One of the greatest joys a child receives is a letter from his or her sponsor. Sponsored children usually save all of the letters they receive and read them over and over again, they are such a source of encouragement and love for them.
Writing to your sponsored child is so important, but it might sometimes be a little difficult to think of things to write–especially at first, when you’re just getting to know them. The following are some letter-writing tips that might help. You can also use this GREAT acronym to guide you.
G — Greeting
R — Remember something your sponsored child has said in his/her last letter and build on it.
E — Explain something about yourself or your world.
A — Ask your sponsored child questions about his/her life.
T — Ta Ta! Say your goodbyes. This is a great place to share a Bible verse and a word of encouragement.
In addition to telling your child about your family, church, work, spiritual life, interests, hobbies, pets, etc., consider talking to your child about the following things:
Note: Please be conscientious and sensitive about sharing information, stories, or pictures that would show or describe the stark economic contrast between your living situation and your child’s.
To get your letter to your child quicker, simply type out or hand-write and scan your letter then email it to our Child Sponsorship Coordinator, TyAnn Hunt, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Habari (hello), my name is Peter
19 yrs. old
Entered the program: July 2013
Peter and his 9 siblings live with their parents, who are peasant farmers, in a rented mud house with no electricity or water. They drink untreated water from a borehole and share a community toilet.
His brother, John, is also in the Mama Beth program.