The benefit of being a missionary on your birthday…..

The benefit of being a missionary on your birthday, particularly a missionary with the UMC, is that your name is printed on a birthday calender.  This calender is then sent out to all of the UMC Women’s Circles, and anywhere as early as 6 weeks prior to said birthday, one begins receiving birthday cards in the mail.  The first birthday card I received arrived around mid-February.  I didn’t know if it was late or early, until I read, “For your birthday, Sept. 12, 2008.”  Well, at least the woman can never be chastised for forgetting.  In the past few weeks, I have been overwhelmed with birthday greetings via email and sparkly greeting cards from women and church groups all around America. Some from states I have never even visited!!  It is a little amusing, but mostly a great testament to the connectionalism of the Methodist Church (small plug – sorry, couldn’t resist! 🙂 

Also, when you’re a missionary on your birthday, you get to do cool things like have fried corn for your birthday breakfast in mainland China!!  hehe

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