Thursday, March 4, 2010

"What a missionary wants, what a missionary needs..."

Occasionally people ask us what we need, what we can't get, what they can send us in Uganda. I have to confess, getting emails, snailmails, and packages is one of the most enjoyable things about being in the line of work we're in. Some of the reasons sending us stuff is a ministry to us are:


  • We can only bring 200 lbs. of luggage with us when we fly, and certain things we need or like to have are not easy to come by in Uganda.

  • When we're upcountry in Uganda, we give, give, give. It's a gracious thing to be given something out of love. It helps keep us sane.

  • The stuff you send often replenishes our supplies that have dwindled as a result of our giving things to others.

  • Getting a package simply makes our day, every time.

For those of you who are interested in sending us a package sometime, we have compiled three lists of things we want and/or need on Amazon.com. The lists are as follows:


Amber's List: this is a list of books, CDs, and DVDs that Amber would like.


Terrill's List: this is a list of books, CDs, and DVDs that Terrill would like.


Lehman's List: No, Lehman is not a third member of our family! Lehman's is an "Amish hardware store" in Ohio that sells a lot of cool stuff that would be useful in Uganda.

Both Amazon and Lehman's can ship things to Uganda, but beware of potentially high shipping costs. An alternative is to have items shipped to you, then you put them in a Post Office flat-rate box. Our mailing address is: Terrill & Amber Schrock, SIL Uganda, PO Box 750, Entebbe, Uganda.

People are often worried that packages might get lost. That can happen. To my knowledge we didn't lose anything in our first two years. It could take a package anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months to get to us. The average time it takes is about 2 months. But hey, there's nothing wrong with getting a few extra Christmas gifts in July!

1 comment:

Notinthewild said...

When the third member comes, let's stay away from "Lehman"
I can see "Greece" as a possibility however . . .