Poverty hurts everyone, but especially children. Jesus often praised children for their wonder and trust. Wonder and trust are what poverty seeks to destroy. Letters have the power to shine light into that darkness and encourage children in poverty to dream and trust again. Dream that things can be better. Trust that they are valued and loved. These are powerful, life-changing truths. And they cause joy. Joy that brings smiles to faces and hope to hearts.
What to Write
There are lots of things you can write about! But here are three ideas:
1. Encourage your child. Encouragement is one of the most life-giving ways we can love people around us. And we see it commanded in the Bible! Hebrews 3:13 tells of the importance of consistent encouragement. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul tells us where this encouragement comes from. It comes from hope. Hope that Christ is risen. Hope he is coming again. It is out of this hope that we can encourage those around us. Gospel-centered hope is what the world — and the child you sponsor — needs.
2. Share favorites! Tell your sponsored child about your favorite things (and ask about theirs!). This is a great way to build connections and let the child get to know you! Describe a favorite animal, share a favorite memory, talk about a favorite activity or write about a favorite Bible verse. Just share about your life! Children want to know you and they want to be known, so ask them to share as well. You’ll be surprised by what you learn. What we learn from the children we support is one of the most beautiful parts of sponsorship. It is why sponsors often become family.
3. Share about your childhood. This can be a great way to bring letters to their level:
- What did you like to do when you were younger?
- What were your hobbies?
- Did you have any pets?
- What did you want to be when you were grown up? Why?
- What dreams and hopes do you have now?
- How have you seen God through your life?
All of these are great ways for your child to know you more! And always try to share about your dreams. Your letters have the power to help kids dream again. So, help them imagine what God could have in store for their lives!
What to Do
Now you know — you know what letters have done and what they can do. You even have some fun ideas about what to write! So let’s write.