Ask any missionary and they will tell you that simple acts of appreciation make all the difference to the outcome of their trip. Since you are working with people who are willing to give up their time, money and resources to benefit your kingdom work it is important to appreciate them.
1. Make sure your missionary’s work is meaningful and enjoyable.
While it is true that not every task is fun, it can still be enjoyable. Taking the extra time to listen to your missionaries and understand what they hope to gain from the experience will help to ensure that all parties involved are benefiting from the work experience. When a missionary is matched with a job that they find meaningful and enjoyable, they are likely to take extra care which greatly reduces the risk of a safety hazard.
2. Host informal social events for your staff to meet missionaries.
Who does not love a good celebration? By hosting a simple potluck dinner or an organization picnic that includes your staff leadership team, your missionaries will get a better glimpse into your organization’s culture. Offering a time for staff to meet missionaries creates a greater appreciation for the work that is being accomplished on your organization’s behalf.
3. Give your missionaries project updates.
Missionaries love to know that what they are doing is really making a difference. Help missionaries take pride in their work by giving them periodic project updates. Whether that is dollars raised, houses built, outreaches completed or any other piece of information, your missionaries will appreciate knowing how their time impacted the organization.
4. Provide adequate missionary training and safety resources.
Prioritize your missionary’s safety. Taking the time to prepare a training and safety plan for your missionaries shows a great deal of appreciation. Don’t just throw them into a project and expect them to fend for themselves. Take time to teach them and lead them to ensure an atmosphere safe from accident and injury.
5. Say thank you.
As most human beings know, these simple words can make a world of difference. Never underestimate them.
How does your organization show appreciation to missionaries?