Here in the hills of the Finger Lakes region of New York, we’re really starting to see the brilliant Autumn foliage. Yesterday, I sat down to start a round of letters for our Compassion International children. With 6 kids to write to, I tend to spread the actual letter writing over two days. The theme of this most current batch of letters is the beauty of the changing leaves. I gave a simple explanation of why the leaves change from green to yellow, orange, red and brown. I shared my thoughts on how the stunning beauty helps us to see the glory of God all around us. I also shared Romans 1:20. Each letter is also personalized to each child, answering any recent questions, sharing our prayers for each child and asking any questions we may have.
I took my girls out for a hike and picked several different types of leaves for some leaf rubbings. I printed Romans 1:20 out on paper and then Luna helped me decorate each one with some colorful designs. (Kaya came down with a stomach bug this morning and didn’t want to help with this project.Poor little sweetie!)
I also Googled and found an Autumn coloring sheet and Autumn themed maze to print out for each of the kids.
Each of our 6 children will receive a bundle with a letter, activity sheet, leaf rubbing and I also hope to get to town this weekend and pick up some postcards I saw at the Pharmacy with photos of our fall foliage. Before mailing everything out, I will be sure that each piece of paper is clearly labeled with our sponsor number as well as each child’s name and number. I’ll use a paperclip to keep each child’s bundle separate and will slip everything into a large manilla envelope and ship it off to Colorado Springs!
(It is worth noting, that because many of these children live where voodoo and witchcraft are prevalent, they ask that we refrain from sending Halloween themed items.)
I want to stress something, though. I realize that many of you do not have the time or desire to put this much into letters to your Compassion nternational children, and that is ok! Please do not let that stop you from writing! Even if all you can spare is 5-10 minutes a month to send an email, your sponsored child will be SO thrilled to receive that from you! We just so happen to have the time and truly enjoy putting these packages together, so it is something that we like to do.
Another thing I wanted to mention today is that Compassion asks that we allow 2-3 months for our letters to travel to our children. That means, if you want to send a Christmas card or package to your child, you might want to put some thought into it very soon!
I plan to purchase these cute Nativity Sticker books from Dover Publications. They are just $1.50 each and the Dover books are always thoroughly enjoyed by our kids!
They also carry neat stained glass ornament coloring books like this:
My plan is to get our Christmas packages out in the next two weeks and I’ll be sure to post with details!