We've received information from Elder Haycock's Mission President regarding packages to the mission. Please know that while Samuel would love to have packages from home often, it is currently not feasible. He will be limited to 4 per year. The costs to the mission budget to get the packages from the main office in Tarawa to the outer islands is pretty prohibitive and will now be passed along to the sender. I am not sure how this is to be done, but will update as we receive more instruction. All packages that have been sent for this Christmas are ok because they will remain in Tarawa for the missionaries to open there when they come in for a mission conference at Christmas. We will be trying to come up with a game plan for packages for Samuel and a kind of time table - we are thinking for sure his birthday in July and Christmas, and will probably figure something else out for the other 2 quarters. There must be wisdom in it that we cannot see. Perhaps this is our part of sacrificing for the mission and having the faith to know that the Lord will watch out for our missionary. Now we need to focus on giving our missionary spiritual nourishment through letters in place of all those treats we keep sending....dig deep people!
Please write to him often - mail is still ok. Email is quickest at email@example.com, but there is something special about being able to hold a letter in your hand and reread its contents. We recommend buying international stamps because it will save you some change in sending a letter. His address is:
Elder Samuel Haycock
PO Box 400
Republic of Kiribati
Package size limit - anything significantly larger will not be delivered to the missionary - 11-1/4" x 8-3/4" x 6" (this is the small sized standard USPS box)
Packages to missionaries will be limited to one per quarter - if additional packages are sent in the quarter they will be not be delivered to the missionary until the following quarter.
The delivery costs for sending the package to the outer island (Air Kiribati) will be the responsibility of the sender of the package, not by the mission.
Elder Samuel Haycock
I am called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This blog is about my adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for the next two years in the Republic of Kiribati.
Rachel Haycock - I am the mother of 6 amazing children and the lucky wife of a dear, sweet man. I love to write, read, cook, teach and sew. I hope you feel the Spirit of the Lord as you read about Elder Haycock's adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.