What Can I Share in Letters to the Child I Sponsor?

Ideas for writing the child or teen you sponsor are a very popular topic on this blog, on our Compassion Letter Club on Pinterest, on Facebook … pretty much everywhere. In our Contact Center, we hear lots of questions about what you should and should not write.

In fact, you asked us about this in our recent post about your important letter questions:

What kinds of things are NOT good to include in letters to the kids? What do the kids want to know about sponsors’ lives? – Jill Johnson

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While this list is not comprehensive, I hope it’s a helpful guide for you.

Topics to Write About:

What would [the children] like us to share in our letters? – Yvonne Reynolds

Your Family

Share everything you are comfortable sharing that is age-appropriate for the child you sponsor.

Talk about your children, parents, cousins, etc. Tell stories about family members and friends, and tell him or her why you’re thankful for them.

Your Pets

I know that my dogs are like family to my husband and me. Share pictures of your pets, things they like to do (go to the park or play fetch), and your favorite memories of having them as part of your household.

Tell the child you sponsor funny stories (remember that time Fido ate the Thanksgiving turkey right off the table when the family wasn’t looking?!).

What Can I Share in Letters to the Child I Sponsor? Letter writing ideas

Your Community, State and Country

Share educational and fun information about where you live. Be descriptive and send photos if you have some.

Your Favorite Things

Have a favorite memory of growing up or a favorite Bible verse? Share it with the child you sponsor and let him or her know why it means so much to you.


It may seem like you aren’t doing much, but you are! Your words of encouragement provide hope and fill the child you sponsor with love.

Don’t you remember that person who spoke into your life when you most needed it? That’s YOU to that special child you’re investing in! Don’t take the honor lightly.

Holidays and Traditions

Tell him or her how you celebrate Christmas or why Easter is such a big deal to your family. Share Fourth of July memories and write about the history of the holiday.

Just as you are interested to know about your child and his or her family, your child is delighted to hear details from you!

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School and Work

As you want to know what he or she is learning at school, the child or teen you sponsor wants to know what you are learning at school or what your job is like. You might even find out you share a common interest.

Ask Questions

No, your questions might not always be answered (Do you answer EVERY question you get in an email?), but they will show the child or teen you sponsor that you truly want to know him or her.

Share Your Pictures

The children LOVE pictures. Be wise in the ones you choose, but send them often. The children I sponsor can’t seem to get enough!

What Can I Share in Letters to the Child I Sponsor? Letter writing ideas

Topics to Avoid:

How much should I tell the children about my life? I don’t want to seem like I’m bragging if I mention traveling to a big city or eating at a restaurant with friends, but I want to child to know what my life is like. – @rolsen97

First, let me state that this is not meant in any way to make you feel guilty. You are already doing an incredible thing by sponsoring a child. This information is just to help you be wise in how you communicate with the precious child you have chosen.

Whenever I feel the pangs of guilt of knowing I enjoy an abundance of resources while millions endure extreme poverty, I resolve that it will empower me to work harder on behalf of those I care for so deeply instead of letting it keep me from writing or taking action.

I remember a prayer Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion, once prayed when our staff was sharing a meal together:

“We know that what we have before us is so much more than those we work for and serve. We are thankful for this blessing and promise to use the strength gained from this meal to work harder for those living in poverty and witnessing injustice.”


Don’t talk to the child you sponsor about money. You both come from very different places. This topic won’t bring children joy, but it could promote jealousy and, possibly, anger.


Have you ever thought about what he or she eats? Definitely not the same things, same amount or variety of foods that you do. If you want to write about food, think of describing the type of food or family traditions around the food instead of how much, how often or at what restaurants you eat it. You can find out what they typically eat in their region by logging in to My Account on our website.

Your Home or Other Belongings

Go ahead and talk all you want about memories that were made in your home; just avoid the actual thing.

Don’t talk about the size of your home or that you have a car (or multiple). Be cautious when talking about things you own.

What Can I Share in Letters to the Child I Sponsor? Letter writing ideas

Inappropriate Pictures

Avoid sharing pictures that may not be appropriate, and remember that he or she lives in a completely different country and culture. While that family picture at the water park may be the “best one you’ve taken in years,” the bathing suits may be quite a shock. Also, try not to send pictures of your home or belongings.

