Child photos It’s been eight months since my last sponsor letter photos post, so I felt it was high time to raid our digital library again and round up another batch of photos showing sponsored children reading letters from their sponsors. Hope you like ‘em.

If you have trouble viewing the slideshow above, you can view the photos on Flickr.

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  1. Mike Stephens
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 3:19 am

    Next should be sponsors reading their letters!!!!!!! haha!

  2. Amy Wallace
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 4:11 am

    Thanks for sharing these pictures!

  3. Jul 14, 2009
    at 7:05 am

    Beautiful pictures!

  4. Cheryl
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 7:22 am

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. Every once in awhile, I will pull all the letters from one of my kids and reread them as well. It is amazing the connection you feel towards them when you communicate with them via letters. And how incredible that we get these years to speak words of life and hope into them.

  5. Jul 14, 2009
    at 8:18 am

    Thanks for including the link for those of us who get only the black square. I enjoy the pic’s!

  6. Lauri Alward
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 10:04 am

    Good one Mike, only at our house you would have to start at the mail box, when a person realizes that there’s a letter and goes through the ‘should I hide it and hog it all to myself’ phase into the ‘ha ha, I got it first’ phase and the ensuing wrestling match for the ultimate victory of being the first to read it :)

  7. Mike Stephens
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 11:54 am

    @Lauri Alward

    that’s a great problem to have ;) I do not have that problem currently b/c my parents sponsor their own child and on occasion I do read their letters but have plenty of my own

  8. Tiffany Morgan
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 12:09 pm

    is there anyway to get a video link to this to show it for Compassion events??

  9. Jul 14, 2009
    at 12:19 pm

    @Tiffany Morgan – When viewing the slideshow, in the upper-right hand corner you will see the word share. Click on share and you can grab the URL and / or embed code.

  10. Mike Stephens
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 12:22 pm

    I was hoping to see one of the kids I sponsor!!!!!!! Maybe part III ;)

    • Abbie
      Apr 3, 2015
      at 10:01 pm

      I thought the first girl in the first picture looked like my first sponsored child. Both are beautiful, though this girl is older.

      • Susan Sayler
        Apr 6, 2015
        at 3:42 pm

        Hi Abbie! Great eye! Regrettably, this post was written in 2009 and none of your children were in our program at that point. Thanks so much for loving and investing in young girl’s lives!

  11. Cathy
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 1:16 pm

    Thank you, Thank you for sharing the pictures.

    God Bless You!

  12. Mike Stephens
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 10:15 pm

    I looked at some of the cyclone/typhoon pictures and am amazed how I can see the devastation and just not feel anything even though I know they must have lost so much! I simply cannot relate b/c nothing like that has never happened to me. I have felt loss, just in different ways…smaller ways like losing my Compassion backpack which doesn’t come close to losing a house.

  13. Jul 15, 2009
    at 3:49 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! Please keep these coming in the future!

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  15. Jul 16, 2009
    at 3:02 pm

    I know I’m biased, but the picture with the three girls has to have three of the cutest Compassion kids ever who write the greatest letters.

  16. Stephanie green
    Jul 16, 2009
    at 3:59 pm


    Thanks SO much for posting these! I hope you’ll continue to do so.It really gives us a window into their world and helps us imagine our own children with their letters.

  17. Abi Knutson
    Aug 4, 2009
    at 12:54 am

    @Lauri Alward – That’s amazing! Thanks for sharing! I just became a sponsor in July and haven’t yet received my first letter – and I can’t wait! These pictures make me want to sit down and write another one myself, just to know that my child gets that excited and that someday, thanks to your post, I’m going to be able to run into the house and share with everyone that I got a letter! :D That’s such an awesome mental picture! :) Thanks!

  18. Marian
    Aug 4, 2009
    at 9:20 am

    I have sent letters to the sponsored child, but I have not seen any picutres of him and his family nor have I received any information about him since last writing to him.

  19. Allen
    Aug 4, 2009
    at 12:33 pm


    Hi Marian — It’s taken about 6 months for me to receive the first letter from my sponsored children. After that, the time is usually more like 3-4 months at the most between letters. Keep sending mail to your child! He will receive it and enjoy it even if it takes some time for you to hear back.

  20. Aug 4, 2009
    at 1:52 pm

    @Marian – Hi, Marian – I have received a first letter in as little as two months and as long as 4 months, but I have heard a number of people who have waited for 6 months. Part of it, I think, depends on the country, possibly on the processes at the given project. It may also depend on where the project is located and accessibility between there and the country office. I have often said that child sponsorship is an ongoing lesson in delayed gratification.

    When that first letter comes, it may be full of warmth and gladness on the part of the child; or a somewhat quieter thanks to you for your sponsorship. It may also be a form letter used by the project and including some basic information about the child.

    Please keep in mind that even children in our own culture need time to learn to write letters–which is often a foreign concept in the countries where our children live. Some will be more expressive than others, but with patience on your part, a lot of love and encouragement in your letters, a relationship will develop. Meanwhile, your child will be receiving an education, a good meal at the center, medical/dental care, and spiritual training with many opportunities to receive Jesus Christ.

    It’s worth the wait!

  21. Bethany Jennings
    Aug 25, 2009
    at 8:23 am

    That was so great! When I visited my compassion child, Daniel in Bolivia, he had all of my letters and pictures together in a box. He had one of the pictures I had sent him up in his home. It was so great!

  22. susan martin
    Feb 2, 2010
    at 5:14 pm

    thank you for sharing this. I just signed uup for my first sponsorship and now have visuals of what it might be like for my child to receive her first letter from me. I can hardly wait to begin developing a relationship with her and hopefully her family as well.

  23. Heather
    Mar 29, 2010
    at 11:03 am

    I just started sponsoring a child this week. Anyone have a sponsored child in El Salvador? How long does it take for you to get your letters?

  24. Mar 29, 2010
    at 1:27 pm

    Hi, Heather, and thanks for sponsoring a child! If you go to and register, once your account is set up, you can find not only other sponsors of kids in El Salvador, but you can search for other sponsors whose kids are in the same project as yours.

    You may need to wait, a bit, until you know Compassion has you in the database as a sponsor. I don’t remember whether you need your sponsor # to register on

    An unhelpful answer to your last question is, “It depends.” On the country, on the location of the project…it can take several months. I’ve heard as long as 6 months, maybe more, although I’ve never had to wait that long.

    Just know that there will be great rejoicing, when your child learns she or he has a sponsor! Blessings to you!

  25. Heather
    Mar 29, 2010
    at 4:31 pm

    Thanks so much Vicki! I didn’t know about OurCompassion, now I’m signed up!

  26. Mehu Micial
    Jul 30, 2013
    at 7:31 pm

    I remember pleasure of reading my sponsor. god bless you (The Johnston Family)

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