“It is so hurtful . . . I take the time to write an update and I get zero response. Did it go out? Was there a technical problem? Was it poorly written? Why didn’t anyone respond? I added pictures and took so much time detailing what we are doing and I don’t even get a thank you. From anyone!” – posted by any missionary around the world
I hear this all the time – usually with tears attached. Individual supporters and churches demand communication and accountability from their missionaries but seldom respond to the communication that has been required.
“How hard is it to simply respond ‘thank you’ or ‘got it – praying for you'”
You don’t need to respond with your own journal. A simple “hello” note would be appreciated.
I encourage you to respond with a kind hello the next time you receive an email or update letter – It will be a cup of cool water!
Matthew 10:41-42 (NIV)
41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”