I’ve been asked if a picture of a theme park would be okay to send; I think that’s fine. Bottom line, use your best judgment, and if you’re not sure, it’s best to call and ask us or don’t send it at all.

Finally, I’ve compiled some resources for you. Feel free to share your own ideas and resources for letter-writing ideas in the comments!


But the best thing you can do to connect with the child you sponsor is to just go ahead and write to him or her.


All this year on the Compassion Letter Club, we’re having people in the know answer your burning questions about letter writing. Be sure to check out the previous installments of the series to get the inside scoop on letter writing!

This article was originally published on Dec. 17, 2015.

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  1. Jack Lovelace February 23, 2019

    Is there a way for me to find some pictures of my child other than the one of him on his profile?

    1. Sarah February 25, 2019

      Hello Jack! Regrettably, the only photos we have available for you of your child are the official photos that Compassion updates on his profile every 18-24 months. The only other way to receive extra photos of a child is to give a child gift or family gift of $60 or more. Since these gifts are a large sum, Compassion does have the child write a special thank you letter with a photo of the child with the gift attached as well. It does take up to six months to receive the letter and photo in reply to a gift you send.

  2. Robert Stanziano June 13, 2018

    How can I get a clearer picture of my child emailed to me besides the blurry one on my child’s biography? She’s Andrea  (CO021800674)

    1. Madison Raska June 13, 2018

      Hello Robert! I have emailed you at this time with Andrea’s photo attached! Let us know if you have any further questions and we will be happy to assist you! 🙂

  3. Frido Profoehr May 23, 2018

    Frido Profoehr, The Intercultural (ESL) Ministry
    In addition to the letter, we plan to send one or two pictures of our ESL students who are actually sponsoring our child. Can we also send a map of Canada or a booklet about Canada?
    We had helped last year with rebuilding the home of our sponsored child, can we ask to get a picture of the home, maybe even siblings and parents?

    1. Susan Sayler May 24, 2018

      Frido, you are more than welcome to send a map of Canada or Canadian facts as long as it is 8 1/2″ by 11,” scannable paper, and under 5 pages at a time with a letter attached. Pictures are great! The kids love to see who is sponsoring them and put a face to the letters. Check with Compassion Canada ( [email protected]) about the photo for the gift you had sent. We typically send photos for gifts of $60 USD or more.

  4. Amie Speicher June 22, 2017

    Can I write my sponsored child again before I get a reply? I sponsor a 12 year old girl and I have a 10 year old sister who would like to send a card along with my letter. Also, do I have to use a business envelope or will a large greeting sized envelope work?

    1. Christina Wilson June 23, 2017

      Hi Amie! You and your sister are most certainly welcome to write as often as your heart’s desire! You may use whatever size envelope that you’d like because we will need to open your letter when it is received here in Colorado Springs, and your envelope will likely not be scanned or sent unless it is a special envelope :). We only kindly ask that you please follow our letter writing guidelines. Thank you so much for your hearts to love and encourage your 12 year old girl! Please let us know if you have any additional questions, and we’ll be happy to help you. Have a blessed day!

  5. Caitlin May 3, 2017

    Hi there!

    I have a long term chronic illness that keeps me bed and house bound most of the time. I am not sure whether I should tell my child this or not? I do not want to cause her worry or concern but it is very life altering for me. She writes that she prays I would have good health but doesn’t know I am sick. Should I tell her or not?

    God bless,

    1. Sarah May 3, 2017

      Hi Caitlin! I am so sorry to hear that your illness is affecting your life in such a dramatic way. If you are comfortable with telling her about your illness, you are welcome to talk to her about it. Keep her age in mind when sharing that type of information, but I am sure she wants to know what your life is really like and how she can be praying for you specifically! You can always share what God is teaching you in the midst of your illness with her through your letters as well. You may give her the confidence to share with you about any struggles she goes through as she grows up while also planting reminders in her life of hope and God’s faithfulness no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in.

  6. Scott A. Welch March 9, 2016

    First off i want to thank God for bringing the awareness of this Site to me. I am sponsoring my 1st child, and I gave my full name in my first letter to her. Was this not a good idea? I am not on Facebook so there is no need to worry about her trying to reach out/find me there. I just wanted her to know who I was, but am now thinking maybe just my 1st name would have been sufficient. Not a big deal really I guess, and if it is, well its a little too late now heh.

