Sample Letters: 6 Sponsor Letter Examples to Inspire You

My sister thinks I’m nuts. My friends think I’m developing an addiction. Truth be told, I just love writing letters to the kids I sponsor!

I find writing letters easy and fun, yet I’ve spoken to many sponsors who find it difficult. Fancy templates and ease of attaching photos are great, as are ideas about what to send with your letters. Compassion even has a Pinterest board to collect ideas. But all of this doesn’t help if you struggle with finding words and putting them together.

sample letters

For sponsors who know the importance of letters but aren’t good with words, encouragement to write can bring on the guilt. Feel guilty no more; here is a solution for you!

Below are a few sample letters I’ve written for you to COPY, (yes, you’re allowed to be a copycat), and simply change the details, like names, to customize to your life.

If you also find letter writing a breeze, write a sample letter in the comments below, and between us there should be plenty of samples for others to choose from.

Sample Letters: 4 Letters for Getting Started

These first four letters are great for when you need to write those first letters to your sponsored child. In my experience, I’ve found that the first couple of letters to a child can be easy as you cover the basic facts: name, age, family introductions, what you do for work, favorites and pets.

Compassion Letter #1

Dear Gasore,

Thank you for all your letters and drawings. I hope you and your family are well. I am well.

I have your picture on my desk at work. I care about you so much!

I have two cats. Seth is a black and white boy cat, and Phoebe is a striped girl cat. Do you have any pets?

Love from Gail
(photo of cats could be attached)

Compassion Letter #2

Dear Ruan,

Thank you for your letters. I enjoy hearing from you.

I pray for you and your family often. I hope you are all well.

I work for Compassion Australia. I work in an office as a Project Manager. What would you like to do for work when you grow up?

Please pray for me that I will do my best at work.
Love and hugs from Gail

Compassion Letter #3

To my sweet Maria,

Thank you for your letters. I really like your drawings, particularly the princess one.

I have been reading in my Bible about Esther. She was a very brave queen who stood up for God. Have you learned about Esther?

I pray that God will help you be brave when you need to be.

With love and hugs, Gail
(you may want to send an Esther coloring sheet)

Compassion Letter #4

To my very clever Carlos,

Thank you for your letters and your prayers. I feel very special knowing that you pray for me. I pray for you too!

I am so proud of how well you are doing at school. I am well. It is summer here, and very hot.

We live near the beach and go there on hot days to play in the cool water. Do you live near the beach or a lake?

Love and prayers from Gail

Sample Letters: 2 More Letters for Diving Deeper

After those first couple of letters where you and your sponsored child learn about each other, what do you write next? Here are some examples of how you can dive deeper.

Compassion Letter #5

Hello Manuel,

G’day from Australia! I pray that you and your family are well. Thank you for your drawings and letters. You are very good at drawing!

I have been studying the life of Joseph in the Bible. He is one of my favorites because, even though his life had some very horrible times, like being a slave and being in prison unfairly, he still trusted in God and believed that God would bring his dreams to pass.

My favorite memory verse about Joseph is Genesis 50:20, where Joseph says, “You meant to harm me, but God meant it for good.”

I hope you like the postcard of the wombat I am sending you. Wombats are the size of a jellybean when they are born but grow to 1 meter long. They live in burrows in the ground and come out at night or on cloudy days to find grass and roots to eat.

We rarely see wombats in the city, but country people see them sometimes. I have seen some at the zoo.

With lots of love to my precious Manuel! Gail
(postcard or picture of wombat attached)

Compassion Letter #6

Hello my very special Kirubel,

I am very proud of you for doing so well in your schoolwork. I pray that God will help you in your studies.

With this letter, I am sending you a photo of my brother Paul and my mom and dad. This photo was taken when my brother Paul graduated from college. He got his diploma in outdoor recreation. Paul doesn’t like doing schoolwork very much, so this was a big challenge for him. We were so proud of him for finishing his course.

Do you like school? What is your favorite subject? My favorite subject was history, and I didn’t really like math.

Please tell your family I love them and pray for them.

I love you heaps! Gail
(photo of graduation attached)

With these examples, you’ll soon become a pro at writing letters! But remember: Your sponsored child simply wants to hear from you! There’s no need to aim for perfection.

