Correspondence Guidelines for Friends
in Closed Countries
There are many inappropriate words and subjects
that should NEVER be used in communication with our friends in closed countries.
These guidelines are to assist you in all your correspondence with them. Perhaps
the most important area to remember this in is in regards to e-mail. One has to
assume that any and EVERY e-mail sent to and from closed countries is downloaded,
opened and/or saved by someone other than the intended recipient. Keep this in
mind whenever you e-mail your friend. Also, do not encrypt or code e-mails (or
letters) to and from your friend, as this can bring unwanted attention to the
sender and receiver.
1. Don't criticize the host country's government in
2. Don't mention missions, missionary activity, evangelism, witnessing,
giving out Bibles, the host country's church, support raising, etc.
Don't send missionary prayer letters, tracts, church bulletins, missions magazines,
4. Don't send letters on church stationery, or send support
information into the host country. Any teaching tapes mailed should be labeled
only with the speaker's first and last name. Don't send packages with church labels.
Don't mention your friend's contacts or friends in the host country by name, or
in any way identify people who might be interested in Christianity.
your use of Christian language to talking about your own spiritual life and growth.
You can quote Scripture. Just remember that moderation is the key.
send bulk e-mail to people in closed countries.
8. Only give out your friend's
e-mail address or mailing address to people that have a copy of these guidelines.
It is also appropriate to have permission from your friend before you give out
their e-mail address to anyone.
9. Please DO write letters to your
friend.1 Mail is a cherished and
needed encouragement. Even if you can't say all you'd like to, please do write.
A letter about what's happening in your life could make your friend's day.
These guidelines should be followed for ALL phone calls, e-mails, letters
1 First class
mail, in most cases, can take 2-3 weeks to reach your friend, so be sure to send