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For many of us, the letters we exchange are the closest we’ll ever come to our sponsored children. And even though we may understand the impact of our letters, it is still difficult to actually make the time to write a letter. That’s just reality.

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It might seem like just words on a page. But something in your letter will change your child’s thinking, draw him closer to God, encourage her to dream.

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good-writing-prompts

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin a letter to your sponsored child. Here are twenty questions to help you get your letters started.

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power in a name

While the significance of a name may not carry as much weight as it previously did in Western culture, one’s name is still the most distinguishing characteristic an individual in a developing country clings to.

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writing prompt ideas

Children don’t always have the skill to carry on letter “conversations.” Giving them information about ourselves is a good place to start.

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In the Philippines, godparents are not blood relatives, yet they are looked upon as second parents. Through letter writing, one sponsor has earned that position in the life of her sponsored child.

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Wolly was a sponsored child in the 1970s and 1980s. At at our Child Letter Campaign in East Indonesia, Wolly shared how his sponsor’s letters gave him strength to reach his dreams.

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Sponsored children need encouragement from sponsors who believe in their potential to do well. Words of encouragement in a letter can make all the difference.

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When someone at the grocery store is rude to you or your friend is a bit short, it’s always good to remember that you have no idea the struggles and challenges that they are facing at that exact moment — so extend grace to them!

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For children in Togo and around the world, a letter from a sponsor is a source of great joy. Most children see letters as gifts from the hearts of their sponsors.

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Sorting letters in our office in Inda

Questions about correspondence are among the most common we hear among support community and in the contact center.

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The relational aspect of sponsorship is not just important in getting people to become sponsors. It is important throughout the sponsorship journey, because love is best shown in a relational context.

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Contemplating what to share with her sponsor.

How many of us sit in front of a blank computer screen or piece sheet of paper wondering what to share with our sponsored child? What do you say or not say?

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Rendel stayed to the back of the small crowd of children, hoping — but knowing that his name would not be called. It had been three months since letter-writing day.

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Rendel hoped that maybe today his sponsor would send him something — just a few words, a picture, anything.

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a-sponsors-letter

A lot needs to happen before a sponsor like Gayle can receive a letter from her sponsored child. In this video we see the sponsor side of the sponsor-child letter-writing journey.

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Letter writing is essential for the special one to one relationship between children and sponsors. Maria from Bangladesh just found out that she has a sponsor and eagerly writes her first letter.

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In a community where the size of land, number of children and herds of cattle define one’s worth, Suyianga’s family is considered among the lowliest in the community. But today Suyianga is more confident about himself as a result of the encouraging letters he receives from his sponsor.

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Medard, Age 11

The things you share in your letters may sometimes feel like every day news to you but your words encourage, motivate and provide tangible evidence to a child living in poverty that they are loved.

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Feb 14 2012

Hearts Apart Linked by Love

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Ever since I knew about Compassion International and their child sponsorship work helping children in impoverished areas of the world, I knew I wanted a child of our own to sponsor. My idea was to find a boy that my son could correspond with, a boy that had something in common with my son.

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house-guatemala

After taking a trip to Guatemala with Compassion, sponsor and ministry advocate Julie Berger felt a responsibility to protect all other sponsors from what she experienced. Let her explain…

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sam-in-boat-ghana

At first glance, words on pages could seem as though they were merely words, but an 11 year old boy named Sam from Ghana provided a powerful reminder that words prayed over and led by the Spirit have a power and a purpose all their own.

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Since implementing the new online letter writing tool, we receive about 7,000 web letters each day compared to the 1,000 or so we received daily before the tool was implemented.

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family-enjoyng-sponsor-letter

Out of 3,500 letters from our Project Facilitators, we compiled a list of 10 of the most motivating reasons to write your child.

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letter writing ideas

Ideas for writing your sponsored child are a very popular topic on the Compassion blog, OurCompassion, on Facebook…pretty much everywhere.

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