    Also I want to add I have a hard time going back to view other pictures of other Children in need of sponsorship. It just breaks my heart knowing I can only afford to sponsor one for now. I pray God will bless me so that I can help sponsor more children. So much need, so little money, it brings me to tears 🙁

    1. Sarah March 9, 2016

      Hi Scott! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog and for investing in your sweet girl’s life :). Sharing your full name with your child is not something you should worry about. Whatever name is on your Compassion account is printed on the letter itself and sent to the child, so she would have most likely known you by your full name anyway. I think it’s great that you wanted her to know you personally. Names are so important and can make us feel much more connected to each other. Have you ever thought about sharing why your parents named you Scott? You could also ask her why she was given the name she was too! I just did this for my kiddos, and their responses were incredible!

      I know what you mean about having a hard time looking at all the pictures of children waiting to be sponsored, because I have experienced that problem too. Here’s the thing: By sponsoring one child, you are in turn causing a ripple effect among her family, her church, and her entire community. Not everyone can afford to sponsor more than one child, but that is okay! God is using your “yes” to one child to extend his love and grace to so many more. One thing you can do is encourage your own community to get involved! Your voice and personal experience have so much power to engage more people with what Compassion is doing :). I’d also encourage you to just keep praying for God to open your eyes to opportunities to make a difference in someone else’s life that he is presenting you with, no matter what they are. You are doing an amazing job, Scott! We are so grateful to have you partnering with us!

  7. Carrie December 17, 2015

    Both of our sponsored children are in equatorial regions, so I write often about the season changes in our letters–fall leaves, spring buds, summer heat, winter snow–and what we like to do seasonally. It also allows me to bring God and His artistry into the discussion.

    1. Sarah December 21, 2015

      Carrie, I love that you tie God’s artistry into your letters about seasons! It’s a great way to encourage your kids to recognize his hand in even the smallest details. I write to my own kids about season changes too, which they always get a kick out of :). Thank you for being such a wonderful encouragement to them through your letters and prayers!

  8. Jess May 6, 2013

    I sponsor through his hands for haiti (such an amazing non profit/all volunteer organization!). I have sent many packages to my child but i am in the works of writing my first letter for her and this helped me out a lot! Thanks!

  9. Vicki November 29, 2012

    Julie, I don’t know where to find it, but this subject has come up, maybe in comments on another blog post. Naturally, opinions were divided.

    I told my first two girls about each other; when I added my third, I told them that, and one of them (being in the same country) met her on two subsequent child-visit days. I have been much more vague, since then, mentioning only, for example, loving “all of our sponsored children,” if I mention others at all. If I were just starting out, having gained the insights I have gained, I would probably not say anything to any of them about any others, unless I knew they would be meeting. Not even if they are in the same project; what if I were closer to one than to the other? If one of them were to mention knowing that she shared her sponsor with another child, then the subject would be open.

    My first thought about sending each other’s photo was negative, although I’ve never seen this one addressed. I would not do that without checking with Compassion, first. Remember to guard your children’s privacy; would they want you sharing? Is there any chance they will ever meet?

    I’m sure other sponsors and perhaps staff will chime in on this, and I will defer to them. Staff, in particular, will be more likely to have a good answer as to Compassion’s views on these things.

  10. Carolyn November 28, 2012

    I have a question that I haven’t seen addressed on any of the blogs – I recently sponsored a second child and I want to know how much to tell each child about the other and is it okay to share their pictures?

  11. Julie September 13, 2012

    Thank you Pren. Your insight is exactly what I need. I would never deride her for anything. I want to keep communication open between us and I know anything negative could close her heart to me.
    I want to be “Jesus with a pen” for her! I am just thrilled she can write in English. It makes things easier. I look forward to building a relationship with her over the years.
    Thanks again Pren.

  12. Vicki September 13, 2012

    Pren, I like your reply to Julie. Nothing like hearing it from someone who has truly been there.

    I have a refreshed reply to this post. Two events have converged: First, I have written–and now posted–this week’s Compassion Blogger assignment on my blog. My “Letter to God’ focuses on the importance of our letters to our sponsored children. I know–not a new topic.

