idea of giving away a Christmas box for missionary ladies, I just thought it would be a fun little blessing for somebody else. I thought it might brighten someone's day or be just the thing to encourage somebody through some tough days.
I had no idea it would be such a blessing to me.
Since that post I've had several people contact me with questions about encouraging missionary ladies, some pastors' wives check out ideas for their own missionaries, a few missionaries mention that they want to do the same giveaway while in the States on furlough, and read two excellent articles here and here about what a missionary faces in culture shock and how gifts can be such a blessing.
I think I speak for all us missionary mamas when I say it's not really about the things, it's the fact that somebody far away took time and made the effort to show us that we are loved, thought of, and prayed for. That goes a long way in encouraging a discouraged soul.
Whether you are overseas or in the good ol' U.S.A., whether you are a missionary or not, as we head into this holiday season, all of us can do something to be a blessing to somebody.