Tell a Child Just How Loved They Are Through Sponsorship

If you’re not already partnering with us to release a child from poverty, consider sponsoring a child today. Your financial support and encouragement through letter writing can make an eternal difference for a child living under the weight of extreme poverty.


We originally published this post on December 7, 2011.

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  1. Maryanne Horstmann February 12, 2020

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  2. mukaga joseph April 27, 2019

    I have been a centre guide at a certain compassion project
    I believe i still need to work with child ministry
    Help me

    1. Sierra April 29, 2019

      Hello, Mukaga! If you would like assistance working with Compassion, please send us an email to [email protected]!

  3. sinho waliliz April 25, 2018

    I’m really sorry to make you hear my life story

    i am a student who studied computer and electronics
    we are 5 person ,4 boys and our mother .I never knew my daddy
    since I was born up to know. now I have finished secondary school
    but here in Rwanda needs to study university to,to get job
    but am finding difficult of paying my school fees.
    am trying to get job but am not getting one.previously I was working as Internship
    but now not working anymore .am the one who is taking care of myself and family
    because I’m the first born. I cannot bare it again. am faces many challenge in life .
    sometime I try to harm my self because of financial.because I am confused.

    1. Sarah April 26, 2018

      Sinho, I am so sorry that you have been through so many difficulties in your life :(. Please email us at [email protected] for more information on sponsorship.

  4. Fredrick Depe May 15, 2016

    I would like also to safe our maasai in Kenya as usually I do I believe one day things will be alright!

    1. Paul November 12, 2016

      Thank you brother for your kind thoughts. I live in Kenya and in the Maasai Land. How I pray you can visit here!

  5. nba 2k16 vc May 13, 2016

    I love looking through your website. Many thanks!

  6. Sue McClenaghan April 6, 2015

    Not sure whether I answered your question. At this stage we only need input . When we have got it going we would like it posted as a place to access stories to copy and paste at no cost.

    1. Susan Sayler April 7, 2015

      Sue, I’ll share your email with Gail and she will contact you if she has any content that she would like to share with you. Thanks again for contacting us!

      1. Musumba obed February 28, 2018

        nice to find here such page. am an African , uganda is my country. am a male, and am 19 years.I live in the western part of uganda in kasese district. kasese district boarders the democratic republic of Congo. I live with in the Rwenzori region in the foothills of mountain rwenzori. we are 10 children and am the 5th born. we all stay with our mother. our dady died when am 10 years old. we earn a living by the little farming we are crying. we are trying to study though school fees is a problem to us. but God is taking control of everything.
        am here looking for atrue friend , who may wish to be sponsoring me towards my education, and help me were necessary, even guide me , advice me, and give me knowledge. I joined nursing but I always have some problems with the school fees. some times I don’t study because they keeps on chasing me for fees.
        am here therefore looking for someone who may wish to sponsor me.
        am a Christian, believes in the almighty God and believes in the power of prayers.
        please pick me and let me be apart of your family. I pray that I get a sponsor because this is my prayers ever but God has not yet answered me.
        thanks very much if you chose me
        Musumba obed

        1. Christina February 28, 2018

          Musumba, I am deeply sorry to hear of the many hardships you and your family are experiencing. It is our policy to register children ages nine and younger, so we might be able to help your younger siblings. Please email us at [email protected] for further assistance with your request. We are so proud of you for pursuing nursing, and we understand that it is very difficult to finish your education due to fees and lack of provision. We look forward to receiving your email, so we may explore the possibility of helping your family. Have a blessed day!

      2. ELISEE NIYONSENGA September 2, 2015

        hello we are the Future Vision Acrobat, made a project called Circo-Rwanda with goal to spread trust, friendship and laughter and to help create a world filled with smiles and joy where everyone is able to develop and to express himself/herself and where everyone can feel hope for the future,even those who live in vulnerable situations.
        We will entertain and motivate students’ participants in the camp, provide students with an opportunity to see how a single individual can keep an entire Audience focused and interested with different examples of tricks that are performed through disciplined practice. CIRCO-RWANDA awe students with its ability to discipline our mind and body to do amazing feats requiring incredible balance. We continually encourage students to develop self esteem, discipline and perseverance to accomplish their Dreams and Goals. Our entire shows are examples of that type of determination and dedication to being what you want to be’’ when you grow up’’ Acrobatics is about learning to control your body, Learning to trust other people. Learning that you can do things you didn’t think you could.
        Gaining a skill that allows you to find a flow – which science has proven is a happy state of mind – in a way; acrobatics is meditation for the body.; we are willing to teach children how to Juggle, and learn the basics; continued practice and working towards a personal goal.
        we are lookingfor sponsors who may join us and fund us with capacity to keep up the good work and help us to use what we have to contribute in building the Kingdom of God!!
        thank you so much and hope to hear from you soon !!

