Compassion UK first posed the question in Twitter.
Grab the last letter you received from your sponsored child and share the closing sentence with us.
We liked the question so we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook friends to participate. Here’s a sample of what they shared.
“I pray that we may live with God up to the end and may God protect us.”
“I say goodbye with many hugs — so long.”
“Please pray that my father will stop drinking liquor.”
“I want to tell you that I already can pray. I keep you in my heart with so much love.”
“Thank you very much for your sponsorship. Do you have happiness? Wish you have happiness.”
“When I grow up I want to be a doctor so I can help all of the kids because I really like the things that the doctor from the center does for us. Goodbye with love and affection.”
“Does the earthquake always happen to your country? Me, I do not know if it will happen, only God knows. Keep on helping me pray for the two months of vacation that I will have. I will pray for you. I love you.”
“With the $25 I bought cookies, candles, milk and Kellog’s, thank you for everything with love.”
”Do you have a swimming pool in your house?”
”I hope to read you soon. For the time, I kiss you. See you soon.”
”One day we will never separate and we will be in our homes, in the place God prepared for us.”
”I dismiss with strong hugs and lots of love.”
How did your sponsored child close his or her last letter to you?
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Letter 1: “I was going through some trouble and I read a Psalm (Psalm 27:10) that comforted me a lot.” Letter 2: “I send you a big hug. I love you, my great friend. PS: I hope you like the drawing.” 🙂
Saray (age 6, so written by her tutor) thanks you for the love that you give her day after day. Saray and her mother thank God for bringing you to her life and they want God to bless you richly. Saray thanks you for your letter.
Here are a few of our children’s last words.
Miguel (17 from the Philippines ends his first letter with): “My prayer request is to finish my studies so I can help my family in the future. Until my next letter! Thank you very much…”
Pankaj (9 years old from India written by his tutor): “You are a big blessing for him.”
Tatiana (8 years old from El Salvador): “I send you many hugs. Merry Christmas.”
Toface (17 years old from Uganda): “I remain your daughter in Jesus Christ. God Bless you.”
Vladimir (16 from the Dominican Republic): “I thank you for your letters and gifts. I ask you to care for me all the time. I say goodbye with love, Vladimir”
“She says goodbye with a warm hug and a kiss.”
His mom wrote one letter and he wrote another.
His mom’s :
Please include in your prayer that Daryll (his first name is Mark… daryll is one of his middle names) can finish his studies. Anyway, How’s your work there? God Bless You
Please help me pray for my studies and my family. Thank you so much for your all support. God bless you.
Ten-year-old Diane always throws in a question at the end of her letter, really cute, here are her finishing sentences of the last two letters:
“Till here is my letter, is there many cars there? I love you!!”
“May you pray for my family, especially for my papa in his going to work. Do you have lots of cats, dogs, chickens, and pigs there? Until here is my letter, thank you.”
The mother of four-year-old Kendy in Indonesia writes “Kendy loves you Dionne, and I hope you become the best teacher for her.”
Written for Eric (10 yrs old) from Kenya: May the good Lord bless you for you have had a big impact to his life and his family — be blessed.
“She wants to tell you that she is praying for you and your family. She also asks you to pray for her family.”
And some past letters:
“She wants you to pray for her family, she’s happy because you are her sponsor and she prays for you every day because she loves you very much.”
“Every day I pray for you and your family.”
I love you.
My 10 year old Sarah from Indonesia recently wrote: “I would like to write and tell you so many things but it would take too much time. Good-bye.” It made me laugh, particularly as she the only one of my kids that I’ve actually met and this is so Sarah 🙂
From Simran in India….. “I am praying for your family so please pray for my family”
10 yo Brittany in Ecuador, “I like to be at the project because they help me with my homework and I write to you and tell you how much I love you. I say goodbyewith a hug across the distance.
I actually haven’t heard from my sponsored child in a while and no matter how often I write, I don’t hear back. Can anyone help me with this?
