As a sponsor, the special relationship you build with your sponsored child through your letters and prayers is crucial in helping to meet that child’s needs. A relationship is a two-way street. The letters you receive from your sponsored child can open your eyes to life in different parts of the world, inspire you and broaden your understanding of what it means to be part of the kingdom of God.
But the impact on sponsored children can be even more profound. Your letters can inspire them to study harder at school, to be more confident in their relationships and to draw closer to God. Over and over, graduates from Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program point to their sponsors’ letters and prayers as the two things above all others that gave them hope, courage and the belief that they could overcome their circumstances.
A recent study Compassion carried out in Peru, Rwanda, Guatemala, eastern India and Thailand found that:
- More than 90 percent of children report strongly experiencing joy, love, encouragement and a sense of belonging when they receive letters from their sponsors.
- Many children who receive letters report that they are more likely to pray and are more self-motivated to improve their circumstances.
- Children who receive letters report feeling more motivated at school and church activities.
- Children who receive letters consistently demonstrate greater confidence, including behaviors like an ability to care, awareness of generosity and sharing, ability to communicate, obedience and helpfulness.
- Virtually all children who receive sponsor letters keep them forever, regularly reading them and rereading them, particularly when they are discouraged.
“I like to receive gifts, but I love to get my sponsor’s letter more. I love it especially when there are photos of my sponsor. My sponsor Miss Johnson loves me and sends me a nice photo of her. She wrote that she prays for me.” — 7-year-old Tithi from Bangladesh
Not sure what to write?
We know that it can be difficult to know where to start when writing your sponsored child. Try this handy “GREAT” acronym the next time you write a letter!
R—Remember something your sponsored child has said and build on it.
E—Explain something about yourself or your world.
A—Ask your sponsored child a question.
T—Ta-ta! Say your goodbyes. This is a great place to share a Bible verse and a word of encouragement.
Can a piece of paper really make a difference? Yes! An eternal difference!