    But the other event is that we are now hosting a former sponsored child, for the next week. We just met him at the airport, yesterday. Over dinner, he began talking about the response in a child on learning, “You have a sponsor!” He said the attachment is immediate, and the child begins waiting for that first letter.

    I won’t tell the rest of his story (Jacquie might want to ask him to write a post for this blog! hint, hint!). But because I was in the process of writing my own post, I asked him to read my final draft, before posting it. Apparently, I got it right.

    SO…my response now is this: It almost doesn’t matter what you write to your child; just write. Yes, we do need to stay within the confines and the protocols established by Compassion, and yes, we can learn to be better writers of letters to our kids, so that we encourage them in their development in all areas, share scripture verses with them, etc. But the main thing is to write to them.

    Just write to them.

  13. Julie September 12, 2012

    My 12 year old child lives in India and told me she “belongs to a Hindu family. But I love Jesus very much.”

    Should I ignore the “Hindu” part and just focus on the “Jesus” part? I was really surprised to read that. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing more than a religious belief?

    1. Pren September 13, 2012

      Hi Julie

      I come from a hindu family and I was saved when I was about 13yrs old.
      You are right about the the cultural thing as most hindu’s believe “all Gods are one God”.
      So your sponsor child may believe Jesus exists but she may not believe in Him as her God.
      It’s very similar to my dad – he believes in Jesus as Lord but he still believes in hinduism.
      Can I say just keep encouraging her – don’t deride her being a hindu, teach her about Jesus because there is a greater reason the Lord placed her in the Compassion project and in your care – the very same way he placed all those christians in my path all those years ago:)

  14. Liz December 14, 2011

    Oh! I got so carried away on my last post I forgot that I had a question.

    Our sweet 12-year-old girl has often asked if my husband and I have a baby “yet.” I sponsored her prior to our marriage, and so when I married my husband, I sent her a letter telling her how excited he was to be her sponsor, etc. I will never forget the next letter I received…she had drawn a picture of me in a wedding gown. It melted my heart!

    Anyway, I am sure in her culture is is rare for people not to have a baby for 5 years of marriage (unless there is a fertility issue), and I have often wondered if she is thinking we cannot have children. And I certainly am not going to give her an explanation of birth control, ha ha!

    So, now that we are expecting our first baby, I am wondering, should I tell her now, before the baby is born, or after? Also, we know we are expecting a boy…would it completely confuse her to learn that we already know the gender? I doubt she is familiar with the type of prenatal care we receive in the US.

    1. Becky December 15, 2011

      Liz, I don’t see any reason to avoid telling you sponsored girl that you are having a baby. My new 13 year old boy from Brazil wrote in his first real (non-form letter introduction) that his mom was 7 months pregnant with a baby girl they are naming Brena. I don’t know if the place has a child survival program and that is how the mom knows she is having a girl or if there was a mistranslation and if the baby is a girl they will name her Brena. I shall find out in the next letter I get as the baby should have been born last month. This child also was quite open as he shared that his mom left his dad because he had a drug addition and she now was married to another man. He added that his father was now ‘in God’s ways’, as doing well thanks to God, and had a new woman also. It was quite eye opening to think of a young child being exposed to a drug addicted father that his mom had to leave his dad. I know it happens often with many children in poverty (and many kids in developed countries that aren’t in poverty)), but it was sobering nonetheless.

  15. Liz December 14, 2011

    Thank you for this post. It was great to hear people’s ideas of what to send to their kids–I love the paper snowflakes idea, and also the idea of asking kids to share what Jesus means to them.

    Regarding mentioning food: I agree with the poster who said it varies how poor the children are from project to project. While they all live in what can only be described as extreme poverty, some kids have far less than others.

    We sponsor two children. Our little girl in Peru (12) seems to have more than our little boy in India. Our girl has often talked about eating birthday cake (and asked what our favorite treats are for birthdays, holidays, etc).

    Our boy is only 5, so his letter writing is not as detailed, but when we sent a family gift, we were told the family used it to buy a cot for him to sleep on. It was the first time he ever had anything to sleep on. I, of course, burst into tears to learn this. Also, his teacher mentioned that the cot would help keep him warm, as it is very cold in the winters where he is. When we have set family gifts to our girl, the purchases are usually clothing items or something a little less basic than a cot. Also, in the family photos, I can tell that our girl’s family has nicer clothing (by no means fancy, but adequate).

