great conversation starters When you need an idea to get your next letter started, you might turn to one of these questions. I hope you find them, and the questions I’ve shared in previous posts, helpful. Which questions have you used when writing to your sponsored child?


  1. How would you describe one of your favorite meals?
  2. How do you prepare one of your favorite meals?
  3. Who taught you to cook or who cooks for you now?
  4. What role does food play in holidays or celebrations?
  5. What’s your favorite holiday food/special food?
  6. Does your family have any food-related traditions?
  7. How does your typical family/group meal proceed?
  8. Who is the best cook you know?
  9. Where did your family’s favorite dishes originate? How did they become favorites?
  10. Have you ever eaten a dish from your child’s country? What did you think?

Your Local Church

  1. How would you describe your pastor?
  2. What do you like about your local church?
  3. What role do you play in your local church?
  4. How do you use your gifts, skills, and passions in your church?
  5. Who is your best friend at church and how did you become friends?
  6. Why is your local church important to you?
  7. How is your church active in the community and world?
  8. How does being a part of the church challenge you?
  9. How do you know God wants you to be part of this church?
  10. How did God lead you into ministry within your local church?

We originally published this post on Feb. 13, 2013.

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  1. Paula
    Feb 13, 2013
    at 12:55 pm

    Thanks so much! I’ve been writing to my little girl each week since I began sponsoring her and I do run out of ideas even though I’m new! Thanks again!

  2. Paula
    Feb 13, 2013
    at 12:58 pm

    Question: I hope I’ve been sending mail in the correct fashion. I place everything in an envelope that is 8 1/2″ x 11, stapled together with the info on each sheet that is required (sponsored child’s name/number & my number). How is it sent to the child?

    • Susan Sayler
      Feb 13, 2013
      at 1:29 pm

      Hi Paula! That sounds perfect!
      It is a good idea to put your child’s name/number and your name/number on every individual item you are sending. All of the letters are bundled together with other letters going to your child’s country. If the items get separated on their way to your child, we will know which child they were intended for.
      If your envelope has your return mailing address on it, we will throw this away because we do not want your contact information to be sent. However, everything inside would be sent to your child. If there is not enough room on the letter/item to write the translation, we will attach a peice of paper with the translation to the original letter. Your child receives your letters just like you receive theirs – both the original and the translation attached to it.

      • Paula
        Feb 13, 2013
        at 1:46 pm

        Thanks so much! As a “new person” to this, I just wanted to confirm that my sponsored child will be receiving my correspondence. :)

  3. Laura
    Feb 13, 2013
    at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing all of these letter prompts. It is always helpful to have more ideas. :)
    So, Susan, on the letter writing, is it helpful to staple the items together, or do you prefer that items not be stapled? If unstapled, would it be better for us not to put our return address on the envelope or to use an outer and inner envelope so that everything stays together? Just wondering. Thanks!

    • Susan Sayler
      Feb 14, 2013
      at 10:48 am

      Hi Laura! I think it’s based on your preference. For me personally, some things work better stapled (like a small booklet for example), but others work better in an inner envelope (like several small stickers). Sometimes when I buy a card at the store, there is a nice envelope so I will decorate the envelope to be sent to the child and send it in a larger envelope. Again, both ways are fine and acceptable. It depends on your personal preference.

  4. Laura
    Feb 14, 2013
    at 6:09 pm

    Thank you, Susan! That is helpful to know. :)

  5. Lory
    Aug 6, 2013
    at 9:53 am

    If I send an online letter, does it get printed so he has a copy?

    • Susan Sayler
      Aug 6, 2013
      at 10:44 am

      Hi Lory! Yes, when you send an online letter we will print it out (in color) so that he can keep a copy and cherish it. :)

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