positive words for kids You will often hear us mention the importance of writing letters to your sponsored child. That is because your letters have proven, over and over again, to be a precious gift to those receiving them.

The things you share in your letters may sometimes feel like everyday news to you, but the truth is, your words encourage, motivate and provide tangible evidence to a child living in poverty that he or she is loved.

Recently we asked a group of children in Togo this question,

What is the most interesting thing your sponsor has written and told you?

Here are some of their answers…

He told me he has twins, and they are beautiful like me. ~Karisse, Age 12

Everytime my sponsor writes to me, he always asks after my family. ~Gloria, Age 8

My sponsors told me I am very beautiful and they love me. They also said that they are happy to be my sponsors. ~Clarisse, Age 10

Clarisse, Age 10

She informed me that she was about to have a newborn and the baby will be my friend. ~Jean Jacques, Age 11

My sponsor told me that he loves me. He also asked me to keep on praying for him and his family. ~Woevi, Age 10

She says it’s cold in their country. In hot weather, they swim to avoid the heat. ~Alice, Age 9

Alice, Age 9

She told me she is an athlete. She asked me to love my neighbours because God loves those who love others. ~Woetsa, Age 10

My sponsor told me that I am handsome and I am her best friend. ~Jacques, Age 8

My sponsor said he has three children and all of them love me. I am glad that I have friends abroad. ~Godwin, Age 8

Godwin, Age 8

She loves my designs so I want to do better when I write to her. ~Medard, Age 11

Medard, Age 11 (center)

My sponsor told me that it snows before every Christmas, every house is white and the flowers change color. The Christmas is called “White Christmas.” ~Kaleb, Age 9

She said I’m intelligent, my drawings in the letters are very beautiful and I have a bright future. ~Tonton, Age 10



Question and answers compiled by Field Communications Specialist, Bernard Gbagba

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  1. Mar 7, 2012
    at 5:19 am

    Love, love, love this post! Thank you!

  2. Nina
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 6:48 am

    The things these children remembered most often is the love and encouragement their sponsors have sent! Everyone take notice! EVERY sponsor needs this message!

  3. Mar 7, 2012
    at 7:03 am

    This is a great post, and I love the beautiful photos that go with it! Thanks so much!

  4. Mar 7, 2012
    at 7:47 am

    What a great twist to a post about letter writing. It’s so interesting to read the kids’ answers. And I love the colorful clothing on the beautiful children!

  5. Mandy
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 7:48 am

    Sometimes I feel like my letters just sort of fly into the abyss. I love getting reminders that there are kids on the other side of the world that are actually reading them and being encouraged. Thanks!

  6. Cathy
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 7:54 am

    Thank you so much for this!! I was feeling so unsure of what to write for so long, but when writing this last letter God really put it on my heart to encourage the child we sponsor. If you can think back to being a child, remember how much even the smallest amount of encouragement meant to you. It could be the difference between giving up on something or gaining the confidence to take another step forward. This inspires me to try harder to love on and encourage our sponsored child, so that he can become all that God has called him to be!

  7. Cheri Duchrow
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 8:21 am

    This is great. I noticed too how many remembered that their sponsors loved them and the encouragement they received. We just had a letter writing party and each person shared something from one of their’s child’s letter that was interesting. This post will be great to share at our next letter writing party.

  8. Jessica
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 8:40 am

    Wow, this was really encouraging- thank you!

  9. Mar 7, 2012
    at 9:04 am

    Great post! This will be something great to share at our upcoming sponsor letter writing night!

  10. Stephanie Green
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 10:06 am

    THANK YOU for this. Something we all need to hear. I love the addition of pictures this time :-)

    Will you please continue posts like this, where sponsored children are asked about their relationships with their sponsors? What an encouragement!!

  11. Mar 7, 2012
    at 4:37 pm

    Jesus loves the little children of the world. Jesus said,”Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” {Matthew 19:14 NKJV}
    Here is a little chorus for all God’s little lambs: I am, I am, I am
    I am a little lamb
    And I know Jesus loves me so
    Because He loves the lambs.

    God Bless “Ewe” All!

  12. Mar 7, 2012
    at 5:20 pm

    So precious! Sometimes I feel like I just ramble on in my letters, so it makes me happy to know that the kids are enjoying what we write!

  13. Deb L
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 7:31 pm

    So encouraging. Thank you. Off to write another letter.

  14. Jeanna
    Mar 7, 2012
    at 9:08 pm

    New to this, I was so happy to read of the responses of the children not knowing what to expect. I am eager to sit down with my family to write our first letter to our sponsored child. Thank you for this post!!

  15. Mar 7, 2012
    at 10:48 pm

    I often tell my kids how beautiful / handsome they are. I recently received a letter from my boy in Thailand who said “Thank you for saying I am handsome. I am handsome and my friends agree.” It made me laugh. We never know how much our words mean to our kids, even the ones who know they are handsome :)

    Love to hear more of these :)

  16. Bernadette
    Mar 11, 2012
    at 5:48 am

    I also agree to these children. Every single letter sent and every word told is treasured by kids… kids love it when you tell them you are praying for them, and love them for who they are, and tell them they are beautiful and God loves them. These words become the mold that shapes these kids into good people that God wants them to be…I can attest to that…

    by the way, I am a former Compassion child myself, and even now that I am already 29 years old and actually turning 30, I still hold on to the good words of my wonderful sponsors that they are praying for me.. they have become not just friends but also a family….i hope all sponsors reading this will be encouraged more… :)

  17. Joseph Engel
    Mar 11, 2012
    at 3:21 pm

    There should be a post/article on things that our sponsored children have told us… I have some good ones.

  18. Joanna
    Mar 12, 2012
    at 8:14 am

    The thing that struck me about the kids’ answers is the simplicity. Sometimes when I can’t think of what to say in my letters I just say “I love you, and I’m praying for you.” This post was encouraging to me because it showed me just how much those words can mean to a child.

  19. Mary
    Mar 17, 2012
    at 10:24 pm

    Thank you for this post! It is sometimes so easy to forget that simple things like ‘I am praying for you’ or simply asking about their family. It is a reminder that although we may have much, they can have so little.

  20. Beth Richardson
    Apr 3, 2012
    at 9:29 pm

    Are these quotes all from one project? I am curious because I have a Kaleb age 9 (about to be 10) in Togo. I am wondering if that was his quote :) Thanks.

    • Shaina Moats
      Apr 13, 2012
      at 11:07 am

      I checked and Kaleb is actually your sponsored child! He’s talking about you. :)

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