A Very Important Letter

Source : http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=9212...

Kara chewed the end of her pencil as she tried to decide what to write next. "Whatcha doin'?" asked her brother Josh. "Is that your homework?"

Kara shook her head. "No, I'm writing a letter to Mr. Sanborn," she said. "You know . . . he's the missionary to South America who came and spoke at our church last fall."

"He probably doesn't even remember you," said Josh.

"I know," replied Kara, "but I thought he might like to get a letter since he doesn't have any family and works all alone in that village."

"Send him an email," suggested Josh. "That's much quicker."

Kara shrugged. "I guess so, but I've got this started now, so I'll do it this way."

Far away in South America, Mr. Sanborn sighed as he sat down at a table some days later. It was sweltering hot, and he was tired and discouraged. The work progressed so slowly. Sometimes I feel like I might just as well give up this missionary work and go back home, he thought. He looked at the mail in his hand. Who could this be from? he wondered as he looked at a long envelope addressed in a child's unfamiliar handwriting. He opened it and took out a single page.

"Dear Mr. Sanborn," he read, "I just wanted to tell you I've been thinking about you and praying for you. I liked it when you came to our church last fall. I hope you're having a good time." The missionary smiled as he continued reading. "I remember the things you told us about having faith in God. I will try to have more faith. Because of you, I think I would like to be a missionary some day. Thank you for the help you have been to me. Love, Kara."

Mr. Sanborn sat quietly for a few moments, and then he breathed a prayer of thanks for the encouragement of that simple letter. Maybe I need more faith, too, he thought. Perhaps this is God's way of letting me know He's using my ministry even when I begin to wonder. He's faithful, and I need to trust Him more.

He smiled as he looked out the window at the village children playing in the sand. Then he took out a piece of paper. He had to write a thank-you letter to a very important person.

How About You?
How could you encourage the missionaries you know? Even a child can pray for them. Missionaries often say that's the most important way you can help them. How about also letting them know you're thinking of them or have been blessed by their ministry? You can write a simple letter to a missionary--either by email or by regular mail. You may never know just how much it means to someone far away. Why not write a letter or send an email this week?

Today's Key Verse:
As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country. (Proverbs 25:25)

Today's Key Thought:
Write to missionaries