The opportunity to build a relationship with your sponsored child is one of the most rewarding and powerful parts of the sponsorship program. However, between distance and the busyness of everyday life, it can be difficult to be intentional and stay focused on your relationship with your sponsored child. Listed below are some practical ways to make your sponsored child feel like a part of the family along with keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.
Celebrate Your Sponsored Child!
Celebrate special days and milestones with your sponsored child whenever you get the chance, just as you would with members of your own family. Birthdays, graduations and holidays are all great opportunities to make your sponsored child feel seen and loved. Send them a monetary gift, letter or photo! Let them know they are special to you and that you are thinking of them. Include friends and family in the fun and brainstorm unique ways to love on your sponsored child on their special day.
Research Your Sponsored Child’s Culture
Do a little research and educate yourself on your sponsored child’s culture, country and region. You may be separated by distance, but knowing about the traditions, weather, agriculture and history of your sponsored child’s culture can help you feel connected to them and know how to better engage with them. Make it your mission to research and learn until their home feels as familiar as your own.