6. Choose by country.
Is there a particular location you are interested in? Is God repeatedly drawing your heart to a certain region? If so, you may want to choose a child based on where he or she lives.
Warning: Whichever country you choose, you will come to care for it deeply.
Drought in Ethiopia, hurricanes in Haiti, flooding in Bangladesh — these will no longer be just headlines in a newspaper for you. Your heart will be tied to that part of the world.
7. Choose by age.
Are you interested in corresponding with an older child, a youth on the verge of adulthood, a teenager or pre-teen? Perhaps you want a child who is the same age or is close in age to one of your own children.
8. Choose by cause.
- Orphaned child
- Affected by HIV/AIDS
- With a higher risk of exploitation or abuse