Postagram for sending youth ministry postcards


Last night I was browsing through the app marketplace on my Android phone and came across Postagram. I’m not sure how I missed this before, but it looks like a great service for youth ministry.

Basically, you take a picture with your phone and use the app to turn it into a postcard that Postagram ships as a high-quality photo to whoever you want. The postcard is a bit unique because the photo can pop out of the card, too, with your message on the back.

As a youth leader, I have a stack of postcards to send to kids and families on different occasions, but I rarely send them because of the time element involved in doing so (lame excuse, I know). This seems to remove that barrier. And at only $0.99 a postcard with free shipping, it’s a good deal, especially because it can pull mailing addresses straight from my phone’s address book.

I can think of many ways to use this in youth ministry.

  • Quickly send customized postcards to youth group parents while at camp or on your missions trip (without having to find a mailbox or stamps!)
  • Snap a picture of your small group and send it as a “get well soon” postcard to the kid who’s at home sick
  • Put something physical in the college mailbox of the kid who graduated last year
  • Give that kid a physical copy of his winning shot at his last basketball game with a note saying congrats
  • Send a birthday greeting to a kid with a picture of you and him together

Since it only takes about 60-90 seconds to mail a custom postcard straight from my phone, my lame excuses are gone.

Go to Postagram’s website to learn more, or download the app for free in the Android or iPhone marketplace.

[ Full Disclosure: This is not a sponsored review, I just thought it might be a helpful tool. :) ]

Posted on July 7, 2011

  • Great use of technology Tim!!

  • I used this during Youth Camp to send some pictures of me and kids to their house. In almost all cases, the postcard beat us home and was waiting on them when they returned. Very cool. You can buy 30 post cards for $30. Very easy to use and a good service.

    • That is cool! You can actually buy them cheaper, though. If you know you're going to use a lot of postcards, you can buy a bulk of credits by logging in to your account on their website. The more credits you pay for up-front, the more free credits for postcards you get. Plus, it only charges your card once instead of 30 times for $0.99.

      • You get one free with the app so it's worth a try to see the quality.

  • Tim, what ideas for images would you suggest? Pics of them? Pics of us? What else would be cool to send? Any ideas?

    • Yes and yes. Whatever picture comes out nice that you want to send. :)

  • Tim! This is AWESOME app. I cannot wait to use! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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