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It’s just the beginning of October, but mail to our sponsored children takes time to arrive, which makes now the time to be thinking about the Christmas letter you send to your child.

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Tapon showing photos of his sponsor

Through our child development centers, the ministry has initiated a new type of friendship in Bangladesh. For sponsored children, friendship isn’t limited to age, distance or culture.

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We are enjoying the last bits of summer here in central California, where I live with my family. But we are quickly moving into the fall season as kids head back to school, thoughts of homemade soups and bread fill my head, and I start thinking about pulling out the warmer clothes as we head…

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rescued letters

If you were forced to quickly leave your home of 17 years, what items would you grab first? For Maribel, she rescued the items most valuable to her — her sponsor’s letters.

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SAWADOGO Abdoul Kader playing soccer

Sports are pretty beloved here in the United States. But do you know that sports are popular in other countries?

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letter templates

If you are having a hard time writing to your sponsored child, here are four reasons to try writing online!

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reynolds family

Do you have a favorite season? Most of us do and we all have great reasons why that particular season is our favorite. Have you asked your sponsored child what his or her favorite season is?

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fathers day pin

This Father’s Day spend a little extra time in your letters reminding your sponsored children about their Heavenly Father who loves them and cares for them each and every day.

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Pinterest is a wonderful place for us to connect as sponsors and share letter writing ideas. Building on the online letter writing event that Compassion has on the second Friday of every month, we’ve created a new Pinterest board for letter writing and you are welcome to join us as a contributor.

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Esther and Marcos work at the Compassion office in Lima, Peru. They were both sponsored children. Angie has just recently been sponsored. The three of them taught Pastor Ken Burkey about the power of a letter.

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letter exchange_brazil

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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one-person-can-make-a-difference

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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fritz letter award

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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girl-in-haiti-with-letter

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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letter writing FI

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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