Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Care Packages


Care Package
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Years ago, our church gave partial monthly support to a missionary, who was serving in Korea. 

About that time there was made available to the American public, “Care Packages” with assorted food items that could be donated, and sent overseas. 

The packages were made up of selected military surplus food from our country to those in other lands.  After World War II many were starving in Europe and this was a cooperative effort to meet a need.

You could choose the address for the box to be sent, so our church women’s ministry group had a good idea.

To me the $10 donation seemed to be an excellent price for food and shipping, plus it would bless our missionary.  Thinking along these lines, I ordered a gift parcel, and paid the amount required and placed her address on the order. 

Next I wrote an airmail-letter to our missionary to alert her to expect the gift. 

At that time a quick way to communicate over-seas was by e-letter.  It was a blue one piece of paper that included postage, and when your letter was written, you folded it, sealed and mailed it.

Several weeks later, we received a thank you from our missionary and an explanation. 

Apparently for personal reasons, she felt guilty in accepting the food package for herself.  Perhaps she felt unworthy, and thought the food should go to someone who was more in need than herself.

She told us of a Korean Pastor with a large family who were suffering lack, and she had been able to bless this family with the parcel.

Perhaps this was God’s way to supply a need for the native pastor’s family, and we did not question her motive, although at first we did not understand. 

After giving it much thought we realized this was the best way to go. 
 
Also it allowed our missionary the opportunity to share with another minister, which she might not have done except for our care package. 

God works in mysterious ways.

 
This post is linked with Jennifer Dukes Lee at: Tell His Story
Do dash over to Jennifer's site and read her tornado story.
 
Also Sharing with Rosilind in Croatia, at Wednesday R & R

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5 comments:

  1. God does work in mysterious ways... We seldom know what God is directing, but we go with it. That's honoring. Great story! Man, you've lived so much, sister...

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  2. Dear Hazel
    Oh, the need in this world is so great! May we all take it seriously and share with those in need! But not only is there a great physical need, but also emotional and spiritual. A hug for someone in pain is just as much needed as food for the body.
    Blessings to you
    Mia

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  3. Oh Hazel, I love how the gift was "paid forward" to someone who really needed it. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Hazel, I love how your gift was "paid forward" to someone in need. Thank you for sharing this story! ~ Jennifer

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  5. What a beautiful story. The generosity of two beautiful sisters to provide for a family in need. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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