    I will probably not talk about eating things like meat or fancy foods to our boy unless he brings it up, as I can tell that he may have a very limited diet. The point is you don’t want to emphasize material differences. In the case of our little girl, there are actually some similarities in what we eat and do. With our little boy, I am still learning what, if any, our similarities might be.

    One thing I always do is try to tell the kids how proud we are of them and how we pray for them. One day in a letter, our little boy’s teacher told us that he came in second place in a “frog race” at his center. I was so proud of him that I posted it on my Facebook page. Of course I didn’t tell him that (he would have NO idea what I was talking about), but in the next letter I was careful to mention that we are very proud of him and that we heard how he did so well in the frog race. Kids are kids all around the world, and every kid likes to do well at something and know that somewhere, someone is rooting for them.

  16. Mary December 13, 2011

    It is not good to talk about food, but can you mention food Allergies, such as Gluten-intolerance? I am a new sponsor and am trying to describe myself to the child. Any advice?

    1. Vicki Small December 14, 2011

      Mary, I am only one voice, but I would not mention anything as specific as gluten-intolerance. Your child would probably have no way to relate to this, probably will never have heard of gluten, and might be frightened or very worried that you have a horrible disease. If you think it’s necessary to mention anything about it, you might say that you are allergic to certain kinds of food, but I don’t recommend even that.

      Remember that your sponsored child does well to get one meal a day, and probably does not always get that. I don’t see any reason to raise the issue of food allergies; if it becomes pertinent to the child’s life, she or he will receive appropriate medical care.

    2. Debbie December 14, 2011

      Mary, as you can see above, as long as you aren’t saying that you have tons of food, etc., all our kids love to talk about food. I would just say as far as the allergies that you can’t eat certain foods. If you have an older English speaking kid, then then they would probably understand Glueten-intolerance, but otherwise, if it’s a different language, it is probably going to really get translated wrong.

  17. Ellen December 9, 2011

    In letters I sent around Thanksgiving this year, I talked about how “we eat a special meal” and then described how to make applesauce. Then, inspired, I actually made applesauce myself. Yum.

  18. Linda T. December 7, 2011

    When I was in Ecuador on a sponsor tour, Nayelli was describing how her mother bakes a cake. When asked, what happens then…. does her mother sell the cake? Nayelli said, “NO! We EAT it!” 🙂

    She and her Dad & project director were able to stay and eat with our group at the hotel. It was a VERY elaborate meal…. many fancy courses, lots of place settings, glasses, and silverware. As I looked around, I was embarrassed at the excess. I have thought that maybe I will write about what a NORMAL meal is like at my home….. chicken & rice, a vegetable, or a sandwich and an apple. Perhaps even take a picture of a simple place setting. Just so she knows I do NOT eat like that all the time!

    Any suggestions?

    1. Vicki Small December 8, 2011

      Linda, I think that’s a good idea! I wish I had thought of it, after my last trip. We were staying at a very nice resort hotel, where we also met with our children on child-visit day.

      All meals were served buffet style, but the settings were very nice, thought not elaborate (as I remember) and there was a lot of food. The children and their adult escorts–project staff, parents, etc.–ate with us. I don’t know what our girls thought about it all.

      I did notice one thing that seemed oddly familiar: As we went through the buffet line, I noticed that the girls, after brief conversation between them, were ignoring the vegetables. I, flipping into a parental role, insisted that they take some onto their plates. Back at the table, I again noticed they were eating everything except their vegetables; I laughed as I said that, yes, they did need to eat them. I was thinking about how I, as a child and like so many children, used to balk at eating my vegetables.

      That, too, probably varies a lot, from one project/community to another. I remember Tony Beltran’s story of sitting around the family table, listening to his father offer a prayer of thanks for what they were about to eat–when, in fact, they had not one bit of food on the table. A neighor brought over some plaintains, which served as the family’s meal. I suspect Tony might have welcomed a few vegetables.

  19. Sara December 7, 2011

    I like the list, it gives me lots of ideas. However, like some people have been saying, I think some discussion of food is a good idea.

