I love letter writing — I consider it my hobby! And what I especially love is that this hobby allows me to encourage children all over the world through Compassion. I believe that I can follow the Great Commission by coming alongside the churches that Compassion works with and encouraging the children I write to follow Jesus.
This vision is what keeps me writing even when it is hard, and especially when I feel like I’m not connecting with a child. Letter writing is a way to come alongside and encourage a child!
Letter writing also makes my Compassion sponsorship personal. When I consistently write to the children, I spend time thinking about them during the day and praying for each child by name. Sponsorship is no longer just a gift of my money, but of my time.
But it does get hard sometimes.
Here are some of the biggest frustrations that sponsors like me face, and the perspective I keep in mind as I write to them.
1. MY SPONSORED CHILD DOESN’T ANSWER MY QUESTIONS
When I’m writing letters, I do two things to help sponsored children and their tutors notice my questions. I number each question, and I make sure to only ask a few questions in each letter. However, some children seem to never answer my questions!
When this happens, I try to keep in mind a couple of things. First, not all children have their last sponsor letter with them when they’re writing back. Second, I remember local people building relationships with the children. I love how Compassion gives us information about each center, along with letters from pastors and center directors. When I hear how these people are working with my sponsored child, it is so encouraging!
I am reminded that even if I don’t hear it from the child I sponsor, there are tutors, family and church members pouring into my sponsored child’s life. I remember that I can support their work in the children’s lives through prayer!