Frequently Asked Questions
What is the main job of a LINKS secretary, and how
does our church receive information about our LINKS missionaries?
Contact your church's LINKS missionaries regularly (at least
two or three times a year). Missionaries love to receive cards
and notes; however, don't expect a reply to every correspondence. Check
with your missionary before sending any e-cards. See note
below. The best person to contact regarding details about
your LINKS missionaries is your district LINKS coordinator.
If you do not know who holds this office, you can look it
up in the district journal under District NMI Council. (Your
church should have a district journal.) If a missionary notifies
you of a change of information, such as a new address or plans
for retirement, please inform the Global
Do missionaries like to receive e-cards or newsletters?
The general answer is "No." Depending on the Internet connection
speed where the missionary is located, e-cards can sometimes
take a long time to load. Some missionaries have to pay by
the minute for Internet and/or e-mail access, making e-cards
costly. Always check with your LINKS missionaries to see what
service is available to them personally.
I can't find our missionaries' addresses on the web.
To ensure the safety of missionaries, Global Mission does
not include missionary contact information on Missionary
Profiles Online. If you need contact information for a
missionary, please contact either your district NMI president
or your district LINKS coordinator.
How should our church's LINKS cash assignment be
Please do not send money directly to the missionary. It may
never reach them, and money is sometimes difficult to exchange
in some world areas. On the remittance form that is sent to
the Global Treasury Services Office with the money, always
include the name of the LINKS recipient. Money cannot be credited
properly without the missionary's name. Each time you send
a monetary gift, notify the recipient beforehand:
- The reason for the gift (cash assignment, birthday,
Christmas, love offering, etc.)
- When the gift will be sent
- The amount of the gift.
Notifying the missionary ahead of time allows them to ensure
the gift is received properly.
The children of my church want pen pals. Can I have
addresses and e-mail addresses for all of our missionary kids
Global Mission asks that we not distribute lists with
street and e-mail addresses for MKs due to security, expense,
and the protection of our missionaries' time. Here are a few
- Check with your local NMI president to see if your
church has LINKS missionaries with children.
- If not, check with your district's LINKS coordinator
to see if your district has a LINKS missionary with
a child who would like to be a pen pal. NOTE: Missionaries
may not have reliable/affordable e-mail or Internet
access. Also, missionary kids may not be able to keep
up with pen pal correspondence.
- Consider sponsoring a child through the Nazarene Compassionate
Ministries Child Sponsorship program. These children
correspond with their sponsors as a part of the program.
For more information, contact NCM Child Sponsorship
(913-577-2880), or via e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between Missionary Christmas
Fund and monies we send through the Global Treasury Services
for our LINKS missionaries as a Christmas gift?
The Missionary Christmas Fund (MCF) is NOT a part of LINKS.
MCF is a separate Global Mission general fund that provides
Holiness Today, Reflecting God, Day by Day books
(pocket calendars), and a monetary bonus at Christmas time
to all qualifying missionaries. Since Missionary Christmas
Fund is a general fund, specific missionaries names should
not be mentioned when remitting the Missionary Christmas Fund.
If you would like to send your LINKS missionary(ies) a LINKS
Christmas gift, include a remittance form with the following
- Amount of LINKS Christmas gift on "LINKS" line
- Missionary's name (necessity)
Send the check and remittance form to:
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
PO Box 843116
Kansas City MO 64184-3116
Do you still have questions about the difference between
Missionary Christmas Fund and LINKS Christmas gifts? Contact Global
NMI Office. Phone: (913) 577-2970
What is Missionary Care and how does that affect LINKS
and Missionary Christmas Fund?
A local church may continue sending in LINKS, Missionary Christmas
Fund (MCF), and Missionary Health Care offerings. However,
for the local church that does not want to send in so many
different offerings, Missionary Care was created. All three
of the above offerings can be sent in under one heading…Missionary
Care (with the name of your LINKS missionary). The formula
used is that 60% of the amount will go to Missionary Health
Care, 30% LINKS, and 10% Missionary Christmas Fund.
Do missionaries and their families still like to
Yes, if they are not in a country where receiving packages
is prohibited. The forms you receive at your district convention
often have gift suggestions. However, always contact the missionaries
before sending a package, verifying it is something they need/want
and ask for any recent changes in mailing instructions. Also
check USPS.com for approximate size, weight, and cost of packages.
Double wrap items, and don't send perfumed items in same
containers with food. Small packages generally pass through
customs more easily than large boxes, plus they are less expensive
What's the best way I can encourage my LINKS missionary
if they are working in a Creative Access Area (CAA)?
Pray for them daily. Remember that you are making a difference
in missionaries' lives, even though the results may not be
visible. Send CAA missionaries generic cards (not Christian)
and DO NOT mention words such as missionary, church, prayer,
etc. Thinking of you and Hello cards translate to the missionary
that you are praying for them. You may not hear back as often
from those serving in sensitive areas so keep in touch also
with your district LINKS coordinator for updates.