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June 6, 2007

How to Send Care Packages

Filed under: Blogging,Missionary Essentials — Joe @ 2:39 pm

Jim over at Missionary Blogs has decided to get the ball rolling (again) on a page devoted to missionary care packages – kind of like a resource for people who are looking to send a care package to a missionary they know and/or support. So here are my two cents, Jim!

After 4+ years of wanting, receiving, and not receiving care packages from the States, here is what I recommend to you senders:

  • Do not send a million things in one box. Yes, we absolutely love to receive a million things! But it’s better to ship your million things in a few different boxes. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak, because “baskets” don’t arrive at their overseas destinations as reliably as in the States.
  • Ask the missionary before sending your care package. This is important for a few different reasons. First, there are some things for which the missionary may end up having to pay a duty or other tax. Second, if the missionary is in a sensitive location, they may prefer certain things to be delivered to a different address (to be hand-carried in). And finally, you may be sending the missionary something which they can already get in country. We were once sent toothpaste and a large box of tissues – both of which are in abundance where we were. Try to find out from the missionary what items they really can’t get where they are. Trust me, most will not be shy about telling someone what they really want if they are asked!
  • Send light things as much as possible. We have received several care packages in which the postage was more than the probable value of the contents! Then we just felt guilty and didn’t enjoy the contents quite as much.
  • Hold on loosely. The item you send may never get there. Try not to be too bitter about it.


  1. Very sage advice. I sent a care package over to my niece in Korea – she never got it. Thankfully the contents weren’t particularly expensive, just fun stuff, but I’m still disappointed and wonder where it did turn up.

    Comment by LJ — June 11, 2007 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  2. I Just Wants To Learn Much More About Your Vision Worldwie Happy To Learn About You And Your Church /church Vision

    Comment by Peter Ekaru — November 12, 2015 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

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