Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Another Devotion // Letter Updates

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.

(As with anything on this blog, you are also free to share the link to this post or any other!)

The Power of Words

A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Proverbs 15:1

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… 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!


Acolyte said...

yay for receiving letters! 49 days on a branch? was there a flood? that sounds like an interesting story :) Johan's letter was so sweet. there really is something special about sponsoring older kids. he is so lucky to have you as a sponsor.


faithlikemustard said...

Wonder what's up with the 49-day branch thing? Weird. I think that guy one-upped Noah! :)

ronda said...

love your devotionals!! have you done one using Psalm100? thankfulness maybe? yes what was the 49-day branch thing? Getting anxious for a letter from one of our kids.

Amy D said...

When you are a correspondent sponsor, how does that work? Do the kids just think of you as their sponsor, because you are the one forming a relationship? I was just curious how that works. :-)

I haven't gotten any letters lately. I keep praying every day, but also... it gives me a glimpse of how kids without sponsors or sponsors to write them feel when they don't get letters. It reminds me to write to my kids.

I hope I get another one soon! I think it's been about a month or so, but with just the 2 kids, that's understandable. Thank you for the devotional.

Chenning said...

"Your son" - that is beautiful.
Meeshi, I wanted to let you know that in my last letter to our Compassion child, I did send off a copy of your "OBEDIENCE" devotion printed on dollar tree paper along with our personal letter. Thank you for showing us new ways of sharing Christ's love and encouragement. I actually feel so moved when I think about what He has done in your life and in the lives of Jay and the girls. ~Chenning

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for providing these on your site!! I want you to know that I in fact sponsored a child from Africa. On the sponsor form it asked for an advocate name and I put your name in..hope that's ok!!


Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Amy, most of the younger ones are under the assumption that you are their sponsor but the older ones may understand the distinction.

Chenning, I am always thinking of the amazing changes God had made in our lives. I'm glad you're finding these devotions useful! :D

Lisa, would you like a copy of the book? I am not sure if you have children, but if you'd like a copy, please email me your address at 3girlsmama at gmail dot com
So happy to hear of the sponsorship!!

Chenning said...

Another question, Michelle. How does one become a correspondent sponsor? I logged in to Compassion and tried finding something about that, but couldn't. We can't really financially sponsor another child right now, but would love the opportunity to write to more if there is a need. You mentioned something about a waiting list? Just wanted more info about this. Thanks. Chenning.

Lisa said...

I do have kids but don't worry about the book...I always hate to win contests because it takes the prize away from others who love to win... I know, I'm weird like that!!! Your blog is such a source of inspiration!!


Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Chenning, you can use the Contact Us link on the Compassion website or you can call them at 1-800-336-7676!

Lisa, are you sure? I would be happy to send it to you! Please, tell us about your new child!! :D

Hailey said...

Thank you for the devotional. I think it's a great idea and you have inspired me to send them to my two girls. I have one sponsored child and one correspondent child. I have a question about that. Do you also send Christmas and birthday money for your correspondent children or do their sponsors take care of that? My correspondent child's birthday is coming up and I'm not sure what I should do about money for a birthday gift.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Hailey, we do send birthday gifts to all of our children. I called Compassion to see if the sponsors send money and they hadn't.

Naomi said...

Hi Michelle! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this devotional! It's been sent off to 14 of my kids. :) I can't wait for them to read it! It's well written, concise and simple enough for even my youngest to understand. Thanks again!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

You are welcome, Naomi! Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you're finding these useful!

ominomi said...

Hi Michelle, I just received a response to this devotional from eleven year old Jean Pierre in Rwanda. I thought you might get a kick out of his references to you.

"What good words you wrote to me! Your friends are his friends. Your friend gave you a good verse. Please thank him (her) every day."

I probably won't thank you every day (lol), but I really appreciate you sharing the devotionals. :)

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Ah, that is so cute!! I love it!

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