a missionary family’s Lilla Rose store!
It’s hard not to be selfish during the holidays. We think about presents and traditions and decorations and family gatherings, and even though we read Advent stories and try hard to focus on Jesus, it’s easy to fall short and wonder if we did “enough.”
There are lots of ways to edge the selfishness out of the Christmas season, but one long-lasting way is to focus on the people who are working day in and day out spreading the Gospel far beyond December.
How to Help Missionaries During the Holidays
Send a care package
Much like being a deployed soldier, being a missionary during the holidays can be terribly lonely. They are away from family and friends, there are cultural and language barriers that make all the old familiar traditions surrounding Christmas nonexistent, and they may find themselves battling end-of-the-year fatigue.
Missionaries give and give all year long, so bolster them with encouragement and an outpouring of love in the form of a care package! This post has a fantastic list of ideas and things to think about when sending a care package.
Include them in your Christmas Card list (and throw in an Amazon Gift Card!)
A missionary friend recently told me that in the 3 years they have been on the mission field, she can count on one hand the number of personal letters they have received. She said she often feels “forgotten.” Simply adding them to your Christmas Card list and sharing your life with them and letting them know you are praying for them is wonderful, BUT you could take it up a notch and send a gift card for online retailers (like Amazon) if they are able to purchase things that way. Many missionaries have US addresses where they can pick items up a couple of times a year.
Purchase products from missionaries
You may be surprised to know that many missionaries have side jobs and online businesses to help them financially stay on the mission field. Some missionaries sell digital products on their blogs, others have online storefronts for physical products like my friend Misty, who sells Lilla Rose hair accessories to supplement her family’s needs on the mission field.
(WIN A $75 LILLA ROSE SHOPPING SPREE BELOW!)
A couple of ways you can help Misty’s family (who are also a large, homeschooling family!):
1 – Order Christmas gifts from her site – Sweet Hairlooms
BONUS: The first 10 people (new customers only) to register on her site and spend $50 will receive a FREE ITEM of their choice – up to $17. (Reward will not come with your order and is only redeemed by emailing Misty directly after placing your order. The free item can be stacked with the Monthly Special – shown below!)
2 – Join her team as a Lilla Rose Consultant yourself!
Misty informed me that October is a great time to join because the Enrollment Kit is only $99 this month! By joining her team, every sale you make not only helps your family, but hers as well!
Watch the Lilla Rose business opportunity video –> HERE!
Meet a specific need
Don’t be afraid to ask a missionary family what they need, or even just something they may “want.” Be specific, and designate your money to that need. When you say exactly what you would like your money to go for, it helps missionaries know how to best allocate those funds.
And remember, they are often reluctant to do much of anything for themselves because they do not want to misuse the gifts and funds they receive. Consider sending money designated for a “date night” or “family outing” – something they may be hesitant to mention, but can definitely be a very real need.
Go shopping for them
Get a list of sizes and needs for the family, and head to the thrift store to see what you can find. Missionaries either have to buy new or do without – they don’t mind nice thrift store clothes or even clothing you no longer need!
Also, get a list of food items they do not have access to and send those items in a box of food (a friend of mine said she missed chocolate chips the most while living in India!). Do consider if your missionary will need to pay duty on the other end – you would hate for your gift to cost them!
Encourage them with handwritten notes
In this day and age, it is much easier to type out an email and send it off, but the care that goes into handwritten notes, prayers, pictures drawn by your children, and little tokens of your care and kindness are so encouraging to missionaries! (For instance, bookmarks and stickers are easy to send in an card.)
This may seem like a given, but how many times do you actually pray for missionaries? Get their card and put it up on your refrigerator. Set your phone to remind you to pray. Tell your kids what you are doing and have them hold you accountable and pray along with you. Add learning about your missionary and praying for them to your homeschool day. Missionaries need our prayers more than anything, because prayer changes lives!
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Before you begin: Misty’s video below will help you choose what sizes you need to order.
(plus, you’ll get an entry just for watching it!)