        1. Susan Sayler September 2, 2015

          Hi Elisee! Please email us at [email protected] about partnership. Thank you and God bless you!

  7. Sue McClenaghan April 6, 2015

    Hi Gail and Susan, We are not ready to ‘advertise’ the website which isn’t finished and we still need many ‘stories’ to add. So if you would consider contributing stories could you let me know. We are planning to put in stories about the Bible, Australia, farms, school etc.I could forward an email with the ideas to you if you would like and the website. We are at the very early stages of doing this in our spare time. Any copy right free material would be really appreciated. Regards Sue

  8. Sue McClenaghan April 3, 2015

    Hi, I was wondering if I could contact Gail Taylor via email as with the help of others we are setting up a website to help sponsors with ‘stories’ to add to their letters

    1. Susan Sayler April 6, 2015

      Hi Sue! I would be happy to let Gail know so she can contact you. Were you wanting permission to share this post or just her input on setting up the website?

  9. Laura February 7, 2014

    I read that mail takes 2-3 months to arrive in most countries. Doesn’t the online letter get delivered more quickly? I realize you can’t send little gifts online so I will handwrite my next one but the first one I wanted to get there by his birthday (about 2 weeks away)

    1. Susan Sayler February 12, 2014

      Oh, Laura. I’m so sorry but online letters also take 2-3 months to be delivered. We have to print out these letters and send them on the regular way. However, I know that your child will be so blessed to know that you were thinking of him on his birthday!

  10. Melissa sims January 8, 2014

    I read somewhere that we could send baseball cards. Is this true and do we need to remove them from the packages?

    1. Susan Sayler January 9, 2014

      Melissa, we can send baseball cards. Please remove them from the packaging though.

      1. Elizabeth July 23, 2014

        Would we need to write the child and sponsor number on each card then? Is there a good idea for a way to package them so they don’t get lost? Thank you.

        1. Emily Vanhoutan July 23, 2014

          Hi Elizabeth! Yes, please write your child reference number and your sponsor number on any items you send to your child. This makes the process a lot quicker for our correspondence department and also ensures that all of your items will reach your child. You can staple your cards together if you would like before you place them in your envelope. The best way to ensure they do not get lost is to put the numbers on them that way if they are dropped or fall out, we still know who it is from and what child is goes to. Happy writing! 🙂

  11. Barbara January 7, 2014

    I send a letter to my child every month. I started off telling about one member of my family in each letter . Then I started telling her about our holidays and traditions in our family during those holidays. I send paper “ornaments” for a Christmas tree, white crosses for Easter, paper leaves with Bible verses about thankfulness at Thanksgiving, various things that corelate with my topic that month. I sometimes choose a country and tell her about it ( what kinds of animals live there, what the people are like, interesting things to see there, etc) and send a coloring book page of that country or stickers or a flag. There are lots of websites with coloring book pages and things you can print about countries or holidays. I send pictures of our family. I tell her about what I was like as a child and sent pictures of me as a child. I ask her about her daily routine, what is the best thing that happened to her this month, what is the worst thing that has happened this month, who her best friends are and what they do together. And I tell her the same about me. I also have a Bible in her language so I always look up a Bible verse to write each time in her own language. I also send a copy of the picture of HER that Compassion sent me because many kids (and their moms!) do not have pictures of themselves. It is easy to copy a picture and add a pretty paper frame. I also make my own stationary by googling an image of the topic for the month (holidays or countries) and then just center the image on the top of the page. Just start writing! They love getting them and there are endless topics you can talk about.

    1. Rose G February 20, 2014

      I just love all your ideas, I send stickers, because my girl loves to put them on her notebooks. I send valentines cards, etc, but I sometimes don’t really know what to talk about, so I really like how you made it ” real” I will be using some of these ideas myself.
      thank you

  12. Sharmila November 20, 2013


    my sponsor child is 1 year 6mnths old. any suggestions what i can ask her parents about her and gifts i can send to her.

