My sister (who is a missionary) recently posted (HERE) about how their church had welcomed them home when they arrived in the states this past spring. It was so neat to see great ideas of how a church family can really rise up and offer support and encouragement in such a great way.
I wanted to leave her a comment about how I learned the term "pounding" here in the south as a way to stock some one's pantry (a pound of this and a pound of that). I was trying to do a little research on it and ran across a hysterical blog post about how people often give their junk to churches, missions, orphanages and the such. I was laughing so hard at some of the horrible things that people pass on as "donations" all in the name of giving to God. If you want a good laugh (the funny parts were in the comments that people left) click HERE. I mean really, the stuff people donate is down right embarrassing.
So, enjoy the laugh but learn from the great example of how it is important to give our best.