Eugene, you will want to call (800-336-7676) or e-mail ([email protected]) us regarding this matter. One of our agents will be happy to find out if your child is OK and try to figure out why the child is not writing to you.
Thanks Brett. I’ve emailed before and hear nothing. But I just sent another email. And will call soon. Hope to hear something sooner than later. Thanks a lot.
13-yo Bryan from Peru always closes with “many hugs” and that God would bless my family.
14 yr old Alexin from Haiti writes “Please say a prayer for me because a cholera disease is causing many people death. Pray so that it will not come to my house”. What a powerful reminder.
My sponser child is a 11 year old girl in Ethiopia. In her latest letter she says “pray so that God helps me reach next year peacefully.”
How many of our 11 year olds would have such a simple, but heartfelt request?
My Girl says she prays for Scott and Jilyan to meet her one day and can teach her about the spiritual songs kisses & hugs
I say goodbye with a strong hug and kiss in the name of Jesus.
(she ends each letter this way)
She sends you affectionate hugs and kisses and she dismisses with lots of love.
He wishes so that your brother get well soon. He wishes you and your family all the best.
(My brother has severe autism.)
“Thank you for all the letters you have sent. He gets excited to see the pictures. He loves them and keeps them with his things. He doesn’t like that anybody takes them” written by Adrian’s mom from Ecuador
“Please pray that I have a long life to watch my grandchild grow up” Written by Grandmother of Lisbeth from Ecuador
“You have a wonderful way of sharing your love with someone so far away. I am priviliged to have you as a sponsor and friend. A strong hug. God bless you.” From my 14 year old child
“I’m thankful to God that he brought you into my life. I’m closing this letter by sending you a hug.” From my 11 year old child
“Read Matthew 25:34-40” my 6 yr old daughter from Rwanda told me!
From our 12-year-old in Guatemala: “Los quiero mucho!!! Siempre estan presentes en mi mente y corazon./ I love you a lot!!! You are always present in my mind and heart.”
From Denis, our 4 year old (through his center guide): “He ends by wishing you God’s blessings.” I am so excited to have become a sponsor!
From Manuel……..”I love you.”
15 yr old Uganda, Read this verse Proverbs 8:17:19
May God Bless you signed your loving daughter
5 year old in Indonesia: “I love you, sisters. Jesus bless you with lots of love and peace.”
From our 10-yr old, who lives in the Dominican Republic: “My mom sends you her best wishes. XOXO, Carmen”
Okio in Unganda said, “I will be counting the seconds to see your next letter,bye my love.”
This really highlights how important our letters are to the kids.
Our 7 year old girl from Uganda said “God bless you big!”
From Rowena who is 12 and lives in the Philippines. “Thank you for loving me.”
from beautiful 9 year old David in Ghana, “My prayer is God bless you and lead you in all ways.”
from Ricky in Indonesia, “May God bless Mrs. Jones and family in doing your duties and works. Immanuel”
from 13 year old Laura in Peru: “I want you to pray for my mom because she takes care of us. Pray that God take good care of her. I say good bye with many hugs and kisses.”
“He sends you his love and prayer, he so much loves you. He’s doing well at school and at the center learning good things. Good bye. He always prays for you.”
Greet Preston, Conner and your husband for me. I ask your prayers for my studies. Many hugs.
Nsabimana in Ruwanda said, “Please continue to pray for me, I will pray for you. God bless you.” I feel badly that I don’t write to him as often as I should.
My 12-year old from Bangladesh said “My parents are send their greetings to you. Please pray for us so that we can stay well and I can study well. I also pray for you so that may God bless you all. With love, Bonna.”
Please pray for my elder sister and her husband so that they may stay well. May you stay well. – Your Mira
May the summer time be amusing for you.
Lastly, may great love of God be with you and everybody in your family in Christ…
She says, she love you.
From my 12-year-old in Peru: “I ask you to pray that nothing bad will happen to my family. I send you a kiss and a strong hug.”
Please pray that I will have a good summer and stay safe and healthy.
Thank you for your prayers and friendship, I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
“Thanks for loving me. I wait to get your letter again. Your Nomita”
“He prays that G-d may bless you.”