  13. Judy October 16, 2013

    Going to Dominican Republic to see sponsored child in April 2014.
    Is there anyone who might be going on this tour that I could communicate with. Has anyone been there before and recommend gifts. Thank you.

    1. Susan Sayler October 16, 2013

      Hi Judy! How exciting! I hope you have an amazing trip! I recommend putting everything in a backpack that you can give to your child. This makes it easy to trasport. On a tour I went on, there was one sponsor who took a whole suitcase full of things for her sponsored child but there was so much that it was difficult for him to bring it home. Practical gifts, like soap or clothing, are great! Here are some other suggestions:

      -simple toys, such as jump rope, jacks, marbles, toy cars
      -doll, doll clothes
      -soccer ball, Frisbee
      -picture books, coloring books and crayons
      -baseball cap
      -hair ribbons, barrettes
      -soap, shampoo
      -toothbrush, toothpaste
      -hard candy (nothing that melts)
      -liquid bubbles
      -calculator (simple)
      -mini album for photos and letters you send to your child
      -pens, pencils, small sharpener, markers, paper, stickers

      1. Judy October 16, 2013

        Hi Susan Sayler, it was so nice of you to respond to my questions about our trip to the Dominican Republic. Lots of good ideas.
        Where did you go on your tour? If I may ask were vaccines required? Thanks so much. Judy Poisson

        1. Susan Sayler October 17, 2013

          Hi Judy! I’m happy to help! I actually went to Colombia on my tour. Vacinations were required, although I already had all that I had needed. If this is your first international trip, you’ll probably need four vaccinations at most for example Yellow fever, typhoid, Hepatitus A and B, etc.

      2. Gail October 16, 2013

        Hi Judy!

        The temptation is to take as much as you can but it can be overwhelming for your child. It’s better to take a couple of well chosen gifts than a whole bunch of things that can be overwhelming.

        I do recommend taking a small album of family photos as I did this when I met my girl Sarah and it was a great ice breaker even with the language barrier.

        I suggest that a chat with the tour organiser at Compassion may be useful too.

        1. Judy October 17, 2013

          Dear Gail, thank you for your input and reply. I agree with you on the gifts. I am sure it could overwhelming for the child. I definitely will bring a family photo album of update pictures. I do send pics during the year, but an album would be great with new pics. Thanks again for replying. Judy

  14. Sage Garrett May 30, 2013

    Thank you Ms. Gail for the help! I love letter-writing but I’ve been nervous about writing to the child I sponsor. And reading all of the comments has been quite encouraging as well.

  15. non January 3, 2013

    thanks a lot , it is a nice site , but what about writing BUSINESS REPORTS

    1. Susan Sayler January 3, 2013

      Hi! Would you please clarify what you mean by business reports? You can view our financial information here: We also have a blog post on the subject here: Thanks! -Susan

  16. Denise December 5, 2012

    Can I send a musical Birthday card?

    1. Jacquie Parella December 6, 2012

      You sure can!

  17. Sharon September 6, 2012

    Is it ok to send a greeting card that has music when opened?

    1. Jacquie Parella September 6, 2012

      It sure is! 🙂

      1. Lumumba Issa Mwarabu May 3, 2018

        Dear Jacquie Patella,
        How are you today? I have my daughter her name also is Jacqueline,we are refugee from Drcongo but for now we are in south Africa,we have too much problems here in this country,I will tell more If you email thank you very much.

        Have a good understanding.

        Faithfully yours

        1. Sarah May 4, 2018

          Lumumba, please email Compassion at [email protected] for more information on sponsorship. Thank you!

          1. muwanga isaac August 14, 2018

            i lve it

  18. Jayme-Lee April 11, 2012

    Hello everyone!
    I just signed up as a sponsor last night and my child is 4 years old and lives in Burkina Faso, Africa. Could anyone suggest things to write about or small things to send him since he is so little still? Thank you!! 🙂

    1. Gail April 17, 2012

      Hey Jayme-Lee
      Just follow the links to letter writing ideas as there are heaps there and check out as you can link up with others who sponsor in Burikina Faso for more specific ideas.
      Stickers are always a great gift, and being an African boy I’d suggest soccer sitckers.

