Sample Letters to Send to Your Sponsored Child

There’s no question about it: your letters make a huge difference in the life of the child you sponsor. But if you’re not sure what to say, being encouraged to write can often just make you feel guilty. (We know, we’ve been there.) But guilt is a waste if it doesn't drive you to action. If you believe your words can bring joy and love (and trust us, they do) but struggle to write, simply customise the template letters below.

23 May, 2017


Sample Letters to Send to Your Sponsored Child

The templates below are organised by the child’s age or different letter themes. Just copy, paste and customise the letter for your sponsored child. Easy!

THE FIRST LETTER

To a preschool-aged child

Example

To dear Ritchel,

My name is Sarah and I am so happy to be your sponsor! I am excited to learn more about you and to watch you grow up. I hope we can be great friends.

The picture I have sent you is of me at the beach. I would love you to draw me a picture of you and your family.

I will be praying for you and your family.

Love, Sarah

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To dear______,

My name is______ and I am so happy to be your sponsor! I am excited to learn more about you and to watch you grow up. I hope we can be great friends.

The picture I have sent you is of ______. I would love you to draw me a picture of you and your family.

I will be praying for you and your family.

Love_______.

To a primary-school aged child

Example

Dearest Leonard,

My name is Helena and I am so happy to be your sponsor! I am excited to learn more about you and to watch you grow up. I hope we can be great friends.

Where do you live? I can see that you are five years old, I am 31 years old and live in Australia in a place called Newcastle. The picture I have sent you is of me at the beach.

What do you enjoy doing?

I am looking forward to hearing from you, I will be praying for you and your family.

Love, Helena

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To dear______,

My name is______ and I am so happy to be your sponsor! I am excited to learn more about you and to watch you grow up. I hope we can be great friends.

Where do you live? I can see that you are five years old, I am 31 years old and live in Australia in a place called___. The picture I have sent you is of me at the___.

What do you enjoy doing?

I am looking forward to hearing from you, I will be praying for you and your family.

Love,______.

To a teenager

Example

To dear Carlos,

My name is Grace and I am so happy to be your sponsor! I am excited to learn more about you. I hope we can be great friends.

Where do you live? I can see that you are 15 years old, I am 31 years old and live in Australia in a place called Newcastle. Newcastle is a coastal town with more than 400, 000 people in it. How many people live in your area?

The picture I have sent you is of me at the beach close to my house.

Please know I am praying for you and your family. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Love, Grace.

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To dear______,

My name is______ and I am so happy to be your sponsor! I am excited to learn more about you. I hope we can be great friends.

Where do you live? I can see that you are______ years old, I am______ years old and live in Australia in a place called______. It’s a small/big/country/coastal town.

How many people live in your area?

The picture I have sent you is of______.

Please know I am praying for you and your family. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Love,______.

THEMED LETTERS

Your favourite Bible verse or story

Example

To my dear Priya,

Hello from Australia! Thank you for your beautiful letter. I’m so proud of you for working so hard at school and achieving such wonderful exam results. Well done.

I have been reading about the life of Ruth in the Bible. She is one of my favourite Bible characters because no one thought she was important – she was a widow who didn’t have much money and was living far away from her birth family. But God saw her true value and His plan for her life ended with her being a part of the lineage of Jesus. How beautiful is that! Let me encourage you that God has a beautiful plan and purpose for your life, too.

What’s your favourite Bible story?

Love from Mollie.

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To my dear_______,

Hello from Australia! Thank you for your beautiful letter. I’m so proud of you for______. Well done.

I have been reading about the life of___in the Bible. _is one of my favourite Bible characters because_. How wonderful is that! Let me encourage you that God___.

What’s your favourite Bible story?

Love from______.

Describe a photo of your family

Example

Dear Pafula,

With this letter I am sending you a photo of my brothers Sam and Isaac, my sister lucy and my mum and dad. This photo was taken when my sister Lucy graduated from university. I like it because Lucy got her degree in medicine: she’s going to be a doctor! It was a very difficult course so Lucy had to study really hard. We are so proud of her for finishing it!

Do you like school? What is your favourite subject? My favourite subject was history and I didn’t really like maths.

