Monday, April 11, 2011

Short and Sweet

It is the Monday after the incredible Compassion International Advocate’s conference and I have many words and pictures to share with all of you.  Unfortunately, my to-do list also has LOTS of things waiting for me.  Instead of rushing through all of the things I’d like to share, I am going to just give you one little gem that I took home with me.

On Saturday, we were given a paper with quotes from formerly sponsored students now studying at Moody Bible.  The students were asked what children want to hear from their sponsors and if there was something special they remembered from their sponsors that encouraged them. While the paper was filled with great quotes, it was the words of Abbel from Haiti that jumped off of the page for me..

Abbel listed many specific things his sponsor said to encourage him and he closed with this:

“Here is a special letter that I really liked and I copy to you ~

Dear Abbel,

Thank you for writing me. You do write very neat. You must be a good student. Please keep studying and be a good student. Haiti needs some well educated young men like yourself.  I’m proud of you.

God bless you and your family.”

What I hope to impress to all of you is that, while many of us love getting elaborate with our letters to our sponsored children, it is clear that it isn’t necessary. The stickers and goodies and theme letters are all extra.

Out of all of his letters, Abbel shared a simple, seven line letter. In plain language, his sponsor shared an interest in Abbel’s life and encouraged him.

As a sponsor, you do not need to get fancy and send an envelope full of things.  Don’t get held back by the thought that you need to write many paragraphs to your sponsored child.

Just write.

Please.

If it has been over a month since the last time you wrote to your sponsored child, please take some time today to get out paper and a pen or hop over to the Compassion International website and send an emailed letter.

I am hoping to knock off many of the things on my to-do list so that I can come back and share thoughts and photos from this weekend’s conference!

Stay tuned!!

~Michelle

5 comments:

Jill Foley said...

So true - what a great reminder.

Just saying "I love you" and/or "God loves you" is enough.

faithlikemustard said...

From someone who tends to get a bit wordy...thanks. I needed the reminder.

JD said...

Beautiful timing, as always, Michelle!! Thank you!

Wender said...

Thank You for sharing that ... it was just what I needed to hear today.

Looking forward to hearing more about the conference!

Blessings!
Wendy

Linda said...

I needed to hear this, Michelle! Thanks!

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