“Pray for my family and country to be at peace..God bless you.”
I ask you to pray for me and my family and I will do it for you. I say goodbye with love and thank you for your prayers and letters
Please help me to pray every day to be healthy. What do You do to stay healthy? do you like to eat? Thanks for all you do for me and my family. We love you. God bless you.
Our child wrote ‘Mommy, ( he calls me that) please pray that my father will have a job. Until my next letter, God bless you.”
From my 3 year old girl in Honduras:
“The girl send you many hugs and kisses from her, and may God bless you and your family.” This was written by her mother, she is so sweet!
A first letter from my 19 year old in Ethiopia – ” I hope we will meet on another letter but until then bye bye.”
Vignesh wrote: “Once again thank you for your gift and love.”
He’s so easy to love!!
“Please pray for my class and for my spiritual life. Good bye!”
“Emma says his family members were very happy about the gift and they thank you too, may the good Lord bless and reward you abundantly.”
My 18 year old “sister” in India says “My family always pray for you. May God bless you in all fields of your activities. “
“I want to thank you for your help. This is for you.”
Tatiana thanks you for remembering her and for making her feel well. Tatiana says that she and her grandmother are praying for you so that you may have everything you need at home. She asks of your prayers for her studies. With much love she says good bye.
Please do pray for child and his family. We do pray for you all. Thank you.
How is the weather like in your country? Please pray for my family and for my education.
This is written for him by someone at his center, since he is not old enough to write yet:
“…Lester wishes you success and many blessings from God, and hopes to meet you some day. Lester says goodbye with many hugs of love.”
He doesn’t know I’m going to meet him in December!
I love the word of God in Psalm 84:12 (“O Lord of hosts. How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”).
I pray the Lord will enable us to meet one day.
May God bless you. Hope you enjoyed Easter!
I say goodbye with much affection and a strong hug. May God bless you.
I hope you are doing wonderfully. Bye! Take care. With affection,
And we should believe because he knew his strength came from God. The weather is rainy in my country. God bless you.
(This is the first letter in our child’s own handwriting!)
I will lovingly remember you in my prayers.
I say goodbye with a big hug, your friend from Colombia.
Noemi from Bolivia: “Right now I’ll say goodbye with a hug and kiss for you and your family.”
Luz’ brother writes for her: She is very happy and will never tire of thanking God for you. We bid you farewell with much love and wish God’s protection in your life.
God bless you and your family.
This is from the one that loves you.
for God to always Keep you in all that you are doing. Have a good summer time
Sponsors, you have a place in my heart. Please, keep on praying for me and my family!
Guadalupe writes ‘I pray God to bless you. Please pray for my family.’
Thank you so much for your love and help. Keep smiling. Bye.
I say goodbye with many kisses and a strong hug. I will be waiting for an answer. God bless you.
That’s my entire letter for now. We will continue it again next time. Emmanuel. With love and prayers, Arley
You are the inspiration of Egie Feb and her family also.
Leslie from Peru writes, ” I say goodbye with a strong hug and a kiss.”
This is my first letter from my sponsored child in Ethiopia, written for her by someone at the school: “My beloved sponsor, where are you living?” she asked, and She asked you to pray for her so that she will not get sick. There is also a colored drawing of an Ibex.
Alfred from Kenya, writes….”He requests you to pray for him so that he can live according to Gods will so that he can glorify Gods name in his life.”
Pray for my education. I pray for you.
She finally says that she loves you. “Bye!” she concludes.
Jeimy writes, “Good bye with a kiss and hug. God Bless You.”
Rahmeti writes, “I pray for you to know peace and healthy”
Wililam writes, “I wait for news.”
I wanted to tell you that I passed to 6th grade. I send you greetings. May God bless you.
I pray for you so that you may live long life which pleases God
my child’s teen brother writes for her since she is only 6 yrs old: Thanks for praying for us and we ask you to keep doing it since she loves you so much. I say goodbye fondly and grateful.
