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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 any way.

2. Don't mention missions, missionary activity, evangelism, witnessing, giving out Bibles, the host country's church, support raising, etc.

3. Don't send missionary prayer letters, tracts, church bulletins, missions magazines, Bibles, etc.

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.

5. 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.

6. Limit 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.

7. Don't 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.

10. These guidelines should be followed for ALL phone calls, e-mails, letters and packages.

1 First class mail, in most cases, can take 2-3 weeks to reach your friend, so be sure to send mail early!

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