Words have power. They can destroy and create. Sometimes a single word can change everything.

Do you remember the words and kind acts that encouraged you when you were young? Who was the adult that spoke into your life? Perhaps a teacher, a coach, or a relative changed the trajectory of your life, all with the way they spoke to you. Hopefully, he or she spoke positive words of love and acceptance that encouraged you.

Our words have the unique power to quickly take root in the fertile soil of a child’s spirit. Proverbs 16:24 brings this truth to light, sharing that “kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” A life can be changed forever with as little as a single phrase, an uplifting word or an act of kindness.

A 21st century Jewish Rabbi shared this striking statement about the power of words: “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively use words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”

Think of the power we wield and the impact we can make if we become more intentional about encouraging our sponsored children. The right words make all the difference.

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What you write to your sponsored child is, quite simply, life-changing and powerful.

It cannot be overstated. The children in our programs are telling us this. What you say in your letters matters!

After a misdiagnosis as a child, sixteen-year-old Yair was re-diagnosed with epilepsy. His seizures are aggressive, and Yair often forgets what happens after he loses consciousness. Because of this, the doctor recommended that Yair leave school so he could rest.

When Yair experiences anxiety and sadness about his situation, he finds the light of hope shining from letters written 7,500 miles away.

“When I get sad, I read the letters that my sponsors send me. I feel the power of God in the letters, because what they say helps me to calm my emotions and see things from a different perspective."

“I want to keep receiving letters. I want to keep communication with my sponsors,” Yair said. “Reading those letters changes my mind. It fills me with love; it is a light I find.”

Our words are often the very things that help create future dreams. And sometimes those dreams are to be just like us. It doesn’t take much to make an imprint in the spirit of a child. In your next letter, consider the power of your words and choose to make a mark that will last a lifetime. Build your sponsored child up in Jesus' name.


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