Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I send letters and care packages?
Here is my permanent address in Ukarumpa: Brandy Ingle, SIL Box 1(493), Ukarumpa EHP 444, Papua New Guinea
What should I know before sending you anything?
- It’s not cheap.
- To send anything larger than a letter or greeting card, they’re going to want an itemized list of what you’re sending, for customs reasons.
- It has generally taken 4 weeks for letters to arrive, at least a month for packages that are air mail. Shipping anything will take a few months.
- It will probably save you money to use the flat rate shipping boxes, although it will still be expensive.
- If you send food, don’t write “food” on the box. It’s technically illegal to send food to PNG. BUT if you’re not convicted by that fact, write something like “culinary items” instead of “food”. If you write “food”, it may hold it up… or it will never get to me.
- And chocolate tends to melt. And I’m not a normal girl who craves chocolate, but even if I did, it’s readily available in our store (for a slightly higher price than in America).
- Any electronics, DVDs, whatever… just write “media”. It’s not necessary to describe everything in there.
- If you love me, none of this hassle will matter to you. 🙂
In Matthew 28, Jesus commands His followers to “go”. All believers are to make His name known in whatever way we can. I think this quote from John Piper sums it up pretty well: “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”
In April of 2010, I visited JAARS, Wycliffe’s training facilities in NC, for a construction mission trip. I got to learn all about what Wycliffe does and why they do it. I learned what a heart language is- the language that you know from birth, the one that speaks to your heart the most. Their heart connected so much with my heart. Once I learned the value and necessity of what they do, I knew I needed to be a part of their work.
Why Papua New Guinea?
There’s no good answer for this, really. It’s just where I know I’m supposed to be! I did hear a lot about life and the work going on there before I applied for Wycliffe, so I’ve just kind of always known that’s where I’d request to be first.
How often will you get to come home?
For every year on the field, we are allotted 3 months of furlough (time to spend with family and friends, reconnect with partners, and rebuild support for my next assignment). My terms will probably be two to three years, which means 6-9 months home at a time after each term. You should come visit me!
What are a few of your favorite things?
fun flowers, movies, tv shows, books, music, mascara, pretty things, sleep