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NTM founder Paul Fleming types a letter in British Malaya circa 1940
Tags: Mission News,
POSTED ON Jan 25, 2017 by Ian Fallis

It’s a special thing to get a letter these days.

If a personal, handwritten letter can light up your day, imagine what it can do for a missionary who’s moved across the country or across the sea.

So in the spirit of International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo), which is February, we want to make it as easy as we can for you to send a letter to a missionary.

In fact, since InCoWriMo encourages people to write a letter each day in February, we want to equip you to write 28 letters to 28 missionaries in the month. If that sounds daunting, remember: It takes only one letter to start.

And think about what writing a letter to a missionary every day could do for you:

  • You’ll get in the habit of taking the time and effort to write letters.
  • You’ll reinforce relationships and build new ones.
  • You’ll forge heart connections with God’s work around the world.

If you’re with us so far, you probably have a lot of questions. So let us help you answer them.

Who do I write to?

You probably don’t know 28 missionaries. If you do, and you have addresses for them already, great! You’re all set. Most of us will need more help, however.

Church leaders or friends who care about missions might be able to help. You could write to missionaries that your church or your friends support.

But if none of those work for you, or you come up short on names, here’s a simple solution. NTM’s Missionaries page displays a random sampling of missionaries each time it’s loaded. Keep refreshing the page until you get all the names you need. We’ll give you their addresses in a moment here. For now, go to:

usa.ntm.org/missionaries

Note the name and country where each serves. If they’re in the USA, make note of where they serve in the USA.

What do I use to write to them?

You don’t need any kind of fancy, light-weight paper or special envelopes. A sheet or two of paper and a standard envelope will weigh, in most cases, one ounce or less and go first class for a set rate: $1.15 for addresses outside the USA, $0.49 within the USA.

Envelopes and stationery can be found at most general merchandise or office supply stores. But don’t feel that you have to use fancy stationery. If someone sends me a letter, I’m grateful even if it’s written on tree bark.

The folks over at InCoWriMo are keen on fountain pens, and so am I, but you can use a cheap ballpoint or rollerball if you want. Or a fancy one. A pencil or a felt-tip marker. Crayons work too. But don’t cut letters out of a magazine. That’s not handwritten, and it’s kinda creepy. Just use whatever you normally write with.

What about stamps? You can get exact postage at your post office. You can also get stamps there, or you can order stamps online.

What should I write?

Here are some ideas:

  • Tell them you prayed for them and what you prayed.
  • Share your thoughts on a Bible passage you read recently, or how God’s using it in your life.
  • Let them know what’s going on in your church, especially if your church supports them.
  • Tell them about any ministries you’re involved in, and how you’re seeing God work.
  • If you have kids about the same age, write about your kids.
  • Thank them for their service, and be specific. If they have a blog, that will help you find out more about their ministry.

Have another idea? Share it in the comments.

Your letter doesn’t have to be fancy or long. It just has to be personal, from you to them.

What’s the address and postage?

Here are most of the office addresses for writing to NTM missionaries overseas or at USA facilities. first class postage for a standard-size envelope one ounce or less is $0.49 within the USA, and $1.15 to other countries. Please do not send anything other than a letter.

Within the USA

USA Home Office:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION           
1000 E FIRST ST              
SANFORD FL  32771-1487

NTM Homes:
(Missionary’s name)
NTM HOMES                    
108 MISSION BLVD             
SANFORD FL  32771-7604

NTBI Jackson:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES BIBLE INSTITUTE   
1210 E MICHIGAN AVE          
JACKSON MI  49201-1839

NTBI Waukesha:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES BIBLE INSTITUTE   
915 N HARTWELL AVE           
WAUKESHA WI  53186-5014

NTM Missionary Training Center:
(Missionary’s name)
NTM MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTER
PO BOX 1200                  
CAMDENTON MO  65020-1200

Jersey Shore/Wayumi:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION           
241 OLD FORGE HILL RD        
JERSEY SHORE PA  17740-7301

NTM Aviation:
(Missionary’s name)
NTM AVIATION                 
3870 W VOLUNTEER ST          
MC NEAL AZ  85617-9639

Outside the USA

Bolivia:
(Missionary’s name)
MISION NUEVAS TRIBUS         
CASILLA 522                  
COCHABAMBA            
BOLIVIA    

Brazil:
(Missionary’s name)
MISSAO NOVAS TRIBOS DO BRASIL
CAIXA POSTAL 1421            
MANAUS AM  69065-970
BRAZIL     

Canada:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION OF CANADA 
313363 HWY 6 S               
PO BOX 707                   
DURHAM ON  N0G 1R0  
CANADA    

Colombia (Please note this is a USA mailing address and requires only 49 cents postage):
ICNH - (Missionary’s name)
JET BOX 391                  
PO BOX 02-5242               
MIAMI FL  33102    

East Africa (Moazambique, Tanzania, etc.):
(Missionary’s name)
VISAO INTEGRAL               
CP 251                       
NAMPULA   3100     
MOZAMBIQUE  

Mexico (Please note this is a USA mailing address and requires only 49 cents postage):
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION MEXICO    
10101 DELLWOOD               
EL PASO TX  79924  

Papua New Guinea:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION           
BOX 1079                     
GOROKA EHP  441      
PAPUA NEW GUINEA  

Paraguay:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION           
CASILLA 13195                
ASUNCION   1209     
PARAGUAY  

Philippines:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION           
PO BOX M-049                 
MANDALUYONG CITY   1550     
PHILIPPINES   

Thailand:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION           
PO BOX 2                     
HANG DONG                    
CHIANGMAI   50230    
THAILAND      

United Kingdom:
(Missionary’s name)
NEW TRIBES MISSION           
NORTH COTES                  
GRIMSBY LINCOLNSHIRE  DN36 5XU 
ENGLAND     

West Africa (Senegal, Guinea, etc.):
(Missionary’s name)
MISSION EVANGELIQUE - NTM    
BP 1166                      
DAKAR   10200    
SENEGAL