The other day, I was able to make pancakes for myself. I not only made pancakes – I made banana pancakes. You want to know what’s even better? I had them… with syrup!
This is primarily possible because, while I was in America, a couple of friends of mine took me to the grocery store and asked me a simple question, “What do you want?” Two of the main things on my list were syrup and baking powder.
“Baking powder!?” you say. “Yes,” I respond. “Neither of those can you buy in Ukraine, and both of them are essential for a proper pancake breakfast.” You see, if you don’t have a pancake mix (which is also an impossible find in Ukraine), you can’t make real pancakes without baking powder… and what’s the use of having pancakes without syrup? Little things like this can make a missionary’s day. I think little things like this could make anyone’s day. You don’t have to buy someone a new car to show them that you care about them and want to see them smile (although that would make me smile…). You can do it simply with a note, a text, or a small can of baking powder. Sometimes, that’s what makes all the difference.
Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is good news from a distant land. (Proverbs 25:25 NASB)
Thanks from all of us missionaries to all that are sending care packages with little goodies, reminders of home, verses, and useful things we can’t obtain elsewhere! God bless you all!