Yesterday, Dawn and I were the recipients of a special blessing. To set up the story though, let me give you a little background information. A few weeks ago, we were contacted by a women’s missions group from a church in Morristown, TN. They had been praying about serving missionaries who are from Tennessee by sending them a “care package.” They sent us an email message asking for a list of items which might be a blessing to us. We corresponded with them a couple of times after that and they placed a package in the mail headed here to Brno. Sending international mail is not always a simple thing as you can imagine. There are rules and regulations and Customs agents and… well, you can guess that there would be room for human error with all of the hands the mail passes through from there to here.
Well, the package came to us without a hitch. It was actually delivered right to our door and a simple signature then put it in my hands. Amazing! Thank you for reading this and indulging me a little with my comments. For some of you this may seem kind of mundane. “What’s the big deal?” …you might say. Well, let me tell you that it is a big deal to missionaries on the field to receive mail and packages from home. It seems that in many cases, churches and support groups back home have exchanged the “old fashioned” way of doing things for the modern technological way. Please do NOT get me wrong here… facebook and email are very nice! Through facebook, I still seem connected to my home folks in many ways. However, a image or bit of text on a computer monitor doesn’t take the place of actually receiving something that you can touch, feel, taste! Amen!
Ok, ok… don’t get all flustered… I am not taking a “pot shot” at anyone or any group. I am just reminding you that if you have a special person or couple who is serving over seas, remember them occasionally with a card or letter of encouragement. Care packages are nice too! When you do, you will be blessing them in ways that you can not imagine unless you have been in the same situation in life. Look at the photo to the right of this text. This is hanging on our refrigerator right now. Seeing such a simple message that reminds you of the prayers of friends back home, young and old, is priceless. To my new friends at Holts Baptist Church in Morristown, TN… God bless you! Thank you so much for your generosity and concern for a couple that you have never even met. I am sure that God takes notice of such things… amen.