We don’t receive much mail – maybe one or two items a year. If you wanted to send a letter through the postal service directly to us here in Honduras (we don’t recommend sending packages this way), you’d just write our name, the name of our nearest city (Gracias Lempira), and the country name on the envelope . Hopefully the letter would arrive in the Gracias post office. After that, the letter would sit in the post office until some friend of ours picked it up and brought it to us. Since we rarely get mail, we don’t go checking in at the post office very often (or ever, really).
Recently we received information packets for voting by mail in the next US election. These packets were mailed to Gracias, and then brought to us by the young men who regularly do farm work for us on our property. So you see, the system really does (occasionally) work. Actually, Allen didn’t receive a packet, and he’s registered to vote as well, so we’re not talking about a 100% success rate.
Another way people sometimes get mail to us is by sending it to the Missionary Ventures main office in Orlando Florida. We have a mailbox there, and when anyone from the office visits us they’ll bring us our mail, or when we visit Orlando we can pick it up.
Allen recently returned from a trip to the states, and he brought some mail back with him. We were delighted to receive some Christmas cards and letters from friends – in fact, several years worth!
Henry Z, we laughed through three years of your witty Christmas letters at one sitting (2008-2010)!
B family, formerly of Costa Rica, it was so kind of you to send us a housewarming gift along with your Christmas card in 2009! I’m guessing your little guy is quite a bit bigger now.
I can’t wait to see what people are sending us this Christmas . . . but I guess I’ll just have to.