Thursday, October 27, 2011

Keeping in Touch

Communication Options...

Pouch Mail:  The BEST WAY to send a card or letter to us in the Congo IF you follow instructions below..
George Ernest Smith Jr
Joan Angela Smith
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150

Important instructions for using pouch mail (quoted from our missionary packet):  
"Items sent by pouch mail use the United States Postal Service (USPS) from your location to Church headquarters, where they are forwarded to the missionary by a private courier along with other Church mail.  Pouch mail leaves Church headquarters each Friday.  Items received after the pouch has been sent will be held for the next week.  Only postcards or one-page correspondences (no envelopes) written on one side of the pate may be sent through the pouch.  Notebook or other light-weight paper will not process through the USPS machines.  Photographs are not acceptable.  Pouch mail may also be used by missionaries to send letters home to the U.S."
"You may invite your family and friends to use pouch mail.  Items not complying with the following instructions will be returned to the sender or discarded, if the complete return address is not included..."
"Letter-folding instructions:  Lay the letter blank side down.  Fold the bottom of the letter about one-third of the way up the page and crease.  Fold the top of the letter to the bottom of the first fold and crease.  Secure the long side with two pieces of tape about one inch in from each end, but do not seal the ends.  In the top left corner write your name and complete return address.  Affix first class postage in the top right corner.  In the middle write the missionary address" (see highlighted address above)

Mailing/Shipping address in Kinshasa.  (There is no mail in the Congo and shipping is terribly expensive.)
Elder George Ernest Smith Jr
Sister Joan Angela Smith
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission
Immeuble Gulf 6347
Avenue de la Justice Zone de la Gombe 
Democratic Republic of Congo

Phone:  International phone number from the United States... 011-243 (815) 016-769 (very high rate)
Phone (Magic Jack):  801-434-4882 (although it is local rates, we plan to use this very infrequently)

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