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How to write a wonderful letter to your sponsored child

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Letter writing ideas: our top 10 letter-writing tips

Sponsored children love receiving letters! And as sponsors we want to bless them through our messages. But what to write? Sometimes we sit down and writer's block creeps in. To help out, we’re sharing our top letter-writing tips!

1) Write words of love, support and encouragement in your letters

We all need to be encouraged and affirmed in our walk through life. This is especially important for your sponsored child who may not be used to thinking that they have value. Knowing someone, somewhere in the world cares about them and is praying for them has an enormous impact on sponsored children.

2) Share your favourite Bible verse in your letters and cards

Here are some of our favourite Bible verses for cards:

  • "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
  • "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
  • "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
  • "I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me." Psalm 120:1
  • "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

how to write a letter to your sponsored child

3) Your letters don't have to be long. Simply show an interest in your sponsored child and ask questions

Questions you can ask your sponsored child in your letters:

  • Who are your family members?
  • How old are your siblings?
  • What is your favourite colour?
  • Which sports do you enjoy?
  • Do you have a favourite Bible verses?
  • Which subjects do you enjoy at school?

4) Don’t expect a pen-pal type of relationship

Letter writing skills take time to learn and writing is part of your sponsored child’s learning process. It will take time for them to learn to read, write and express themselves so be patient.

5) Think about what you'd like to know about your sponsored child and share that information in your letters

Here's just some of the many topics you could cover in your letters:

  • Introduce yourself and your family. Do you have children, siblings, cousins, pets? 
  • Share about your hobbies. Do you play sport? Are you musical?
  • Do you enjoy travelling? Is there a particular country you're interested in? Have you ever visited the country or continent where your sponsored child lives?
  • Share sensitively about your holidays. We've put together some specific writing tips about how to share about your holidays in your letters and cards.
  • Share about the culture, customs and holidays in the UK. How do you celebrate Christmas or Easter?
  • Your sponsored child may well be interested in your work, school or church. Share more about what you do and why you enjoy it.

6) Be encouraged: Sponsored children treasure your letters!

Even if they don’t say it, please know your letters are immensely valued and treasured. Sponsored children keep their letters in special places. Many testimonies from Compassion-assisted children explain how their sponsor was key to finding their identity in Christ, having self-worth and reaching their full potential.

 7) Avoid jargon or slang

When you write your letter or card, ‘think’ in your child’s language and culture. Take a moment to ask yourself if your letter would make sense to a child.

8) Send a photo

Compassion-sponsored children love receiving photos. If you send a letter or card online you can easily attach a photo of yourself. We even have special cards designed for your photo on the front.

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9) Letter writing ideas for kids

If you sponsor as a family, why not encourage your kids to get involved and start writing letters and cards to your sponsored child. They'll not only learn about life in a developing country, they'll improve their own writing skills at the same time!

10) Book it in!

Set aside a regular time to write to your sponsored child. You could set a reoccurring calendar reminder on your phone as a handy reminder.

We know that children love receiving letters from their sponsors, so log in to your myCompassion account and send a letter or a card today

Short on time? Here’s a sample letter template you can use as a guide:

Dear Susan,

How are you? I hope you and your family are well.

It’s winter here so it’s very cold and the nights are long. What’s the weather like where you are? I’m looking forward to spring which is beautiful in the UK. There are lots of flowers everywhere including daffodils, which are bright yellow flowers. They are my favourite flower. Do you have a favourite flower?

I have a cat called Midnight who has black fur. She is seven years old and loves to sleep in warm spots. She is very friendly and enjoys playing with brightly coloured pieces of string. Do you have any pets? What is your favourite animal?

I pray for you regularly. I pray for you to know God's peace and love. Do you have a favourite Bible verse?

I look forward to hearing from you.

From your sponsor, Sandra

Copy the template:

Dear ____,

How are you? I hope you and your family are well.

It’s winter here so it’s very cold and the nights are long. What’s the weather like where you are? I’m looking forward to spring which is beautiful in the UK. There are lots of flowers everywhere including daffodils, which are bright yellow flowers. My favourite is ___. Do you have a favourite flower?

We have a ___. Do you have any pets? What is your favourite animal?

I pray for you regularly. I pray for you to know God's peace and love. Do you have a favourite Bible verse?

I look forward to hearing from you.

From your sponsor, ___

Write to your sponsored child today
 



WORDS : Roz Walsh

PHOTOS : Compassion UK


 

Article Comments

Letter writing

Hi! Another really helpful article. I make sure I write at the beginning of every month, its a good discipline! Thanks
19 June 2018 |  Author : steph Darbyshire

Writing hints

Thank you team. They were very helpful and timely.
9 March 2018 |  Author : Lorna Brook
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Letter writing

Hi! Another really helpful article. I make sure I write at the beginning of every month, its a good discipline! Thanks
19 June 2018 |  Author : steph Darbyshire

Writing hints

Thank you team. They were very helpful and timely.
9 March 2018 |  Author : Lorna Brook
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