Two weeks ago, we were sitting writing to the missionaries--something we do every two weeks--when our own ward's missionaries came by. They're great guys! While we were sitting talking, we mentioned what we were doing and started laughing about some of #6's letters. One of our elders, the one who's been out longer, commented that he would love to receive letters like that and that he rarely hears from his family. We were so sad to hear him say that. He's a great missionary. He works so hard.
I was fortunate to receive letters each week on my mission. Neither of my parents ever missed a week. I can't imagine what it must be like to go for two years without a letter of support from home.
When we started writing missionaries on a regular basis a number of years ago, we had just enough missionaries out from our own ward for each member of our family to write one. As time went on, they started returning home, and we started running short on missionaries to write to, so we have gone different routes to find new missionaries.
Yesterday, we chose a random mission to contact to find out if they had some missionaries that weren't receiving much mail. A sister from the mission contacted me this morning via phone. She asked for my email address and said she'd send me some names. I told her I needed two. She sent me six.
After sending the email, the sister called me again. She said, "I know you asked for two, but we had six. We just hope you know someone else who might want to write. The holidays are coming up and it's such an important time for the missionaries to feel love and support."
She is searching for individuals or families who would be interested in writing to a missionary twice a month. We have tips and tricks that make it SUPER easy. We are happy to share those ideas with anyone who would like to take on a missionary. We figure right now we have four Elders that need letters, but we have it in the works to get more. If you're interested in committing to write to a missionary or two or three on a regular basis, let me know. We'll set you up.