We’re back from the Dominican Republic!  (Now I’m fighting a nasty flu back home.  Please pray for me.)  For all that went on the trip, it’s safe to say, that it has had an impact on our Christian life in a unique way.  Well, I came across this old post on the Desiring God blog and thought they had some great ways to bless missionaries.  I’ve included the whole text for you below.

       Pray specific Scripture for them and their ministry, and then email it to them.

       Call or email their parents—Christmas might be just as lonely for the ones at home as the ones away.

       Purchase phone minutes for an international calling card through an online service like OneSuite and email them the account number.

       Donate frequent flier miles to them.

       Purchase an iTunes gift card for them. Have it sent to you and email them the account number.

       Commit to pray for them on a specific day of the week for a year.

       Write a song or poem or story for them. Email them the text and a recording of you reading or singing it.

       Get friends and family together to create a holiday video greeting for them using Google Video or YouTube. Include lots of people you know they miss.

       Make a year-end gift through their missions board or agency.

       Western Union—the fastest way to send money.

       Call their local florist (not everyone is in the jungle these days) and have flowers delivered, or their local Pizza Hut and have pizza delivered—with corn and shrimp as toppings!

       Donate to a charity that means a lot to them.

       Make a monthly commitment to support them financially.

If you have your own ideas, respond to this post and let us know what they are. Maybe next year we can offer 50 suggestions, or 100.

(Remember to use discernment in written or video communication if your missionaries work in security-sensitive locations.)