    I have sent letters to my kids describing how my family always makes a traditional cookie at christmas time. I took photos of the process and then printed them on a page with descriptions. I asked my kids if they had any traditional/celebration foods that they ate with their family.

    My kids and I have also exchanged our “Favorites” and we both talked about food. I would not suggest going into depth about every kind of food on your Thanksgiving table for example, but sharing the fact that your family shared a meal together, or describing one of your favorite dishes would be a good way to connect with your child.

  20. Kees Boer December 6, 2011

    [quote comment=”35707″]I also disagree about the food. My sponsored kids are always so eager to tell me what a wonderful cook their moms are and how delicious their national foods are. I’ve had them send me recipes and they’re thrilled when I make up the recipes they’ve sent.[/quote]

    Hi, Sarah, I think it makes a bit of difference which country the child lives in. Also, there can be a bit of a range among the level of poverty that there is in the projects. Some children are very, very poor, but others are better off. They are all poor. If they become financially better off, then they will sort of graduate from the program early. (I don’t know if you can really call that graduation, but they will depart, but it’s not like getting ‘kicked out.’ Maybe Shaina has a good term for that…

    I never forget a conversation I had with Lois from Uganda. She was a former Compassion child and then an LDP student. Now, she is a student at Moody and like me, she is a bit of a night owl…. So, one night at around 3:00 o’clock we were talking and she was telling me that she was so amazed that she heard an American thank the Lord that he had never had a day where they didn’t have food. She looked up and couldn’t believe it. She was as astonished as you and I would be if we heard someone thank the Lord that they had never had the common cold or been tired or had to yawn…. One of the older teenagers of CDI BO523 helped me buy some things at a local market so I took him to dinner afterward and we talked quite a bit. I asked him for his testimony and he was telling me how as a child, the family was so dirt poor. Many times they didn’t have food to eat. He was very emotional about it. He cried a bit. It had really made a big impact on his life.

  21. Sarah December 6, 2011

    I also disagree about the food. My sponsored kids are always so eager to tell me what a wonderful cook their moms are and how delicious their national foods are. I’ve had them send me recipes and they’re thrilled when I make up the recipes they’ve sent.

  22. Kees Boer December 6, 2011

    Shaina, you always write some incredible posts….

    I remember when I was helping out with the letters in the country office in Bolivia. I had to check the letters for things that should or should not be included. One of the main things that they sometimes would remove were things relating to Halloween. Also, I remember finding one letter and the sponsor had closely hidden a little sticker with a return address. (That’s probably not what you want to do. LOL). I’m laughing, because I saw a letter not to long ago and the mother had written her cell phonenumber on the back of the letter in very light pencil. I’ve never seen that, but direct contact information is not a good thing to share. What most people don’t realize is how big of a cultural differences there can be. I remember speaking in a church in Bolivia and afterwards, a pastor got up and he said: “It’s good to have a big fat man talk to us.” It cracked me up, because you’d never hear that in the USA!!! (And by the way, I’m not FAT!!!!, maybe slightly overweight) jajajajajajaja

    1. Shaina December 9, 2011

      Thanks Kees! I appreciate your encouragement. 🙂

  23. Yvonne December 6, 2011

    These are some great ideas and resources! I have been hosting a Sponsor Letter Writing Night at our home for the past few months. Last week we made paper snowflakes from coffee filters. They look great and I can’t wait to mail them to our kids.

    And I didn’t know Compassion was on Pinterest! I have a PInterest board of Compassion stuff. I look forward to seeing what is shared on the Compassion Pinterest boards!

  24. Debbie December 6, 2011

    A few things my kids have really liked to hear about is snow, sports (even I can come up with pictures of our sports teams here), zoo, which can be broken into several letters, USA monuments (I got pictures of some at a learning store with descriptions). I misagree though about discussing food. I think just about every one of mine has wanted to discuss food. We don’t have to say how much we have, but they do want to know what our favorites are. Yes, they want to know what we do on holidays, and be sure to ask them about the holidays in their countries. One of mine even wanted to discuss gas prices, as his parents can’t afford gas to get back home often from their work site.
    Also, when it comes to letter writing, it is important to have a schedule of when to write, otherwise, like everything else, we forget. Michelle is right, if anyone is needing help, they need to visit http://www.ourcompassion.org and there will be enough to keep them busy for a lifetime.

