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5 Ways to Build a Relationship With Your Sponsored Child, and Why It Matters
Posted By Web Team On June 4, 2012 @ 3:40 am In Letter Writing,Sponsors and Donors | 36 Comments
A few months ago, I helped people at a local church sign-up to sponsor children. During the first half of my shift, I got asked a lot of questions.
I thought many of the questions were trivial. They made me frustrated. I didn’t think people were grasping the big picture that kids are living in poverty and urgently need help.
But as my shift went on, and as I was continually asked these types of questions, I realized the questions weren’t trivial at all.
In fact, these type of questions were the most important questions that can be asked.
Because sponsoring a child is not about setting up an automatic withdrawal. It is about building a relationship. And in a relationship, the small things matter.
In a relationship, birthdays matter. And communication matters. And gifts matter.
For the rest of my shift, I told people how they could have a relationship with a child. And people responded! Over 110 children were sponsored that morning.
But the relational aspect of sponsorship is not just important in getting people to sign-up. It is also important throughout the sponsorship journey, because love is best shown in a relational context.
And love is what our world needs more than money.
Here are five easy ways to build a relationship with your child, and keep sponsorship from becoming something that just shows up on your monthly bank statement:
Steady, two-way conversation is the first step to developing a great relationship.
Praying for your child will build a desire for a more personal and intimate relationship with him or her.
Compassion may only be able to arrange an afternoon visit with your child, as you will primarily be doing the tasks of the mission trip, but your relationship will be taken to a very real, tangible level.
Talk about your child with other people, and encourage others to get involved in the sponsorship story. This will make your sponsorship experience come alive and matter in your present life. It will help bridge the gap of distance.
These are a few ideas how to build a relationship with your child. If you can’t do all of these, start with just one, and see what a difference it makes.
Do you have other ideas on how to build a relationship with your sponsored child? I would love for you to share them!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joshua Lancette is the Managing Editor of an international academic journal and lives in Denver, Colorado. You can read his blog on life and language  or follow him on Twitter .
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