As sponsors, we get to bless and impact our sponsored children through the letters we send. But what to write? To help out, we’ve asked our Supporter Relations Department for their top 10 tips!
1) Write words of love, support and encouragement
We all need to be encouraged and affirmed in our walk through life. This is especially important for your sponsored child who may not be used to thinking that they have value. Knowing someone, somewhere in the world cares about them and is praying for them has an enormous impact on sponsored children.
2) Share your favourite Bible verse
3) Show an interest in them and ask questions
For example, who are your family members? How old are your siblings? What is your favourite colour or sport?
4) Don’t expect a pen-pal type of relationship
Letter writing is part of your sponsored child’s learning process. It will take time for them to learn to read, write and express themselves.
5) Sponsored children treasure your letters!
Even if they don’t say it, please know your letters are immensely valued and treasured. Many testimonies from Compassion-assisted children explain how their sponsor was key to finding their identity in Christ, having self-worth and reaching their full potential.
6) Avoid jargon or slang
‘Think’ in your child’s language and culture. Take a moment to ask yourself if your letter would make sense to a child.
7) Think about what you’d like to know about your sponsored child and share that information with them
8) Send a photo
9) Introduce yourself and your family
10) Book it in!
Set aside a regular time to write to your sponsored child.