Have you gone there?

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A co-worker of mine wore this shirt the the day and I just had to take a picture of it. I have found three U.S. cities named Duluth and to the best of my knowledge I have not been to any of them. While the shirt itself is part of a gag from a movie from the 80’s something about the statement caught my eye, today I understand why.
I saw on Facebook a missionary post about supporting missionaries. Not necessarily with dollars, though they do need that, but with words. She spoke about some of the feedback her and her husband receive or lack thereof from their prayer letters. She even said how they only about 37% read the letters and less than 1% respond. While I have tried to read as many letters as possible from our church’s missionaries but have never even considered writing back to them. I never thought about it, guess I just assumed they would be too busy to read them or wouldn’t care about what some stranger would have to say to them.
This is where the saying on that shirt comes in to play. For those who support missions your dollars are helping these people reach the lost with the gospel, through them we are fulfilling our responsibility to go into all the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15). Over there though these people need more than just money to do the Lord’s work. They need encouragement, prayers, a piece of “home”, to know someone back here stills cares for them. Sending those who are out on the missions field a letter could be the difference in someone’s life, maybe their eternity. We all like to hear from people occasionally. Perhaps we too can go to Duluth (or where ever the field is) by more than just our money, 99 cent cards don’t cost that much. Add in a stamp and a couple minutes of your time and who knows what can come of it.

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