*I am no longer the host of #fmfpartysnailmail. However, it is still going strong and I’d love for you to click right over here to find out more (or keep reading below!) and to sign up for the next round.*
This is the story of a tweet that turned into a community of hand-written word warriors. And this is your invitation to join us – because there is always room for another and the doors to community are open wide.
This is Five Minute Friday Snail Mail also known as #fmfpartysnailmail.
Maybe you’ve seen the hashtag and wondered what in the world everybody was talking about? Maybe all those Instagram pictures of cards have made you stop and wonder and then wish someone wrote you happy mail? Yeah, we got sick of all the junk mail, too. This is the place where we write one lady a kind, encouraging note each week. And we receive one each week, too! This is the place where we use our words for good. This is the place where something happy shows up in our mailbox. This is the place where community is built and we take relationships from the computer to the real life mailbox.
So, how does it work?
It’s really quite simply. You sign up and and completing the form you will be placed on a list.
You’ll receive an email with a list of the addresses you’ll send a card to. Then, each week you’ll write a short note to one woman on your list. Once you’re signed up, you will receive information on how to know who to write each week. It’s easy-peasy, I promise!
Each week you’ll write one card and receive one card. The final step is to keep checking your mailbox for the goodness that will arrive each week!
Here’s the thing: We all use our words in conversations and blog posts and tweets every day. We’re already spending them somewhere, but there are times we each need a pick-me-up. We can use our words – our written words – for good. It takes no more than five minutes to write a card. I typically pray over the card, include a word of encouragement, and select a verse to include inside. It’s a small way of building community, but these small steps have done big things. But don’t take my word for it – below you’ll find comments from other woman who have participated in #fmfpartysnailmail.
I loved the unexpected encouragement from another Christian woman in the form of REAL mail! The verses some of the ladies sent me were just what I needed to read. -LeeAnn Taylor
Knowing someone thought of me to send just a quick note in the mail makes all the difference! -Sarah Knepper
I loved seeing God’s hand in the timing and wording of each card, and I loved getting to know so many women in a new and different way. -Amy Boyd
I loved getting cards with Bible verses on them! I posted them in my kitchen as a way to memorize more of God’s Word. -Kim Adam
Encouragement and truth always came at the right time! I love how God works!!! -Karina Allen
There’s something holy about hand-writing words of encouragement that, even though it may be what you’d type in a comment box or something online, creates a certain type of bond with that person. Even though that person may or may not ever interact with you online, there’s that one moment of connection in the reading and writing of those hand-crafted notes. -Amy Krance-Wendt
I loved the increased personal connection I felt. I felt even more connected to the community by doing this. -Rebekah Ellis
I love how each woman sent me a scripture, and it was just what I needed to hear at that time. I also love getting to know people outside of twitter. It’s so personal, and that’s more my cuppa tea. -Chandra Hadfield
This began in a tweet and look at what God has done! He has been all over this and has moved through it. I’ll be the very first to stand up and say that I never saw the dream of community coming to my mailbox, but I’m so glad it did – and that it does every week.
The letters always show up right on time. I have no explanation for it but God. There are countless tweets of women apologizing for letters going out a day or two late and always – every single time – the woman receiving the letter responds that it arrived exactly when she needed it.
God can use something as small as a hand-written note.
He can and He does.
*#fmfpartysnailmail is open to women outside the U.S. as well! Although it will likely take extra days to send and receive mail, community is not bound by country lines. We would love to have you!
*this is not ONLY for bloggers! All women are welcome to join! It is, however, only for women – please and thank you. :)