Hidden in a box underneath the bed. Hung up on the wall for all to see. Grasped between the hands of a child as he or she reads and rereads the words on the page.
Children love receiving letters from their sponsors. For many, letters are worth saving. They are worth protecting, remembering and rereading. The empowering words become ingrained into the memory of a child.
When asked, “What’s your favorite part of a letter?” the answer is easy for many of them. Their mind immediately races back to one particular sentence, or phrase or word.
Eight children and teens from Kenya and Ethiopia answered this very question. Read their answers below and be inspired by the lasting power of a letter!
Many children love knowing that their sponsor is curious about their family, school and culture. The best part is they are just as curious about their sponsor’s life as their sponsor is about theirs!
It is critical that children know that they are being prayed for, even from thousands of miles away.
Children notice when sponsors remember important parts of their life — like their birthday!
For many children, there is nothing more powerful or memorable than being told that they are loved, known and cared for.
Have you ever thought about the fact that the child you sponsor remembers specific examples of love, encouragement and support that you have showed him or her in a letter?
What you write is not forgotten.
So, go ahead. Write something memorable today!
Now it’s your turn to answer the question. What is your favorite part of a letter? What words has the child you sponsor used to encourage you? Share them in the comments below!
Pictures and quotes from Kenya: Isaac Ogila, Field Communications Specialist.
Pictures and quotes from Ethiopia: Tigist Gizachew, Field Communications Specialist