Sometimes our situation is such that it’s near impossible to get out and minister to others. Do you know what I mean? Maybe, like me, you are a parent of a special needs child and their needs are too great for you to commit to any type of ministry that would take you away from them for an extended period of time. Or maybe you are caring for a disabled spouse or ailing parent. Or maybe you yourself are homebound to a certain degree with a disability or handicap and find it hard to get out and minister to others.
Whatever your personal situation, I would like to recommend a wonderful ministry that almost anyone can do and that I’ve had the pleasure of doing for 3 years. It’s called The Card Ministry!
Here’s the thing. Sending someone a greeting card can be done anywhere, anytime, to anyone no matter where in the world they are. You could even do it in the middle of the night!
Who is hurting and needs a word of encouragement? Who is recovering from surgery? You can send them a humorous card to brighten their day! Who just lost of loved one? A heartfelt sympathy card can mean more to them than you could ever know. Who has ministered to you in some way? Send them a card of thanks from your heart. Who just simply comes to your mind? That’s a prompting! Send them a card! You never know. That person may get your card at the exact time that they really needed it.
Am I talking about an e-card? No. E-cards have their place. I’m talking about a REAL, paper card. Here are just a few reasons why you need to send a real card over an e-card:
- Real cards with a heartfelt message, and especially a personal picture, are kept and treasured.
- Real cards can be shown to others anywhere without having to use a computer.
- Sadly, E-cards are many times never even seen! Statistics show that 80% of emails are never even opened!
- Real cards are more memorable since they are tangible.
Many cards I’ve sent and the reactions to them stand out in my mind.
I sent a card to a childhood neighbor whom I recently reconnected with. In the card I scanned a picture of my 12 year old birthday party I’d found and put it in the card. When she got it she called me. She said she had been having a bad day. When she got home and saw the card it made her day!
A young friend of ours with Dystonia and Cerebral Palsy has spent the last several months in the hospital. I’ve sent him several cards to brighten his day and make him laugh. His mother tells me how much he enjoys them and puts them in prominent places for others to see.
These examples are’t meant to pat myself on the back but to share with you how meaningful a real card sent from the heart can be.
Not only does a card ministry bless the receiver but it has some amazing and unexpected results for the giver! I’ve known of several people who suffered from depression. When they started regularly sending out cards to others it has completely lifted their depression! Card sending helps to get us out of our inward in introspective thinking and put our thoughts on someone else. As a result, we, the sender are truly blessed!
Go ahead! Anyone can do it. Make someone’s day. Send them a card. Start a new habit. Start of Card Ministry!
I’d love to hear your card stories! Won’t you share?