Please tell your family I love them and am praying for them.

Love Ollie.

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Dear ______,

With this letter I am sending you a photo of___. This photo was taken when___.

I like it because______.

Do you like school? What is your favourite subject? My favourite subject was______ and I didn’t really like______.

Please tell your family I love them and am praying for them.

I love you heaps!

Love, ______.

Describe holiday traditions

Example

Dear Luis,

Thank you for your letter. I loved hearing about how you celebrated Christmas at your Compassion project. We spent Christmas at my parent’s house with lots of my relatives. We went to church together in the morning, then spent the afternoon swimming at the beach. It was fun. How does your family celebrate Christmas?

We’re on holidays now so I’ve been spending lots of time catching up with friends, swimming and reading books. What do you like doing in your spare time?

I’m looking forward to your next letter. I’m praying for you and your family, and I’m very proud of you.

From, Mitch.

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Dear______,

Thank you for your letter. I loved hearing about how you celebrated Christmas at your Compassion project. We spent Christmas at ______. How does your family celebrate Christmas?

We’re on holidays now so I’ve been______. What do you like doing in your spare time?

I’m looking forward to your next letter. I’m praying for you and your family, and I’m very proud of you.

Lots of love, ______.

Introduce your family

Example

To dear Abraham,

Thank you for your last letter, I love hearing from you.

Who is in your family? Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have a mother and father, an older sister and a younger brother. We are a very close family and enjoy spending time with each other.

Growing up we spent a lot of time at the ocean in the sun, swimming and surfing. My sister is married now and they have a one-year-old daughter called Rosie. She is very sweet and I love being an aunty.

How many people do you have living in your home? We have two in our home plus a dog named Honey.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Your sponsor, Kym.

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To dear______,

Thank you for your last letter, I love hearing from you.

Who is in your family? Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have a______.

How many people do you have living in your home? We have______ in our home, plus a ______.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Your sponsor,______.

Talk about your pets

Example

To dear Sarah,

I hope you are your family are well. Thank you for praying for me and my family. I enjoyed receiving the picture you drew of the monkey, you are a very good artist!

What is your favourite animal? Do you have any pets?

We have a dog named Coco. Her breed is a poodle and she is dark brown. She loves to go on walks and chase the ball. She likes to be very close to us all the time. She is kind and gentle with everyone.

There are some animals in Australia that you can only find in this country, two of them are the koala and kangaroo. Koalas sleep a lot and kangaroos bounce around and are very strong. What animals are common in Indonesia?

I have included a picture of me and our dog, Coco.

Praying for you always,

Heather

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To dear______,

I hope you are your family are well. Thank you for praying for me and my family. I enjoyed receiving the picture you drew of the______, you are a very good artist!

What is your favourite animal? Do you have any pets?

We have a______. There are some animals in Australia that you can only find in this country, two of them are the koala and kangaroo. Koalas sleep a lot and kangaroos bounce around and are very strong. What animals are common in Indonesia?

(You could enclose a photograph with the letter.)

Praying for you always, ______.

Australia’s weather

Example

To dear Thomas,

How are you? How is the weather where you live? In Australia, it is getting cold, we are at the end of Autumn. We have four seasons in a year: Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Our summer is very warm and we spend a lot of time swimming in the ocean. Autumn starts to get a bit cooler and the leaves fall off the trees. Winter is cold and the sun goes down in the late afternoon. Spring is lovely, the flowers bloom into beautiful colours and the sun is warm. Do you have different seasons?

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon,

All my love and prayers, Louise

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To dear______, How are you? How is the weather where you live? In Australia, it is getting cold, we are at the end of Autumn. We have four seasons in a year: Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Our summer is very warm and we spend a lot of time swimming in the ocean. Autumn starts to get a bit cooler and the leaves fall off the trees. Winter is cold and the sun goes down in the late afternoon. Spring is lovely, the flowers bloom into beautiful colours and the sun is warm. Do you have different seasons?

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon,

All my love and prayers, ______.

Please share these templates with all your sponsor friends and let’s see more children receiving letters!

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Words by Heather King and Zoe Noakes


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