A tres bientot! Translation: I will see you very soon. Going on Compassion sponsor tour to Burkina Faso in January 2011!
I was wondering if you know what Compassion centers you will be visiting? I have been trying to find anyone who might be going on the BF tour and had not found anyone until I was looking through this old blog. My Timothee is in Burkina Faso!!
I would like to pray for your job…i close with a big hug. May God bless you.
“I really thank you for the Christmas gift, I bought a mattress and baking flour.” It really reminds me to appreciate the things I have when my sponsor child and his family are so appreciative for the simplest of things.
Please pray for my clan and for Gods protection. Good bye!
Kindly pray for me to study more & more your loving niece.
My parents are also sending their heartfelt greeting to you. Thank you your son.
My 14 year old daughter from Rwanda: she writes, as she often does “I wish to see you face to face.” Sadly, I doubt we will ever get the chance in this life – but I look forward to meeting her face to face some day, just the same. She finishes with “Pray for me together with others so that we can grow into responsible people. At our place, we are plaughing (I think maybe plowing?) what are you doing? Dedication Psalm 23:1. May you continue having peace and blessings. Your Child. “
Please, I want you to pray for my life so I will do very well in this New Year in my studies. I say bye with a lot of love. I am always praying for you. (There was also a great colored drawing of a giraffe. I am an artist and we often include drawings in our correspondence.)
Rehema says that she loves you very much and hopes to hear from you soon!
From my 11 year old girl in Colombia:
“Please pray for my family to be always fine and close. I send you lots of kisses and a big hug. Goodbye with lots of love,…”
I am praying God to bless you in everything you do.
My sponsored child has a lady at the center who writes for her:
“She is going to a dinosaur museum. Do you have dinosaurs where you live?”
I wanted to say, “Oh yes! There’s one eating the tops off the trees in the back yard as I write!” 🙂 Of course I didn’t— I just said that I had seen dinosaurs in museums here in the US. 🙂
You could pose a toy dinosaur in the garden to make it look like it’s in the jungle and send a photo… I think that would be cute. 🙂
Well, since I’ve said it all, I say bye and wish you lots of blessings.
Have you any animal that grazes grass like here? Bye Bye and see you soon.
Me and my family will always pray for Mommy Erin and and family.
“te queiro con todo mi fuerzas”
I love you wit all my forces. Priceless!! My 10 year old boy frm Ecuador.
hugs and kisses, god bless you!
From Jean Wendy (Haiti): “I love you very much”
From Nikita (E. Indonesia): “I always remember and pray for you and your family”
From Kiriza (Uganda): “May God bless you so much”
From Hermon – who is leaving the program, as he just finished college (Indonesia): “Lord Jesus bless you”
May God bless you.
“I ask you to pray for my life and for my mom so she doesn’t have a headache. She is not with a treatment yet.” – Paola, Honduras, age 7
“May the Lord bless you.” -Pedro, Mexico, age 11
“I love Elizabeth Marvin” -Yanatcha, Thailand, age 12 (She usually writes this in her own language, but she wrote this in English!)
“You are special and I think of you as my sponsor, until soon.” -Raulito, Honduras, age 17
“Waiting for your letter.” Ruth, India, age 19 (LDP student)
I say goodbye with love.
Write back soon and I ask God to bless you always.
Please pray my father will find work and feed us well.
“Thank you for being my friend.”
My other sponsored child: Do you and your family like my country? Lastly, may God bless you and your family always!
Despite the challenges faced at school he works hard. Pray for his good health and stay at school.
From our Sponsor Child Josue, age 10, from Honduras: “Thank you very much for sending me that gifts and thinking always on me. May God bless you more every day and grant your wishes. I send you many kisses and hugs.”
From Robert age 13 in Tanzania During my birthday I will get time to tell them about your goodness to me and we shall pray for you to be blessed by God
May peace of God be with you! Thanks.
From Youseline in Haiti, age 14: “I am praying for you. Please pray for me too. May God bless you!”
Besides, I attend the Center. Until soon, with love.
