getting to know How many of us sit in front of a blank computer screen or sheet of paper wondering what to share with our sponsored child? What do you say or not say? What would he or she be interested in knowing?

A group of older children in Ethiopia were asked, “What do you want to know about your sponsor?”

What do you think of their questions below?

The gospel of the kingdom of heaven is spreading rapidly in my country. How is it in your country? — Addisu, age 20

What is the name of the church you go to? — Birhanemeskel, age 15

What do you do for a living? — Desalegn, age 13

What motivated you to sponsor me? Who influenced you to make this decision? — Yabsira, age 18

Contemplating what to share in a sponsor letter.

From the Bible, which story do you like the most? — Ashenafi, age 12

What is your view about women’s equality? — Weineshet, age 13

What is your favorite food? — Aynalem, age 10

What are the names of your children? — Temesgen, age 10

Do you have any knowledge of our cultural food called doro wot? — Lidya, age 9


Questions compiled by field communications staff member Eldad Girma.

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  1. Audrey
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 7:24 am

    Desalegn, 12, of Ethiopia asked me:

    “Do I live in a developed country”?
    “Are there wild animals in my country?”

    You gotta love ‘em!

  2. Alice Green
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 8:10 am

    My child in Rwanda could not understand my name being a color. I love her letters.

  3. Brittany Holmes
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 10:28 am

    My sponsored child from India is obsessed with the weather. She’s 10 and I’ve been sponsoring her for three years, and almost every letter we send to one another involves weather patterns and seasons. In fact, one of the gifts her center bought her with donation money was an umbrella! She loves to tell me when it’s monsoon season, snowy season, hot, etc. I figured since she writes about it so much, I’d follow her ways and inform her of the weather in America. I live in the Heartland/Midwest and so it could be 90 today and snowing tomorrow! :)

  4. Olivia
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 12:26 pm

    Hey. My sponsored child always asks me about my pet. ;) she also like to hear about the weather, and my family.

  5. Stephanie Green
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 2:26 pm

    My older kids really seem to like to hear about our family, our schooling, about the education system here, about my college experience and what I did for a living. They also like to hear about how I serve in my church and I how I work in children’s ministry. I LOVE writing to older kids !!

  6. Rebecca
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 5:07 pm

    Our little girl in Bangladesh loves flowers and always asks us what’s blooming. Unfortunately, living in Seattle, half the year we have nothing to say. :) Our little girl in Colombia always asks about everything we are doing (school, work, church, family, etc), and, most precious, she always asks about her “brother and sister in Christ”, our two other sponsored children. :)

  7. Maryann
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 5:17 pm

    My girl in Burkina Faso seems interested in our garden and in whether we got enough rain. :) I did explain at one point that we don’t grow our own food in our garden – that other people grow food and we buy it from them, and we have only flowers in our garden – but I don’t think I’ve managed to quite jump the cultural gap on this subject. :)

  8. emily
    Apr 13, 2012
    at 10:39 pm

    Some great questions, i would never think to answer some of those questions without first being asked. Cant wait to see some of the questions my new sponsor kiddos want to know. the child i have sponsored the longest has asked me favorite color, if i knew who the soccer player Michael Essian is, and if i had a best friend and what we liked to do.

  9. Debbie Beghetto
    Apr 14, 2012
    at 6:09 pm

    My sponsor boy from Mexico, asked me if the deer in your backyard yours? (while back… I send him a photo of a deer in our yard having a drink from the birdbath). He mention to me in the letter,he wished he was the deer cuz he wanted to see me so much….

    • Rachel Lynn
      Jun 11, 2012
      at 12:19 pm

      Aww, that is so precious!

  10. Aura
    Apr 14, 2012
    at 10:47 pm

    My sponsored child in Togo asked ‘Does the snow damage your car?’

  11. Judith Tremblaymiztremblay
    Apr 15, 2012
    at 6:58 am

    Aww, Debbie! Such a heartwarming comment, and heartbreaking all in one. These children sure can surprise us, eh? It’s a testament, though, to the bond these letters create between sponsors & children that goes beyond mere pen pal.

    I’ve had children ask if I’ve ever been to there country before, and would I come visit them. I would go in a heartbeat if I was able to just save up the money first. :) I’m glad to have enough extra to sponsor my children, but there’s not too much extra these days, unfortunately.

  12. Linda T.
    Apr 15, 2012
    at 4:41 pm

    Nayelli, age 7, from Ecuador, wants to know what I was like as a child. That will be the subject of my next letter, along with a picture of myself at age 7.

    • Jen D
      Apr 16, 2012
      at 8:52 pm

      What a great idea!

    • Reva
      Apr 17, 2012
      at 9:30 pm

      I love that!! Would make a cute homemade book/scrapbook! Maybe for a birthday.. “When I was_ years old”….. with different pictures and/or drawings of things done and liked at that age. I am working on “Where I live” book for one of my kids that wanted to know more about where I live. No pictures of material things. Just scenery and things in my yard, plants, tree, animals, looking down my road (I live in the country), and my mail box:)

  13. Apr 16, 2012
    at 9:46 am

    My little girl Sheyla from Peru wrote: “I didn’t know that you taught math, then I got a question for you. Do you like icecream?”

    • Jacquie Parella
      Apr 16, 2012
      at 10:08 am

      That just made me laugh out loud!!!

    • alice
      Apr 16, 2012
      at 7:05 pm

      I love that! Just get to the important stuff, right?!

  14. Jenn G
    Apr 16, 2012
    at 3:58 pm

    My 7 year old little girl from the Philippines always asks me about holidays and if I celebrate certain holidays like her. Almost every letter I get is telling me about a holiday and asking if I have one or asking about a holiday I tell her about.

  15. alice
    Apr 16, 2012
    at 7:04 pm

    One of my sponsor children is a precious little 9-year-old from the Philippines. She writes me long letters once or twice a month. Once she asked me how was the bonding going with my daughters! (They are 6 and 8). I don’t know where she got that term/concept from, but it made me smile.

  16. Caitlin
    Apr 19, 2012
    at 6:48 am

    Ah those questions are so adorable. Our sponsor children are in guetamala and are only 4 and 6. They ask about our pets, what we do for Christmas/Easter and they ask us what we like to do such as hobbies.

  17. Kris
    Apr 21, 2012
    at 11:00 pm

    One of my sponsored children from Kenya (who was new to me) wrote me an effusive first letter, in which she declared “I welcome you to my family (in Kenya).” I thought that was incredibly sweet, and now I use the phrase with all my other sponsored children. Don’t you love it when a child teaches you something wonderful and important?

  18. Katie
    May 23, 2012
    at 11:26 am

    My 15 year old sponsored girl from Peru always wonders how i spend the holidays in America. I always talk about weather and activities we do. she loves to hear about July 4 over and over again.

  19. sara
    May 31, 2012
    at 6:31 pm

    Can someone tell me where to find what we are not to mention or send photos of? I know I saw this somewhere and I never include anything very personal because I do not want to do anything to offend. I would like to see the guidelines again just to feel comfortable with sharing things like my child is leaving for college, or we are going to the beach it is my favorite place etc…, I know you are not supposed to talk about food since most children do not have an abundance of food. Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks!!

  20. Alyson
    Jul 14, 2012
    at 3:31 pm

    Our sponser child is from Haiti and always asks us how we celebrate Holidays…esp. Christmas and Easter.

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