Missionary cupboard

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  1. abcgrad94

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    We have a missionary cupboard at church that only gets used a few times a year, and I've noticed that some of the items have never been touched, so they must not be items our missionaries need. I'd like to replace these items with things that would be more useful. The items not moving are bath towels, plastic storage dishes, and decorative items like small pictures, baskets and candles.

    So far the things that get used most are:
    batteries
    shampoo
    socks
    construction paper
    note cards
    stamps
    dish towels
    ziplock baggies

    We have other personal hygiene items and office supply items. Is there anything else that would be particularly useful for missionaries? Especially for the men?
     
  2. John of Japan

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    How about computer supplies: thumb drives, blank disks and the like.:type:
     
  3. Spinach

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    -Things to keep the kids busy while traveling
    -Towels
    -Bed sheets (fitted)
    -Gift cards
    -Books
    -Diapers

    {these are items from a woman's perspective. I can't speak for all men, but my husband would feel uncomfortable being taken to the missionary closet---perhaps because in our home church it was a project that the ladies took on and a lady always invited the missionary wife to take a look and see what they needed.}
     
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    tools and tool sets are always good. How about jumper cables or battery chargers ;)
     
  5. abcgrad94

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    Spinach, many times only the husbands come to speak, without their wives coming with them. In that case my husband will take them to the cupboard.

    Great ideas, please keep them coming. Also, many of our missionaries are elderly.
     
  6. annsni

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    I'm not sure what the purpose of the missionary cupboard is so I can't help with what is in it. Could you fill me in?
     
  7. Scarlett O.

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    I, too, have never heard of a missionary cupboard. What is it?
     
  8. abcgrad94

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    Annsni, it's like a mini store of necessities offered to our missionaries to help provide for their practical needs. Whenever one of our missionaries comes "home" and visits our church, we let them take whatever they need/want from the cupboard. Some churches have missions closets full of household items, clothing, and food but our church is tiny so we have a cupboard. Throughout the year we bring in items for the cupboard to keep it stocked. We do not have food or clothing in ours (except for socks) due to space and expiration dates for food, but we do have office supplies and other items.

    The cupboard is to show them we love them and to provide for needs without them making a trip and spending money at the store. One of our missionary ladies uses the cupboard items for her Christmas gifts to their family members that they otherwise could not afford to give. Another missionary uses the items while on the road, like hand sanitizers and fix-a-flat.
     
  9. annsni

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    Oh OK. I've not dealt with anything like that but then again, we have a house for missionaries who come home so that might make up for it. Most of the missionaries we support are also home-grown so their families are usually close-by and they don't come home to try to raise support since we fully fund them. We try to make their time at home relaxing and enjoyable. :)
     
  10. Mexdeaf

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    Yup, gotta have some "man toys". :smilewinkgrin:
     

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