Ludis, 10, Honduras ~ “She says thank you for being her special friend and that you occupy a very special place in her heart and is sending you hugs and kisses and also to your family.”
Mircleje, 16, Haiti ~ “May God always be with you and bless your whole family with love! Thank you. ”
Nelson, 17, Uganda ~ Nothing yet… Still waiting on his first letter!! :o)
To: Kim Edge
I read your comment and I did say a prayer for your beloved
daughter Chucha in Ethiopia that God will give her strength
and grant her the wisdom to successfully pass her National
Examination with flying colors. Have faith. With God all things
Thanks, Christine and everyone who prays for her!
From my daughter Chucha in Ethiopia, who is 20 years old and nearing graduation from the program: “Pray for my success at exam. I will be taking the National Examination.”
She means the Ethiopian national matriculation examination. Please DO say a quick prayer for her–she’s not a strong student.
I prayed! I hope she does well!
Sweet 6 year old Felex from Uganda ended his last letter with this; “May God bless the works of your hands. God bless you like a big pumpkin.”
And everytime I read it, it brings a big smile to my face!!!
I will be praying for you. (Lidia, Bolivia)
May God bless and protect your lives. (Ivonne, Bolivia)
Thank you for your love, and she is keeping all your letters with love. (Beatriz, Brazil, with help of monitor)
He says he would love to meet you and he wants to thank you for your life and for you have chosen him as your sponsored child and he thanks you for the gift and he asks Jesus Christ to bless you. (Davi, Brazil, with help of monitor)
We say good bye and may God bless you. (Blanca, Bolivia, with help of sister)
May God reward your kindness, mama Linda. That’s all from me now. May God bless us all.
8 year old Marlen from El Salvador last concluded with: “I always pray God bless you and keep you safe anywhere you are. Please pray God protects my mother when she comes to work. Bye with love.”
“You are precious. I hope that you come soon, so that you can know me and my country.” – Emely 10 DR
“Finally she says she very delighted for having you as her sponsor in Christ she say that she loves you and to have success forever.” – Peris 11 KE
“She thanks you and tells you to please pray for her always, and that you never stop loving her.” – Paty 7 ES
Here is what my beloved Daniel from Ethiopia wrote in his last letter: Dear Christine Graham, How are you? I’m very fine. Because of your help I’m taking hairdressing training. I also get what I want. Thank you very much for all your support. I love you very much. God bless you abundantly. I’m very happy for your and your family photo. You look very beautiful. I’ve been given clothes, shoes, money for school fee and for transportation. Thank you for all these. I learn the word of God. It is about respecting parents. It is wonderful and life changing. On July 14, 2010, I celebrate my birthday. I thank you and your family for all you’ve done. God bless you! God bless your family! Please pray
that my 18th birthday will be wonderful, that I finish my education,
that I learn to respect and obey my parents. I will also pray for you. – Daniel, age 18, Ethiopia
I say goodbye with lots of hugs and kisses.
“Guillermo thanks you for the support received. Thanks a lot for the letters and photographs. He prays for you.”
-Guillermo 10, El Salvador
“We always pray for you. May God bless you, Your lovingly, Jerphin Paulraj”.
-Jerphin 10, India
“You are always in my prayer, I love you and God bless you.”
-Maria Roxana 14, El Salvador
She is thankful of you being her sponser and for all your support. She prays for you and your family.Goodbye with Love.
“I send you a kiss and a hug because I love you, I ask you to pray for my family and I continue being well; we almost start the school vacations and I’m doing well, the project taught me that I’m useful in the hands of God.”
From my 14 year old sweetie: My mother is telling me at night to always include you in my prayers. I always do it because you are so much kind to me and my family. I will never forget you. My mother and father are so much blessed because we can never have any comfortable place in our house if not for you.
Remember, I always pray you are doing well.Bye with Love. XOXO
Gabriel, age 10, Brazil: I say goodbye and send you my love and affection. Until next time!
I send you lots of hugs and kisses.
