A New Sponsor’s Journey: We Received Our First Letter!

We finally got it! Our first letter from our sponsored child through Compassion International!

young girl holding envelope

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.

Yes, we’ve enjoyed researching our kids’ homelands online.

Yes, we love seeing their pictures hanging on our fridge.

Yes, we pray for them each day.

But to be completely honest, it was still hard to feel that personal connection because there had been no communication between us.

Until now.

This month, we received letters from both of our sponsored children! I don’t know if I can fully express the joy my children and I shared when we found that first  letter in our mailbox.

As soon as we opened it, Gabrielle ceased to be a name on the Internet or simply a picture on the fridge … she became real to us in that moment.

When you receive that first letter, you cannot deny that the money you are sending and the prayers you are lifting up are tangibly changing a child’s life!

My daughter, Kariss, immediately wanted to write back to Gabrielle, answering all of her questions and sharing all about our family life.

We initially tried to do so online, but had trouble with the process of choosing our stationery. So we opted for the paper stationery provided with the letter we had received. (Later we contacted Compassion’s Web Support team and learned that we had simply missed the Continue button on Compassion’s website! If you’ve had difficulty writing your own letters, don’t get discouraged. Contact Web Support to walk you through the process!)

At first, Kariss didn’t know where to start. After all, it can be a daunting task to share your entire 8-year-old life with someone you’ve never met who lives halfway around the world!

So I told her to start with Hello.

young girl writing letter

After all, don’t we all feel better after someone says hello?    🙂

From there, Kariss wrote out her full name and what it means. She talked about her family and what she likes to do after school. She described our home and how much she likes to draw.

Basically, all the important information an 8-year-old can think of, she put in that letter.

And it was honest.

After Hello, she didn’t have to think, ponder or plan … she just wrote.

I pray this is the first of many letters over the years that Kariss and Gabrielle will share. Even more so, I pray that Kariss’ dream of meeting Gabrielle in person ultimately comes true.

But for now, I find joy and contentment in knowing that the simple act of writing a letter while sitting in Nashville, Tenn. is making a world of difference to a little girl somewhere in Brazil.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sami Cone is a published author and seminar speaker who draws on her life experiences to help women realize their full potential. You can keep up with Sami, her family and her frugal adventures on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. JustMe April 24, 2019

    My response when I get a new letter is somewhat like this: “It finally showed up! YESSS!!!!!” And then I scramble to read it. Most of the time I can’t wait for the letter to get here in the mail, so I read it on my account…I’m too impatient lol

  2. Tondja Woods October 26, 2012

    I remember my son’s excitement when he got his first letter. Sponsorship has been a real pleasure. A gift both directions.

  3. Jessica October 26, 2012

    This is such a sweet story!! I remember how excited I was when I received my first letter! The girl I sponsor is from Brazil too! I wonder if they go to the same compassion center?

  4. sbrazell October 24, 2012

    It is such a joy to hear from Stephany! Our Honduras team is there with a little gift for Stephany from me! She has changed my life.

  5. Yvonne October 24, 2012

    I believe all of us have a new appreciation of waiting for the mail once we become sponsors. There is joy in finding a Compassion cream colored envelope! My daughter also will write to her correspondent kids right away when she receives a letter from one of them. The technology is great that we can send online letters, but I love the fact that we can still send a handwritten letter. In our fast paced world, I love that we can slow down enough and take the time to thoughtfully plan out our words to these kids to encourage them and let them know how important they are in our lives.

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