Are my letters really that important?
Yes. Your letters are life-changing. They matter as much as your financial generosity.
A child who understands his or her true value to God has taken the first step in overcoming poverty. And the easiest way for you to help your child take that step is to be involved in his or her life by writing letters.
As a sponsor you are in a position to model Christ's love. Your letters establish you as a significant person in your child's life. You are acting as a mentor.
Sponsored children treasure every letter they receive, and many children read their letters repeatedly, eagerly sharing them with visitors. Even into adulthood Compassion graduates emphasize the importance and influence their sponsors' letters had in their lives. Regardless of cultural and age differences, everyone grows stronger with consistent messages of love and support.
Plus, letters are an important part of your child's development. Exchanging letters improves your child's basic literacy skills and his or her self-awareness and ability to put thoughts and feelings into words.
And keep in mind that topics you consider uninteresting, or that you feel you've discussed before, are viewed differently by a child in the developing world.
Every day poverty tells children, "You don't matter." But that is a lie, and your letters demonstrate that. They say, "You do matter, Suzana." "I care about you, Renato." "Jesus loves you, Lerionga."
You can read more about the importance of letter writing from a sponsor's perspective on the Compassion blog.
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