It is so encouraging to know that there are many people in the United State who are praying for me and care about me. I know that every missionary enjoys to hear from the people who helped send them to their final destination. There are four specific ways that I have felt encouragement from those back in the states. The most simple was is the e-mail and phone communication that I have received from supporters in the United States. I really enjoy reading all of the e-mails that I get in response to the prayer letters and updates that I send out on a monthly and quarterly basis. If you want to receive the monthly prayer letters and quarterly updates please sign up here.
The second way that I feel encouraged is by the communication that I have gotten from my sending church. I have gotten messages from different leaders who are my friends. One of the other major ways that I have felt encouraged over the past couple of months is a Skype call that I have received from my sending church pastors. I remember talking with another missionary who had been on the field for over 11 years before getting contacted by their sending church.
The third way that I have been encouraged is from receiving gifts from different families in my sending church. These gifts have normally come in the form of different items placed into a white envelope. Each envelope contains different items which represent the individual or families who have filled it.
The fourth way that I have felt encouragement from the states is to have my sending church and many others lifting me up in prayer.