Carolyn’s sponsorship story started almost 20 years ago after hearing a ministry presentation. The name of her first sponsored child was Danny and he was from Honduras.
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.
A translator selection process starts when a need is expressed by one of our departments. Child-sponsor correspondence translation is the largest demand.
Even though we were a few months into the child sponsorship journey with Compassion (researching the organization, praying about sponsoring a child, and then finally sponsoring two children)there was still a piece of me that had felt distant from the process. Until now.
The monthly cost of sponsorship requires sacrifices — eating out less often, engaging in recreational activities less frequently, and so on. But we make other, less recognized sacrifices, and they do cost us something.
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.
Questions about correspondence are among the most common we hear among support community and in the contact center.
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?
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.
Rendel hoped that maybe today his sponsor would send him something — just a few words, a picture, anything.
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.
Kim assumed that our ministry would change her perspective as an adult, but wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to her children. After becoming a sponsor, she has seen first-hand six ways child sponsorship has changed the lives of her 6 and 2-year-olds.
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.
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.
Out of 3,500 letters from our Project Facilitators, we compiled a list of 10 of the most motivating reasons to write your child.
My sponsored child asks me to pray for his studies and please pray for rain for the crops. I toss the letter on the couch and move on with my day. I’ve read it all before and as a city girl the request for rain means little to me.
To help you feel more closely connected with your child, we’re implementing four changes to our correspondence process in the next year.
One sentence from a little girl an ocean away immediately and forever changed my perspective.
The Honduras Compassion office receives an average of 15,000 to 18,000 letters per month. The handling of so many letters and packages requires a well-trained correspondence team. This group of people takes their job seriously and knows well how to manage the pressure of receiving so many letters. Every one of them is an expert…
The first letters are a cornerstone to building the new relationship between sponsor and sponsored child. These letters make the sponsorship commitment more personal, and now Vanesa and Alexandra will be waiting to hear back from their sponsors.
A short message from the sponsor could play a vital role in the life of a child. The letter is not only a piece of paper, but it is a tool that builds a friendship between a child and a sponsor. It can develop a heavenly bond of love.
Ouma Willy, a former Leadership Development Program student who currently studies at Moody Bible Institute, shares his experience as a recipient of letters from sponsors. His testimony will no doubt encourage you to keep writing to your sponsored children!
This work is imperfect because it involves people. Compassion is not program-focused (though program models are used) – it’s intensely, insanely, beautifully child-focused. And sometimes, all of the questions in your letters don’t get answered. Sometimes a child drops out of the program and you don’t get an explanation. Sometimes, you feel frustrated because you…
One-to-one sponsorship helps children across the globe write off poverty and begin living a lives of hope. And it begins when someone picks up a child packet and makes the commitment to sponsor a child. That’s when our sponsorship notification process gets rolling.
“They wonder why they don’t get a letter or a card. Of course we explain the situation to them and tell them it’s because they don’t have a sponsor, but that’s not enough for a child. This is something that makes unsponsored kids feel very sad and even discouraged.” — Yovi de Racines, Secretary of…