      Congrats on your new sponsor child 🙂

  19. Gail March 18, 2012

    My pleasure! I’m glad they are a blessing to you and your sponsor child 🙂

  20. Allison R March 15, 2012

    Thank goodness! This is a huge blessing. I feel as though I always struggle for words, or where to start in my letter writing. I am not around children very often, and I was the youngest in my own family. I feel very guilty about not writing my child very often. It is my desire to remedy this.

    This is the first time I have taken the time to check out the Compassion website, and the letter writing on-line is one of the things I am most interested in. However, the content of the letter is really important.

    Thank you for posting your samples. I am very grateful.

  21. Helma T January 29, 2012

    Lynne, you need to go on the Compassion website, there they has a link to write your child. You will have to have you sponsor ship # to access your child. Then the website will walk you right through the process. Good luck. I too need to write more letters.

  22. lynne mantz January 27, 2012

    I just read how my sponsor child may not feel loved because I so seldom send letters, and I just shudder to think thats true. I want to do my best to send letters to her and would like to it by e-mail but I’m not very good on the computer but definitely would connect easier by using the computer to write. How and where do I type these to send, feel like a dummy : )

  23. Howard January 26, 2012

    Thanks for posting these! They helped to give me some ideas about what to write! Thanks again!

  24. Helma T January 25, 2012

    Wow, now I really feel guilty about not writing my children. I Just wrote them, so writing 1 letter a week is ok? Are we allowed to write about our lives? Using the computer does make it easier. Loved all your comments, opened my eyes that just sponsoring is not enough.

  25. Kay January 20, 2012

    I have found writing a letter on the computer easy, but how do I attach photos? I can’t seem to get it righ. I would be thankul for any and all help.

    1. Becky January 21, 2012

      Hi Kay, while I do not have any specific suggestions as it could be a wide variety of issues (CI website to the web browser (like internet explorer or firefox) or you internet connection speed), I highly recommend you call Compassion (800) 336-7676, use their live chat feature (both during the week), email them or put your question to a support website that the right CI person (and potentially other sponsors also) will respond to. Comments on the blog of this nature do not always get routed to the person who can help you.

  26. Angela January 18, 2012

    How do I print the cute stationary templates pictured in your post? When I try to click on them nothing happens.

  27. Chase Rakoseum December 26, 2011

    Every single letter brought a smile to my face but the ones that really got me were the letters and homemade cards from the children.

  28. Sample letters December 15, 2011

    Thanks for posting this excellent free sample letters. They may come in handy.

  29. Tracey December 12, 2011

    Great blog post ! I have sponsored for nearly three years now and I need new ideas so this blog is encouraging to me. I’ve written about all the different holidays here in the UK already. Here’s a letter I sent last year to my sponsored child in Indonesia.

    Dear Miati,
    I had a lovely Christmas present on Christmas Eve- a letter from you arrived ! I felt really blessed to get it. It was the letter Gerson helped you to write on 8th of August. (Say God bless you and thank you to Gerson for me- I am so glad you have someone to help you with letters. )
    You were getting ready for your Independence Day celebrations. Did you win the walk competition? What else did you do to celebrate Independence Day?
    We dont have an Independence day in Wales but we celebrate our national saints day on March 1st . It is called Saint David’s Day. Schools have singing, dancing and music competitions. Girls dress in our National costume-red skirts with a white apron, a red shawl pinned with a daffodil ( the national flower) and a tall black hat. Our national flag is a red dragon on a green and white background.
    You say you like chickens. My daughter Katie loves chickens too! I am sending you a photo of her china chickens that she collects and some chicken pictures for you to colour.
    Sending you all my love,

    1. Gail December 13, 2011

      Great letter Tracey 🙂 I enjoyed learning a little about Wales reading it myself. Thanks for sharing.

      I totally agree with you that this blog is a great source of inspiration for letter and “letter gifts” ideas. We have some VERY creative sponsors 🙂 I also find Our Compassion ( another great source of inspiration.

  30. Margie December 11, 2011

    Bless you, Gail. I was thinking that the letters I write to my sponsor children were getting a bit too much the same so I appreciate you giving us some suggestions about what to write. Keep up the great work.

  31. Gail December 11, 2011

    Joanna – great letter! It helps your girl understand more about your world. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  32. Liz December 10, 2011

    Joanna, the snowflakes are such a cute idea! I will have to make some to send to my little Jose in El Salvador.

