Have you ever sat down to write a letter to your sponsored child and battled with the blank page? You’re not alone! We’re here to help you defeat the writer’s block with our top 10 tips.
16 Jan, 2020
It can be hard to find the right words to say to your sponsored child, especially when your worlds seem so far apart. But these letters of encouragement can speak life over the children in our programs, so we've put together 10 tips to keep the communication going.
In all your letters, please only use your first name when you write to your sponsored child. Or, if you sponsor as a family, just use the first names of each family member. Your sponsored child will also only use their first name. This is so we can ensure both you and they have an appropriate level of privacy and protection.
Tip 1: Refer to their most recent letter
The easiest place to start is by taking a look at what you received in your last letter. Did they draw you a picture? Tell them what you liked about it. Did they talk to you about their friends and family? Ask further questions about them.
Tip 2: Answer their questions
If they asked you any questions, answer them! It seems simple, but it can really help you get to know each other and lead to new conversations.
Tip 3: Talk about school
Think back to when you were their age and tell them what you liked about school. Ask them what their favourite subject is or if they have a favourite teacher. If they’re not yet in school, ask them if they are excited about going one day.
Tip 4: Ask about their community and interests
Try to find some common ground. Whether you're a sporty person or stay inside and read type, you can see if you and your sponsored child have any similarities. Ask them if they play sport or games with friends. And why not find out more about their day-to-day life, such as what their house is like and the community they are a part of? The possibilities are endless!
Tip 5: Tell them about your world
Just as you are fascinated to hear what life is like for your sponsored children, they’re just as curious about you. Do you have any pets or hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? They may be curious about Australia so you can tell them that we have koalas as pets and ride kangaroos to work and school (or maybe stick to the truth!).
Tip 6: Send photos
If you’ve ever been to see Compassion’s work overseas and visited the home of a sponsored child, you may have seen photos of their sponsor displayed in pride of place in their home. Just as we love receiving new photos of them, they love to see what we look like.
Tip 7: Share your favourite Bible verse
It’s always a great idea to look to God’s Word for inspiration. There may be a passage you read recently which really resonated with you or a memory verse from your childhood that you just can’t get out of your head. Whatever it is, share it with your sponsored child and explain why that verse means so much to you.
Tip 8: Draw a picture
Ask your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or pick up the pencils and crayons yourself to draw a picture for your sponsored child. Even if you’re not overly artistic, just say you’re trying to be the next abstract artist! If drawing isn’t your thing, stickers always go down well.
Tip 9: Ask them for prayer
It’s easy to forget we aren’t the only ones who are able to pray; your sponsored children would love to know how they can pray for you. Many of them mention in their letters that they have been praying for their sponsors, so if you have requests for prayer, even for simple things if your sponsored child is quite young, ask away!
Tip 10: Tell them you care and are praying for them
One of the best ways to finish off a letter is to tell your sponsored child that you care about them, love them, and are praying for them. It means so much to them to know that someone in another part of the world cares.
So, there you go—writer’s block, defeated!
Why not put these tips into practise by writing a letter to your sponsored child?
Words by Monique Wallace Photo by Sean Sheridan
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