Apr 23, Sun, 9 am-1 pm, Makai Room
Need some help writing your Compassion-sponsored child? Then drop by our letter-writing session. We’ll have all sorts of resources to help you connect with your child. Letters matter a lot to sponsored children, so come and let’s write together.
Here are 18 reasons to write a letter to your Compassion child. These were collected from the third-party letter writers (a pastor, a development center director, or a country office director) who wrote about their experiences as they work with the children. (source: Compassion.com)
18. A LETTER MAKES A CONNECTION
From Uganda: "Letters to children are very important. When the child’s name is read out loud at the Compassion center as having received a letter, the excitement and joy is contagious! As the children read the letters, they see you. If they don’t have your photo, they paint the best picture of you in their minds, and that remains in their hearts forever. They talk about you to their family every day as they pray for you. The tell their neighbors, friends, and schoolmates because you are alive in their lives."
17. A LETTER STRENGTHENS RELATIONSHIP
From Tanzania: "The relationship a child feels from knowing the sponsor family through letters is one of very close friends. Children also get to know other parts of the world and what they look like. Children are also motivated to learn English when they receive sponsor letters."
16. A LETTER BECOMES A TREASURE TO YOUR CHILD
From Kenya: "Those letters are kept where they cannot be rained on, even if other household things can be rained on."
15. A LETTER CAN HELP OVERCOME OBSTACLES
From El Salvador: "Some of the children who have graduated from their child development centers are now worship ministers, teachers, and professionals. They cherish all the letters and memories, mentioning that the letters from sponsors helped them overcome obstacles during the formation of their lives."
14. A LETTER MAKES YOUR CHILD SMILE
From Brazil: "When children are surprised by the arrival of letters from their sponsors, we can see their faces shine with happiness, reflecting the joy in their hearts. Nothing compares to their joy, and it is something that comes from inside."
13. A LETTER ENCOURAGES KINDNESS
From Togo: "Children become kinder because they want to show their sponsors they care for others and are behaving well."
12. A LETTER SETS HIGH EXPECTATIONS
From Kenya: "Whenever the children are assembled and it is mentioned that the teacher wants to give them letters from sponsors, all the children keep quiet and stay attentive with a very high expectation to receive a letter from their sponsor. The joy, happiness, and the glow evident in the children’s faces is a clear indication that sponsor letters play a significant part in their lives."
11. A LETTER IS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE
From Ethiopia: "Children take your letters as a sign of your concern and an expression of your love. The children’s parents are amazed that somebody is taking time to think of them, as poor as they are. Sponsor letters are making church leaders and child development center staff renew their concern and love for the children and families they serve."
10. A LETTER IS LIKE A GIFT
From Ecuador: "To the children, your sponsor letter is like a gift. When they receive your letters, the children feel they are worth it, that they are taken into account, that someone loves, remembers, and cares for them."
9. A LETTER MAKES YOUR CHILD FEEL LIKE SOMEONE TO LEAN ON
From Kenya: "When sponsors share their feelings and prayer requests, the children feel more wanted and cared for. Some children who are orphaned feel so loved that they refer to their sponsors as Mom or Dad. This helps boost the emotional status of these children. They have a shoulder to lean on."
8. A LETTER MAKES YOU AN IMPORTANT FRIEND TO YOUR CHILD
From Nicaragua: "For many children who do not have a dad or mom at home, who have not received love and affection, their sponsors are their most important friends. There are many children who share needs or secrets only with their sponsors."
7. A LETTER HELPS YOUR CHILD LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE
From Kenya: "When sponsor letters tell children that they are the best and that God loves them, the children’s self-worth is lifted forever, and they live with confidence. Children gladly share with their friends the information, the stickers, the verses, Christmas or Easter wishes, and all the other gifts they receive from sponsors.
Children are also deeply moved by the love expresses for them in these letters. One letter read, "We have hung your photo on the wall and we ask God to bless you every time we see you." The children cannot hide their emotions when they receive such messages. They are moved to tears, and they bless God for giving them such wonderful friends to walk closely with through the journey of life. They forget the weary burdens that sometimes pull them down. The children are compelled to keep these letters, and they read them time and again. Optimism and hope are reflected on the faces of the children as they read and mediate on the the encouraging messages."
6. A LETTER EXPRESSES AFFECTION
From El Salvador: "It is wonderful to see the children’s smiles when they receive letters from their sponsors, as they feel the love and care from people who, without knowing them, express how important and valuable the children are. Most of the children do not receive such affection in their homes from their parents or caregivers."
5. A LETTER IS ASSURING TO YOUR CHILD
From Kenya: "I know a child who keeps carrying her sponsor’s letters to school. She said when there is no one near her to encourage her through difficulties, she reads her sponsor’s letters and she feel assured to be a winner."
4. A LETTER CAN MOTIVATE
From Nicaragua: "When a child receives a letter, it is like a little message of love that moves him or her to do extraordinary things and to dream."
3. A LETTER MAY HELP YOUR CHILD ACCEPT JESUS
From Ethiopia: "There are children who accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior due to sponsor letters’ impact and prayers."
2. A LETTER BRINGS HEALING
From Togo: "Once, a child’s parent told me that when y assistant brought a letter to her sick child, the child got up immediately from the sick bed. After the letter was read to him, he embraced for a long time the photo contained in the letter. And that marked the sudden end of that sickness."
1. A LETTER EXPRESSES LOVE
From Ecuador: "Every Saturday we pray for the sponsors. The other day I took a giant world map and 9-year-old girl stood up, pointed to the country where her sponsor lives, and said, ‘How is it that someone who lives so far away can love me? Maybe it is like God, that even when we are far away and don’t know Him, He still loves me.’ I cried. I cried a lot."