Because of the nature of our work, people served by VOMC cannot always be contacted by people in other nations. In some nations, Christians don't even have mailboxes. In some closed countries, it is often dangerous for people to receive mail from Christians in another country. They may be persecuted when officials screen the letters. In nations where Christians are often very poor, it can take two days' work in the fields to earn enough money to buy one postage stamp. Consider, instead, sending a letter to a prisoner to encourage him/her in their faith or writing to government officials on their behalf.