conversation starters for kids Over the past few months I’ve shared how, while we often don’t know our sponsored children very well, we want our letters to have a personal feel. I’ve found that explaining about ourselves is a great way to start letters and build relationships.

Try answering these questions about yourself and current events. Expand as much as space permits.

Your Family

  1. What are your closest family members like?
  2. What happens when your extended family gets together?
  3. What do you believe is God’s purpose for your family?
  4. What is your biggest challenge as a family?
  5. How has God been faithful to your family?
  6. What prayers has God answered in your family?
  7. Who else in your family knows Jesus? How did they come to know Him?
  8. What’s your favorite thing about your family?
  9. In what way does your family work together best?
  10. What role has your family played in your faith journey?


Current Events

  1. What’s something significant occurring in your town or region right now?
  2. How are you praying about a significant event in your child’s country or region?
  3. What does the Bible say in relation to a current event that concerns you?
  4. How do you overcome anxiety when facing worrisome events?
  5. What goals have you set for yourself? How much progress have you made?
  6. What news has recently made you happy?
  7. How has a recent event impacted your faith?
  8. How does your life fit into a larger trend or situation in your area?
  9. What role has your church played in an area event?
  10. Why do you care about what’s happening around you?

We originally published this post on Jan. 8, 2013.

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  1. Paula
    Jan 9, 2013
    at 12:56 pm

    These are very helpful. Thank you!

  2. Jan 9, 2013
    at 1:21 pm

    Good prompts! I’ve copied and will paste into a Word file the prompts themselves, and print for future letters (coming up in about two weeks). Thank you!

  3. Stephanie T. Green
    Jan 11, 2013
    at 10:40 pm

    Good stuff! I too, have saved them for future reference. Thank you Rachelle!

  4. Teri
    Jan 29, 2013
    at 9:48 am

    These were some great suggestions! I just finished writing to my child…before I read these, but I printed them off to help me with my next letter – thanks!

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