  33. Joanna December 9, 2011

    I enjoyed reading the sample letters that a couple of you sent, so I’ll add mine! Here is a copy of the letter I sent last month to my eleven year old girl in Uganda. I just sponsored her in June, so I’ve only gotten two letters from her. I try to write every month.

    “Dear Jarriet,
    I greet you in the love of Christ. How are you and your family? I and my family are well.
    Here in the U.S.A. we celebrate Thanksgiving in November. We thank God for the recent harvest and the many other things He gives us. This year, I made a list of some of the things I’m thankful for. You, Jarriet, are on my list.
    Also sometime in November we usually have our first snow where we live. Have you ever seen snow? Snow is so beautiful. It is pure white and sparkles when the sun shines on it. It is fun to play in and build things out of. When you pack it together it sticks to itself so you can shape it into balls or blocks. One amazing thing about snow is that no two flakes are just alike. I like to make paper snowflakes, like the ones I’m sending you, to decorate with.
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday. What did you buy with the birthday money I sent?
    I got your letter in the mail this week. Thank you for writing. I like the pictures you drew. My favorite sport is Frisbee.
    May the Lord bless you and your family. I love you Jarriet.
    Your friend,

    I copied Isaiah 40:11 at the bottom of the letter. I also sent several paper snowflakes that I made.
    For me, there are some days when I can think of lots to say and some days when I can’t think of anything to say. So don’t think all my letters are as long as this one. I’m sure that a short letter is so much better than no letter!

  34. Sandra December 9, 2011

    Gail, thank you for sharing your letter ideas. Although I do write to my 2 girls at least once a month, I feel guilty if it’s a short letter. I don’t want them to feel disappointed or think I don’t care enough to write a longer letter. Does anyone else feel this way or am I a little crazy????

    1. Gail December 11, 2011

      Don’t feel guilty if it’s short. If you’re writing once a month that’s terrific! Even if it’s only a couple of lines that’s great.

      A short letter is better than no letter and it doesn’t take much to share your love with them. Little often is better than long letters hardly ever.

      I’m sure others feel like this but give yourself a break and pat on the back for writing often 🙂

  35. Kim Edge December 9, 2011

    My young lady turns 22 and ages out of the program in Ethiopia this month. Any advice as to what I should say in my farewell letter? 🙁

    1. Gail December 11, 2011

      Let her know that although you won’t be writing to her you will still think of her, love her and pray for her for the rest of your life. Encourage her to keep her faith, especially in the hard times. Ask God to give special Bible verses to leave with her. Thank her for her friendship, love and prayers. Tell her you are proud of the wonderful lady she has become.

  36. Autumn December 8, 2011

    Hi my daughter is 9 yrs old and has a huge compassion for Hatti, We dont have a lot of money to donate at this time, but we would like to send clothes toys and tolite trees. Does anyone know how or where we can do this??

  37. Jill Foley ~ Compassion Family December 8, 2011

    As with anything, I think letter writing is something you grow into and become more and more comfortable with as the relationship develops.

    One resource I found very helpful was the book Sheba’s Song by J. A. Harbison. It’s a fictional story about the relationship that develops (through letters) between and Indian girl and her sponsor.

    There have been times, when I want to write but don’t have much time and I’ve simply sent an online letter saying, “I love you. God loves you. If I were with you right now I would give you a hug!”

    1. Gail December 11, 2011

      Thanks Jill for the reminder that even a quick online letter is ok. A couple of sentences of love may be all our child needs to hear, and it is better than not writing at all.

  38. Susan December 8, 2011

    I’m just not sure I am connecting with my Pamela. I write about things we do, about my daughter becoming a teacher. I tell her about the changing seasons, about my church. I have asked her many times what she wants to be when she grows up. I never receive comment or answer to my questions.
    One thing that disturbs me is that she continues to ask when I am coming to Honduras. Are these children encouraged to ask t his? I doubt I’ll ever meet Pamela but I don’t know how to say that or if I should respond to that at all.

    1. Misty December 8, 2011

      I don’t know that they are encouraged to ask about visiting, but I know that most of the kids, if asked, will say they want to meet their sponsor more than just about anything else. Because Compassion does group tours that visit the projects and have a child/sponsor fun day, and Honduras is a popular country, sponsors may have come to her project or a friend of hers may have met their sponsor, so Pamela might have it more on her mind than some. I have responded in the past that it does cost alot of money to go to a different country and that I can’t afford that, or the time off work, adding that I would love to meet them, but it doesn’t seem possible.

