Passing Along Compassion
The sound of clacking keyboards creates white noise in Donor Services Department, where gifts are processed at the GFA office. Carolyn, 69, gingerly sips her coffee as she reads the donor’s name on a mailed-in national missionary response card—the same card with the beaming smile that Jenny helped design. This is one of Carolyn’s favorite tasks. She looks through the national missionaries who are in need of support, asking the Lord to help her choose the perfect person for this new supporter. She finds a young man who has the same birth month as his new supporter—perfect!
Carolyn was first exposed to GFA when her two sons filmed a documentary called “Veil of Tears” for the ministry which sheds light on the plight of women in Asia.
“When I saw that film, it just tore my heart out to see these people, women, and how they were treated,” remembers Carolyn. “It really hurt me. Every time I watched, it was so powerful to think these [stories] were real. I always got a box of Kleenex. It really stirred me.”
She was encouraged to see the hope offered to these vulnerable women by missionaries on the field. And now, as a member of MST, she has a part of offering that same hope as she processes gifts to the ministry, including donations for widows and women missionaries.
This vital link of the Mission Support Team is a conduit both ways: from national workers to supporters and from supporters to national workers.
“That’s really exciting to think [about the] chain reaction of good … from the sponsors, coming here, then going [to Asia], then going to the children,” Carolyn says. “It’s just a great thing … I’m thankful to be one of those vital links in there that keeps it going.”
Connecting lives across the globe is the heart of the Mission Support Team. There are people all over the world who want to help those in need but have no way to do it. These dedicated behind-the-scenes missionaries serve as that link, connecting all those who care to act to those in need.