    1. Danielle December 6, 2011

      Food was the only one I kind of disagree with too. I do thing it’s important to not talk about it in every letter or in excessive length, but they do often ask about favorite foods or want to know about a certain holiday.

  25. Vicki Small December 6, 2011

    Recently, my friend Kees Boer shared something he was doing: Asking his sponsored children to write out their testimony–what their life was like before they received Jesus, how and when they came to do that, and how their life has changed, since then. He is also asking them to memorize the book of Philippians.

    So I have started that, as well. I’m not sure I’ll ask my 6-year-old Marisol to memorize a whole book of scripture, but with each letter, I can ask her to memorize two or three verses, and just happen to use consecutive verses within a chapter, all within a book.

    I have also begun my own memorization program, which I’ve wanted for several years to do. I memorized a lot of scripture verses as a child and through high school, but then I stopped, and I wish I hadn’t. So…I am presently working on Hebrews 11; I not only love that chapter, but it is the basis for the “Therefore” at the beginning of Chapter 12, which I will also work on when I finish Chapter 11. I’m not doing as well with it as I had hoped, but I’m not giving up. I want more of God’s word in me, and I want my girls to internalize it, as well.

    1. Kees Boer December 6, 2011

      Thank you Vicki. Yes, I’m planning on when the child has written out their testimony and they send it to me, asking them to share it with 5 people, before they write their letter back. I really would like for them to be active in sharing the Gospel. Now, one of my girls actually went up to a bunch of gang members and shared the Gospel with them. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think when I read that, but I was mostly encouraged. Parts of me really wants to protect the children, but then at the same time, when I was in High School, I used to smuggle Bibles onto Soviet ships. That made a big impression on me.

      The children that wanted to be rabbis in the time of Jesus, in order to do that, they had to have the whole Pentateuch, or first 5 Books of the Bible memorized by the age of 8. Then by the age of 14, they would have to have the entire Old Testament memorized. Then they would spend a number of years following that, discussing the Scriptures, by asking a lot of questions. (Jewish reasoning was when a question was asked, to answer that with another question. Jesus did that too)

      Anyways, I think the younger children can do a lot of things much easier than adults can do. I’m always amazed at when I’m in Bolivia, that there are these 5 year old children that speak both Aymaran and Spanish, which are totally unrelated languages. There is something in very little children that allows them to learn certain skill sets very fast.

      1. Vicki Small December 7, 2011

        Yes, Kees, I think you’re right that young children can do more than we often then they can. But I notice that even my older girls share only one memory verse with me, if they share any. They never share two or three consecutive verses. So I guess the projects are not stretching the children, in that regard. They may know something I don’t.

        But, maybe even with the older ones, if they have never been asked to memorize more than one verse at a time, I’ll just ask them to learn two or three verses–whatever a “paragraph” would be in the book–at a time, and just make them consecutive with those that came before, and with those that will come next.

  26. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies December 6, 2011

    Shaina, I am honored that you shared my blog! Thank you!

    Encouraging sponsors to write is a passion that God has placed in my heart. Whenever I hear from a sponsor who has decided to make letter writing a priority, it makes my heart soar and I am overjoyed for the child who will benefit from the increase in letters!

    I’ve also received a TON of ideas from the wonderful group of sponsors that are a part of the OurCompassion site. I highly suggest that sponsors join and check in on the “Journals” section of the site at least once a week.

    This is one of my most popular posts on letter writing ideas: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com/2011/05/101-letter-writing-topics.html I hope that it is helpful!

    1. Karry Koppully December 22, 2015

      First of all, thanks for sharing your Blog. I loved reading it! This is my first day to register for this website. I wanted to read and learn what I can about this site and about what people write on their blogs. I don’t know what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to sharing about sponsorship. I don’t want to break any rules or cause a child harm. I desire to be a vessel for the Lord and to share my experience, now since I am so excited to sponsor a child.

    2. Christin @ Joyful Mothering December 7, 2011

      Michelle, I just have to thank you. Because when I tweeted some time ago about help with writing to my child, you sent me that very link and I’ve drawn from it several times. You are a real blessing, thank you!

      1. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies December 9, 2011

        Christin, thanks for the feedback! I am so blessed to know that the post has been helpful to you! 😀

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