      I have actually met my two girls in Honduras, but even when I knew I was going, if they asked, I would say something similar to above just in case something happened to prevent my going.
      God bless!

      1. Gail December 11, 2011

        It’s important to be honest with your Pamela and tell her you can’t visit her. I’ve had to do this with some of my kids, sometimes more than once. I do encourage them that one day we could meet in heaven.
        It’s difficult to keep writing when you don’t feel a connection. I have this with some of my kids, where others I feel a great connection. I keep writing and encouraging them, trusting that God will honour my faithfulness and believing my letters make a big difference, even when I don’t see the fruit in their letters. For some cultures they just don’t write letters, except through Compassion, so it’s difficult for them to express themselves in letters, even for the adults.

        So keep it up anyway, I’m sure Pamela really treasures your letters, particularly if she wants to meet you so much 🙂

  39. Alyssa December 7, 2011

    Here is a copy of a letter I wrote to our 9 year old in Africa…I like to include details to help him get to know the different personalities in our family, and this letter focused on our baby. Hope this helps someone! 🙂
    Dear John James ,
    Hello! How are you and your family? I hope you are all doing well. How is school going?
    Things here are going well. Today my children have a day off of school, which is always exciting for them, and the weather is surprisingly warm. It is autumn now, so the leaves on the trees are all turning yellow and beginning to fall to the ground and the nights are getting very cold. Most of the days are chilly, but every now and then we still have a warm one. Soon we will begin to get snow!
    My husband (who’s name is John, like yours!) travels a lot for his work, and last month he was in Africa. He went to Ghana and Mali.
    My children are doing well. Our baby, Solomon, is nine months old and has three teeth now, which means he likes to bite things! He especially likes to bite the other children’s toes when they’re not watching him. For such a tiny person, he can sure move fast! He is just starting to say his first words, and it’s fun because he is trying to say his siblings’ names. It’s really cute. Sometimes he sits on the floor and sings to himself, which is funny.
    Our whole family prays for you, Elogu John James. We love getting your letters and pictures. We think about you and your family every day!! You are wonderful!!
    Love, Alyssa and Family

    1. Gail December 11, 2011

      Great letter Alyssa! I can almost see Solomon attacking his siblings 🙂

  40. James Schrock December 7, 2011

    A few ideas: I try to write to my boys (10 of them) at least once a month or more. They love pictures, so as often as possible I try to include a picture(s) with the letter that illustrates what I’m writing about. I live in a small town. Each year they hold a fireman’s festival. I write about the festival and include pictures of the parade and the water fights by the different fire departments. The Fifties Fling is held each spring. The highlight is the car show, a couple hundred of them. Great photo opportunity. The Swiss Festival is held each fall. Give a little background and more parade and event pictures. A lot of farming and produce growing in the area. I tell them about it and include pictures of the many family-owned greenhouses selling flowers and vegetables. The boys, especially the older ones, like to hear about activities in my church. Try to pick up on things your child mentions in his or her letter. One of my boys lives in the city, but loves to go to the park and the country. I live in the country, so I tell him what it looks like, what I liked to do when I was his age, and send pictures of the places where I used to play, etc. There’s more, but this may help someone get started.

  41. Kees Boer December 7, 2011

    Thank you for doing this. I like this…… but, you don’t like math????? I can help you with that…. jajajajajaja


    1. Gail December 7, 2011

      I can DO math. I just don’t LIKE math. I’m happy that way. So thanks for the offer but no deal. 🙂

  42. Gail December 7, 2011

    Thanks for all the feedback peeps. I’m glad I’ve been an ecnouragement and some help to you.

    Can you help others by writing a sample or two letter in the comments?

  43. Christin @ Joyful Mothering December 7, 2011

    Love these ideas. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who loves writing my sponsored child!
    Some people told me I might overwhelm her, but I don’t think 2-3 letters a month would be too overwhelming, do you?

    Thank you for the examples! Michelle from Blogging From the Boonies has some great posts with lots of ideas for writing letters. I bookmarked them and any time I get into a pinch, I just go there and get an idea! 🙂

    1. Gail December 7, 2011

      Christin – whether 2-3 letters per month is overwhelming would totally depend on the child’s personality, their age and their culture. Some kids would love it and others would find it a bit much.