My girl Dayana (age 11) wrote, “Now I say goodbye. Remember that I have you in my thoughts. Have me in your prayers. I love you.”
“God bless you.” -Mercy in Kenya, age 6
Kenia, age 8, El Salvador – I pray for you so please pray for my family that God keep blessing us so much.
my Rwandan daughter is sixteen and in the last year of primary school. I assume she started school late.
I concludeby wishing you God’s peace and blessings, I request you to often pray for me to obtain good marks because last term I got 44.4%.
I was pleased that she told me that she was not doing well so that I can pray.
I am praying on how to answering with encouragement to continue also that I will still love her even if she doesn’t do well.
Que hermosa El cumplir dados Con comolo que La Palabra de Dios dejad a los Niños venid ellos son el futuro de este mundo y mientras se este en la tierra debesmos de velar y cuidar de ellos Dios bendiga a los niños de mundo, Dios bendiga compassion
Psalm 121:1 I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord. From Gertrude, age 5 in Ghana
From Felix-age 7-Uganda
I thank God for making you my friend, and I pray that the Lord keeps you,your family,friends, and neighbors. May God bless you.
From Diana today: ” I thank you for the gift which you sent to me, and thank God the one [who] gave it to you. …I bought one goat and sweets for my family members. God bless!”
“My father is a preacher. He has no time. The ministry occupies his entire time.”
Earlier in the letter, he said this: “Did the earth quake in your area? The tremor struck our area. Nothing wrong happened to us. God atones for our life. We aren’t better than those who died in Port-au-Prince. It’s God’s plan for our life. When the tremor struck, I had three brothers in Port-au-Prince. God watched over them. My school isn’t doing well cause of the earthquake…”
I’d be curious to know what other statements are coming out of the letters from Haiti now.
I am anxious to see you again, because every day my love towards you grows stronger and I do not have the words to describe my deep gratitude for the help offered to me.
Juan David – LDP Student, Dominican Republic
Thanks you for your prayers and letters of love and support. Love, your son, Darwin – LDP Student Philippines
In what month do you have presidential elections?
Yerelyn – (10) Dominican Republic
Aw, I bet your experience in meeting your sponsored child was one like no other. I have sponsored one of my children for 3 years so far and it is a dream of mine to get over there and see her. May God bless you and your sponsored children.
Liline, 12, Haiti: My dear, I love you so much, may God hide you under his wings and lead you through green pastures, lots of love and prayers. –
Alok, 7, East India: Dear sponsor, Alok has been praying for you every day, please do pray for alok and his studies, and also his family, thank you with love.
Abigail, 8, Ghana(It’s a form letter, so…there’s not much of a closing to it): Abigail is praying for you church choir so that they can sing well at church. She wants you to pray for her sunday school teacher and the sunday school children.
Your child bids you farewell with a big hug and love!
“I’m glad of having a friend like you. May God bless you, with love Vanesa. Don’t forget to pray for me.”
Diana: “Last year I went to India for open heart surgery but now I feel okay. I want you to pray for me and I think you to choose me to be your child.”
Phanice: “Mungu akubariki. (A Swahili word meaning God bless you).”
Hannah: “Share with me my favorite verse: John 3:16. May God bless you.”
Joseph wrote 2 letters on the same day. #1: “Did you pray for me and my family? Did you pray for my country? Did you pray for my friends and my neighbors?
Joseph #2: “And may He guide and protect you with your family, friends, and your neighbors always. From your loving son.”
Since correspondence monitors write for 3 of my children I’m only sharing the letters that were written by my 2 children who write their own letters.
My oldest child, age 14, wrote, ” Dear Sponsor Kenneth….., please pray for me and my family! Hugs from……”
My 9 year old child wrote, “Please send more pictures.” In the same letter he stated that he misses me and hopes that someday we could meet again.
Sorry, but I have to include this from my youngest child who is 7. The correspondence monitor stated that after my youngest received a birthday card and stickers from me, he was very happy and he opened with a beautiful smile. I wish I had been in Brazil to see his smile.
With help from translator: “She also finally says God bless you and add you more.”