one person can make a difference Here are 10 great reasons to write your sponsored child. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference in his or her life!

  1. You were hand-placed for a purpose.
    God paired you with your child for a reason. Ever think about that? Out of all the kids in the world, He picked your child. Out of all the sponsors, He sent you. You have unique words of encouragement, insights, and experiences that your child needs to hear.
  2. You can change your child’s story.
    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. Don’t know what that is? Trust God to work that out. All you have to do is start writing.
  3. It takes less than five minutes.
    It doesn’t take long to send a quick note to your child — especially with our new online letter-writing tool. Pick a fun template, write a few words, upload some photos, and you’re done. It’s a five-minute investment your child will never forget.
  4. It might be the most important thing you do all day.
    Between deadlines and to-do lists, it’s easy to lose sight of why we come to work every day. Writing to your child is a great way to refocus, reprioritize and remember why we do what we do. Most of all, you’re speaking life and hope to a child who desperately needs that reminder.
  5. You can break the lie of poverty.
    Poverty is a lie that says, “You don’t matter.” You help shatter that lie with every letter you send to your sponsored child.
  6. You can bring stories to life.
    Don’t know what to say? Share photos — your kids, your pets, your last hike. Don’t let the fact that your activities and experiences might seem foreign to your child, or that your home or clothes are nicer, keep you from sending photos. Your pictures help your child dream and explore.
  7. You can make your child’s day.
    In many of our child development centers, receiving letters is a huge celebration. Imagine how special and honored your child will feel when reminded — in front of all his friends — that someone halfway around the world is thinking of him!
  8. You can make God real.
    Your words can help your child understand that God is real. As you remind your child that you are praying for him or her, share favorite Bible verses, and talk about your own faith journey, you’re helping to shape your child’s journey as well.
  9. You can send more than words.
    Did you know you can send a special gift with your letter? If it’s lightweight and relatively flat, you can include a special surprise with your note: stickers, coloring pages, etc. Click here for a complete list of guidelines.
  10. You can make your child smile.
    There’s a certain type of smile that comes from genuine joy — from feeling truly loved. Each time you write, you’re inspiring a smile. What are you waiting for?
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  1. Feb 11, 2013
    at 10:40 am

    Great list! In addition, you can bring the world to your child! So many of our kids won’t get the chance to travel far from their communities, so I love sending them pictures and info about places around the world.

  2. Kwehangana Nicholus
    Feb 11, 2013
    at 10:44 am

    It was always a great joy to me and my family seeing my sponsor writing to me.I am even now inspired when i read through the letters i received long ago.

  3. Laura
    Feb 11, 2013
    at 12:50 pm

    Great post! Thank you for the encouragement!

  4. Paula
    Feb 11, 2013
    at 2:09 pm

    And it’s fun!!

  5. ruth
    Feb 11, 2013
    at 4:22 pm

    I just finished sending email notes to each of my sponsor kids – and there are a lot of them! I just sat down with a coffee and saw this article! It is hard to write sometimes but the thought of the kids receiving my letters puts a smile on my face!

  6. Feb 11, 2013
    at 7:16 pm

    This was an excellent list – truly inspiring! Thanks so much.

  7. Feb 11, 2013
    at 8:58 pm

    Started sending this month’s letters early this evening. Four, maybe five, more, and I’ll have sent love their way, again!

  8. Joan Huhn
    Feb 12, 2013
    at 11:20 am

    I have to say when I read all the don’t of writing I felt stymied and as if all things were out of the question. I don’t want to show photos because something might indicate where I live and how we live. It is all to be quite vague. Thanks for starting to encourage more freedom.

    • Susan Sayler
      Feb 12, 2013
      at 11:33 am

      Hi Joan! I am sooo sorry that you have felt stymied by our letter writing guidelines! :( That is definitly not our intention! You should check out the “About Letter Writing” tab on this blog. We have a whole host of other posts with great ideas to get you started. -Susan

  9. Nancy hamby
    Feb 12, 2013
    at 6:24 pm

    The best part is that the kids write back! After a long day i come home and find a letter in my mailbox, with drawings and pictures.
    And they always give ME encouragement and pray for my family.
    How wonderful is that?

  10. Erica Bloomingdale
    Feb 13, 2013
    at 6:19 am

    I am making a small photo album to send to my child and I was wondering if it would be alright to include wedding photo’s? In the past I have only sent photo’s that are of us in normal clothes because I didn’t want to make my child feel bad. After reading this article, I feel like it might be okay to include a few pictures but I would like some honest feedback . Thanks!

  11. Feb 13, 2013
    at 3:25 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this post! As someone who has made it my missions to inspire sponsors to write to their children, I will be sure to pass this along.

    If you’re looking for letter writing ideas and inspiration, feel free to click my name in blue to visit my blog!

  12. Feb 16, 2013
    at 11:22 pm

    8. You can make God real.
    Your words can help your child understand that God is real. As you remind your child that you are praying for him or her, share favorite Bible verses, and talk about your own faith journey, you’re helping to shape your child’s journey as well.

    Out of the 10 reasons listed, this one is the most important to me. We have been sponsoring two children for over 3 years now. Our goal is to help them get on the right track and grow to have a true relationship with Christ. We can’t physically be there, but this is the next best thing. It’s not just money we are providing, it’s hope, love and compassion. I am proud to be a sponsor and supporter.

  13. Feb 18, 2013
    at 10:31 am

    A letter can change lives. Its happened to me. Even the bible says in Proverbs 12:25, Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop : but a good word maketh it glad

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