      Here’s some suggestions on how you could find out:

      * Search this blog for information about the culture of the country where your child is from as some clearly aren’t letter writing lands.

      * You could also ask in a letter the question “Do you feel I send you too many letters?”

      * You could pray and ask God for what He thinks is too many letters because He alone knows your heart and hers.

      God bless you.


  44. Becky December 7, 2011

    Can someone tell me whether it makes much difference to these children whether you hand write a letter or write one on the computer? I really like being able to choose a nice template, write a letter to one of our sponsored children, and then be able to change that letter to send to another child. Thanks.

    1. Tina September 11, 2014

      I think hand written is always better. It shows that 1.) you’re a real person 2.) you took time out of your busy day to send them something more personable. When writing, I print verse using cursive because cursive is harder for a child to read. I also include some sort of picture (I am an animator, so I draw a picture of my sponsor kid doing something/ eating something that she has told me she likes. So even if she has a hard time reading english, the message of the letter is still conveyed) and a bible verse is very important to include. These letters might be the only words of God that they hear.

    2. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies December 8, 2011

      I think that the children are really just happy to receive letters, but ending them through the mail allows you also include fun extras as well!
      I send monthly letters both ways. I send more online now with the option to include pictures on our letters, but I still really love to pick out fun gifts and mail those in as well. (Ideas can be found here: )

    3. Gail December 7, 2011

      I don’t know for sure Becky but my guess would be that it would be different for each child. The most important thing is that we send letters to our children, at least 2-3 times a year to let them know we care.

      If it works better for you to write online then go for it. A typed letter is better than no letter.

      You could also mix it up every now and then with a hand written letter or card, say Christmas card and do the rest online.

  45. Meredith December 7, 2011

    I love the templates for the fancy stationary. I find the Compassion stationary to be boring after 7 years of writing letters to my girls. I also send cards quite often. How can I access/copy these templates that you have in this article?

    1. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies December 8, 2011

      Those are from the new online letter writing system, but we also buy colorful printer paper from the Dollar Store for letters as well. They often have quite a selection!

    2. Becky December 7, 2011

      Compassion USA recently rolled out a new online letter writing format that they discuss in this blog entry:

      These templates are part of that format. Simply log-in to your account (if you are US sponsor you have one or can create one), and select the child’s name under my account and then click ‘write to child name’. The template is the first part you choose about the letter. Happy writing 🙂

      1. Gail December 7, 2011

        If you sponsor through a Compassion country other than the USA then there may be letter templates on your local website, probably under your “My Account” but they will look different to the ones in the picture above.

        If you can’t find it please call or email your local Compassion office as I know they will be happy to help.

  46. Jenn December 7, 2011

    These are great ideas! Whenever I write to my kids I just write about my day leaving out the boring details or the things that might be inappropriate. My little girl Alteah and I have gotten pretty close so I just tell her about my school or sports or even if it just hasn’t been an eventful day. I let her know I’m thinking of her and praying for her. Her aunt tells me she loves hearing about my days and reading about all the things I do. And to my other kids (boys) I tell them about sports or other things like that. I don’t have a real strong relationship with either of them yet.

    1. Gail December 7, 2011

      We often forget that our days can look very different to the way other people live so even that is a good thing to share in a letter.

      Are you able to write up a sample letter to show US what that may look like?

  47. Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies December 7, 2011

    These are great examples! Simple and sweet letters are loved just as much as elaborate ones!

    I have some devotions that I’ve created for sponsors to copy and paste into letters as well! You can find them here:

    1. Gail December 7, 2011

      Oooo, I like the idea of sending a custom made devotional to them. Great idea Michelle 🙂

  48. Sarah December 7, 2011

    Gail, these are really great. I would add that my sponsored kids love learning about other places. We went to New York CIty this summer and I’m getting a lot of mileage out of that trip! I’ve written one letter about the New Year’s celebration in Times Square, another about visiting the real Winnie the Pooh at the New York Public Library, another about art at the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, and will soon be doing one about bridges (we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge). Like you, I always turn it around to relate it to the kids – I ask how they do it in their country, or if they like to read, or if they like to draw… I’d also mention that I just bought the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records book… it’s filled with crazy, wonderful amazing facts…to show them what an incredible world God has made for us. Lots of mileage to be had there, too! 🙂

    1. Gail December 7, 2011

      Great ideas Sarah. Thanks for sharing.

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