MISSIONARIES ARE AWESOME

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15

I love missionaries. I love their heart for lost people. I love the fact that they are willing to give up so much to “go and make disciples.” Simply put … missionaries are my heroes! I try every Wednesday to have a special prayer for those doing foreign mission works.

Some missionary’s blogs I love to keep up with are:

A couple of weeks ago I challenged my Sunday morning young adult bible class to help send a care package to some missionaries. Our class took up a little over $100. So, a few days later I asked Brandon & Katie who are in Ukraine to give me a list of the little things they were missing that they couldn’t get there. Here’s the list they sent me.

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Brown Sugar
  • Unsweetened Chocolate baking squares
  • Walnuts or Pecans
  • All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Lipton Spiced Chai Tea Bags
  • Organic Rice Crispies and Cascadian Farm Granola (No luck on the organic rice crispies – are you guys sure these things really exist, or are they urban legends like Bigfoot and the Loch ness monster?).
  • Another jar of Peanut Butter for our friend Sasha (I hope Sasha likes creamy).
  • A Pilot Dr. Grips fine point pen or two (Sorry guys … no luck on these–only gel ink).
  • A treymorgan.net t-shirt (Thanks for the plug, but I just so happen to be all out of these right now 😉 (Seriously before someone asks, no, I do not have any treymorgan.net shirts. Although they would be really cool!)
  • Also, not on your list were a few things we thought we’d throw in for fun. We sent Brandon a little Axe body spray so he could smell goooood for Katie. For Katie we sent some breath freshening gum … I thought after looking at this picture one of you guys could use it.

As you can see from the picture below, we did the best we could on the package. One hundred dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to. As for the package, it went out today (Wednesday, September 26, 2007) headed to Mariupol, Ukraine. I’ll be curious to know how long it takes to get there. We’ll be watching Brandon & Katie’s website for a post on when it arrives.

What can you do for missionaries? Probably the best thing you can do is pray for them. If It’s easier for you to remember, set a specific day to pray for them, like every Wednesday (and make sure you tell them you’re praying for them). Other ways you can show them your support is by sending them an email or letter of encouragement, send them a care package with goodies or better yet, support one (or two) financially. Go above and beyond what your church supports by helping support one yourself. You’d be amazed how beneficial something as small as $10 per month can be to a missionary. I challenge you to try one of these things. Then they’ll know they’re really loved and appreciated.

If you’d like, leave a comment today about a missionary that you love or have been blessed by. Or leave a shout-out to missionaries in general. Let them know how you feel about them. And, IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY A MISSIONARY working in a foreign field, or have worked in FOREIGN MISSIONS in your lifetime, we’d love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment today of YOUR NAME and WHERE YOU’RE DOING or have DONE MISSIONS. We honor you, our heroes – missionaries!

(Brandon & Katie … here’s what’s coming. Don’t eat it all in one day :)

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Brandon and Katie says:

    Wow…you guys went all out on that package! Thanks a lot. I’m sure Sasha will love that jar of peanut butter (yes, creamy is his favorite).

    Organic Rice Crispies do exist, but the regular ones are just fine.

    Coming from two people who have been on support for quite a long time, finding people like you and your family is really a rare occasion. Thank you so much.

    If things go like I think they will, I’ll be sure to tape our package pickup and post it on our site…I think you’ll really enjoy it.

    Again, it should take about three weeks for that to get to us.

  2. Brandon says:

    And…in response to your post…

    Katie and I help support a dear friend, Alisha Osburn, an AIM Assistant in Lubbock, who is also going through the Bible school.

    After she spent a few weeks here in the summer, the preacher said, “That’s the kind of person who needs to be a missionary.”

    We think so too, Alisha!

  3. jel says:

    Awesome post!

    Missionaries are very cool!

  4. Philip Murphy says:

    Thanks for the shout-out Trey. Encouraging emails and letters are always appreciated. Also, it’s incredibly comforting to know someone is praying specifically for you.

    Although I can’t speak for the rest, in my opinion, the most difficult part about serving abroad is the separation from friends and family. Any contact with the “real” world is always an uplifting experience. This is much of the reason blogging is such a great tool.

  5. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brandon – Didn’t know Sasha was a boy … sorry. I’ll go back and fix it.

    Philip – To me it says a lot about a person who gives up all the things you did to go and do missions. And then strive to be a self-supporting missionary. Amazing. Today is Wednesday, we’ll be praying for you guys.

    By The Way – I did not intentionally leave out local missions. There are GREAT local missions all over the US. But I’m focusing on foreign missions and those who have left much and are far, far away.

  6. Anna says:

    Organic rice crispies DO exist – I’ve eaten them myself.

    Check out Rick Dugan in Cyprus http://honest2blog@wordpress.com

    My husband and I are investigating the possibility of overseas missions as soon as fall 2008! So exciting!!

  7. Anna says:

    I’m sorry – that should be honest2blog.wordpress.com

  8. Anonymous says:

    Trey, another great post – thank you!!! I am local missionary working with few Americans – it is AMAZING how they do it so far away from home. Missionaries are a blessing everywhere they go – it is a blessing to be the missionary and to work with missionaries. We appreciate any kind of support but prayers and appreciation are priceless. Kasia, Warsaw, Poland

  9. kim says:

    it is so funny that they asked for bakers chocolate. we actually have andre’s mother bring us bakers chocolate from portugal everytime she comes to visit.

    when i was in lisbon i would have asked you for dr.pepper, kool aid, twizzlers, skittles, dill pickles, and pumpkin puree in a can. most of those things i don’t even care for now, except the twizzlers and the pickles. i now know how to make pumpkin bread with real pumpkin, so the pumpkin in a can is not necessary.

    now that i am here and not in lisbon, my heart still is really concerned with the church. i miss my family there. if you were in lisbon i would ask for coffee, 2 bolos de berlin, bread, and cheese. I also really miss the history, some of the culture, the beautiful architecture, the beach, the language, sitting at a cafe having a bica enjoying the company & the scenery, and of course the malls.

    there is a little nostalgia from kim. to all of you out there doing mission work i admire you, am i teeny bit jealous of you, and encourage you to remember “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6 God bless you all.

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    BTW – Anyone got a guess on the cost of shipping to Ukraine?

    The highest was – ?
    The lowest was – ?

  11. DJG says:

    Great ideas…and thanks for the reminder.

    $55.00 – $76.00

  12. lisa says:

    I have some friends who are missionaries in Bolivia. I LOVE to read about their experiences on their blog: http://garybull.blogspot.com/index.html.

  13. Greg says:

    Trey, a very encouraging blog except for the disclosure that the treymorgan.net shirts do not exist.

  14. Christian says:

    Good Day :) God is Love, May you experience God’s Love this Day, may we really learn to Praise him in all things :) Lets Share God’s Love today :) You are Loved!

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