As I shared here and here, I have been writing short devotions to send to our sponsored children. I plan to send one a month to all 8 of our Compassion International children, printed on pretty paper. You are free to copy them to send to your sponsored children. They may especially handy if you are short on time, but want to get something out to your child. In less than five minutes, you could copy one of them, log into your Compassion account and email a devotion along with a couple of sentences to your child.
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The Power of Words
“A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
The words that we share are very important because they affect other people. We can bring joy to others with kind words or we can bring sadness or anger with harsh ones. It is important to think before you speak and consider how your words will affect the person to whom you are speaking. Look for opportunities to encourage others with your words.
Dear Lord, I ask You to help me choose my words carefully. Let the words that come out of my mouth be pleasing to You and bring happiness to others. The Bible tells us that pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Please help me spread some sweetness today. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
It has been a bit of a slow mail month for us. With so many children and the habit of writing to them twice a month, we generally get 1-3 letters a week. We’ve gotten 2 letters in the last couple of weeks, which means we will likely get a bunch sometime in the coming week or so.
We heard from Yishak in Ethiopia. His letter was written on pretty Christmas themed paper. An excerpt from his letter:
“My dear sponsors, how are you doing? I am my family are fine. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am attending my education and Sunday school. Thank you for what you done for me. One man in my village stayed 49 days on the branch of a tree. Have you ever heard of such things? (Well…..no?) I receieved your birthday gift. I bought clothes, shoes and a t-shirt and candy with the rest of the cents. Thank you very much. Pray about me. Bye.”
We also heard from Johan in East India.
“Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus. I am doing well here, I wish to hear the same with you. Jason, I want to tell you one thing. Even I am weak in study but by God’s grace I got a good result on my exams. Now I am trying to do harder work in my study. We are going to attend VBS in May. Is there VBS programme for children in your place? Pray that VBS programme should be a success. I want to grow in my spiritual life, so pray for me. I am also praying for you. Your son, Johan.”
I just love that he is hoping to grow in his spiritual life and I also get emotional when he refers to himself as our son.
Have you heard from any of your Compassion children recently? I’d love to hear excerpts from recent letters!