My cousins son, Josh, has been preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for years. The time as finally come and he will be leaving shortly to spend two years teaching the gospel to the people of Brazil. Traditionally, the soon to be missionary speaks in their local ward and many of the missionary's family and friend usually come to hear them speak. Then they gather after the meetings to wish them well.
I thought of a few ideas of things I could for this day and I ultimately came up with a couple of fun projects that I was able to share with everyone that came. Missionaries don't call home or spend a lot of time emailing or chatting with friends and family while they are gone. In fact, they have one preparation day each week in which they do laundry, go to the store and if they are in an area with internet they may be able to send an email to family. They love hearing from those from home even when they don't get to respond to all of them.
As I searched Pinterest for ideas I came acrossed A postcard with the addresses in the mission and stamps and an address card pins. I decided why not combine the two. I had Josh meet me for a little photo shoot a few weeks ago. I took those photos and had postcards with the mission address printed up at Costco. I also discovered that the US postal service has international forever stamps that are good for a 1 ounce letter. I ordered those and headed to the Dollar Tree. I love the dollar store, maybe too much but that is the subject of a different post. I found envelopes, lined stationary paper and pens. I put all of these things together along with a little note with a few other details.
Here are the contents of the packets I put together. Now there are no excuses for not writing to Josh while he is out.
Another idea I came up with was having embossed rubber bracelets made. Josh has worn different ones over the years. What a great way to remember our missionary while he is gone. I knew of this company based out of Logan Utah named Reminderband. They were able to do the work quickly at a reasonable price. On one side is his name and the other side says "Called to Serve Brazil". I choose green because that is one of the colors from the Brazilian flag.
The bracelets turned out great.
I set up a table just inside the front door with both of my little projects. I think both were well received. I hope that he gets lots of letters :)