Pen Pals

By policy, ISMK does not give out personal information of MKs. If you would like to be a pen pal with a missionary kid, we recommend you talk to your senior pastor, missions committee leader, or district council office about families that your church already supports, or are from your district. Your church already supports missionary families, and all of their contact information will be available to you in their newsletters. Due to the sensitive nature of some assignments, we are not always able to forward mail to MKs that is sent to our office.

If you are already pen pals with an MKs, here are a few ideas for great gifts to mail them:

  • Activity books
  • Airplanes—the flat, Styrofoam type
  • Audiocassettes: children’s programs, Bible stories on CD with accompanying books, youth programs, speakers, music, drama
  • Banners
  • Baseball cards
  • Books/booklets on current subjects
  • Bookmarks
  • Bumper stickers
  • Calculators—flat, solar-powered
  • Calendars
  • Colored pencils
  • Combs
  • Cross-stitch kits
  • Decals
  • Finger puppets—flat
  • Folders
  • Food packets: soups, seasonings, hot chocolate mix, Kool-Aid, gum, etc. (Seal these in plastic bags before mailing.)
  • Iron-on transfers
  • Key chains/tags
  • Kites
  • Magazines for children: Sesame Street, Highlights for Children, Pockets, world (National Geographic),
  • Zoo Books (magazine by Wildlife Education, Ltd.), Focus on the Family children’s magazine
  • Magazines for junior/senior high: Group, Focus on the Family, Brio, Spectrum (about Christian athletes)
  • Magazines for college young people: Campus Life, Contemporary Christian Music True Tunes, and others
  • Pennants
  • Photos
  • Puzzles—packaged flat
  • Ribbons
  • Stencils



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