Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another Round of Letters for our Compassion International children

As I have said before, we aim to send at least 2 letters per month to each of our Compassion International children.  The one thing I hear, time and time again, is how crucial and valuable letters are to the children in the program. When a Compassion child sits through Mail Day at the project and never or rarely hears their name called, it crushes their spirit. While sending in the monthly sponsorship fee is very important, please know that sending frequent letters is JUST as important to the program.

I plan to share ideas on what to send in hopes that it helps to encourage others to pick up their pens and write.  At least once a month, I hope to post pictures and details of what we’ve sent.

Here is the most recent round of letters for our Compassion International children.

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Our Precious in Ghana recently asked for some information about our country.  Seeing as our three daughters were dressed in red, white and blue on Memorial Day, I took a picture of them with a flag.  I inserted the photo into a Word document as well as a color graphic of our flag.  I wrote about our flag and what the stars and stripes stand for.  I talked a little bit about the parade we saw and also shared the lyrics to God Bless America.  I closed the note saying that we pray that God blesses them and their home country.  Each child will get a copy of this as well as a personalized letter.  I like to use decorative printer paper from the dollar store and either copy the Compassion stationary we receive with our children’s letters to us or use the PDF file found here. 

The personal letters cover various topics, dependent on the child. I shared Romans 8:18 with each of them, which is in the passage our Pastor taught on Sunday. I always make sure to tell them that we love them, are praying for them and think they are wonderful children. I am also sending a sheet of “Jesus Loves Me” stickers and, as usual, everything is clearly labeled with our sponsor number as well as child’s name and number.

I’ve heard some sponsors say that they don’t have much to write about, so I’d like to share some tips.  First of all, don’t feel like you have to write some long and elaborate letter to your Compassion child.  The most important thing is to let them know that you’re thinking of them and praying for them. Here are some other ideas:

  • If you go to church on Sundays, that should provide you with something to talk about every week, if you wanted to write that often! I often share a passage or verse from what our Pastor has recently taught and share how it applies to my life.
  • If you have a favorite praise song, you could share some of the lyrics and tell your child why you like it.
  • If you or your family does a daily/weekly devotional, you could share your thoughts on it.
  • Look outside your window and describe some of the beauty that you see.
  • Share the testimony of how you came to the Lord or what your Faith means to you.
  • If you visit a zoo, farm, park, etc., share a photo or two and describe what you saw.
  • Take a picture of your church and share some thoughts about it.
  • Tell your child about what you did when you were their age. Let them know what you liked to play and any hobbies you had.

I will share more ideas the next time I post about letter writing!

In other news, this week we received our very first letter from Bertille in Burkina Faso.  I am always excited to receive mail from Compassion, but I did a happy dance in the driveway when I opened the envelope and found a letter from our newest girlie.

I am also working on a Compassion curriculum that is geared for elementary aged homeschoolers.  This is a project that was started by another Compassion Advocate and then handed over to me. I am very excited to have this opportunity and I’ll also be teaching the lessons to our homeschool co-op starting in September!

Next week, I will set up a Compassion table at a homeschool curriculum sale at Family Life Network in Bath, NY.  I have 30 child packets and am really hoping and praying that I can find sponsors for some of these beautiful children.  Your prayers would be so appreciated!

7 comments:

Kelly said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog - it's nice to meet new people! And another thank you for some of the writing suggestions - we have 5 compassion children and I sometimes struggle with what to write and remain interesting. I think the idea of a curriculum is great!

mamabear said...

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I look forward to reading along with yours now! It is late here and I have dishes to do, but tomorrow I will make time to read more here. Bless you!

Doris said...

I plan to write several actual letters and send via USPS, but am wondering how you feel about sending correspondence via "e-mail" online through the Compassion website IN ADDITION to the "real deal". :-)

Stephanie said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! We also have a sponsored child through Compassion International. Our child is from Ethiopia, and I'm just now assembling his first christmas package. Thanks for the great ideas.

Melanie said...

Thanks for your ideas. I live with a cloud of guilt over me because I almost never write to my child. I just don't know what to say. Also, he is too little to write so his mom writes to me. I don't know if I am supposed to write to her or him. Anyway your blog has encouraged me start writing. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle, Thank you for posting the ideas on the letter writing. I am going to hop over to the Compassion website and write one today. And I will share a bit about our Sunday sermon...thanks :) Kathy

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

I saw your reply over on the Nester's post! Thanks so much for these suggestions! Off to right my first letter...after having our child for about 3 years! I remember going to camp when I was a kid and it was always so sad when they did mail call and I wouldn't get a letter. This gives me great perspective! I hope to write a letter once a month when the bill statement comes...my monthly reminder!

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