Ok, I may not actually hit 101, but I hope that this compilation of letter writing topics from various sources will help you navigate any writer’s block you may have.
When I hear from or read about Compassion International sponsors who do not write to their children often or ever, there are two reasons that seem to come up most of the time. First, many say that they do not know what to write about. Second, many say that they don’t have the time to write. I plan to post about the latter of the two reasons tomorrow, but today let’s talk topics.
The number one topic that we revisit time and time again is to tell our sponsored children about what we are learning in church and during our personal Bible studies. Our letters are a wonderful way to minister our children and share how the Word of God affects us and can be applied to our every day life. If you go to church regularly or read devotions or the Bible at home, you have a subject that could fill a letter every week! (Can I count that as 52 topics then?)
In previous posts, I have shared these ideas for your letters to your Compassion children: (A few of these may be redundant because I am pulling from a few different posts!)
- Share details about your church: How many people attend? Do you help with any ministries such as Sunday School? What touched you about the most recent sermon? What praise songs do you love and why? Does your church have a Worship team and what instruments do they play? What have your own children learned in Sunday School recently? Do you go to Bible Study or church activities during the week? Does anyone else in your church sponsor through Compassion? Have you shared the mission of Compassion with anyone in your church?
- Share details about your personal walk in the Faith: When were you saved? How did you come to the Lord? Were you baptized and what was it like? Do you follow daily devotionals and what things recently touched you? What do you pray about regarding your sponsored child? What prayer requests would you like to share with your child? What problems have you had recently and how has God touched you during them? Where are you in your personal Bible reading and what verses have meant a lot to you recently? Has God answered a prayer for you recently?
- Share details about your family: Do you have any siblings? Who are the members if your family? What are some favorite family memories? Do you live near any relatives? Have you gone to any family gatherings recently? How does your family celebrate upcoming holidays?
- Share details about fun activities in your life: Do you have any hobbies? What activities do you do that you enjoy? What things did you like to do for fun when you were the age of your sponsored child? What do your own children like to play?
Here’s an excerpt from another blog post:
- 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.
- Describe local wildlife.
- Tell your child about your vegetable or flower garden.
- Talk about your favorite sports or hobbies.
- Describe the changes of the seasons in your area.
- Mention your favorite games and how you play.
- Talk about your observations and experiences if you have traveled.
Here are some ideas that can be found on the Compassion International website:
- Describe your family (e.g., where they live, what they look like, their interests, type of work they do, pets, etc.).
- Include a small paper gift — photos, postcards, bookmarks, greeting cards, etc. Learn more about what items can and can't be sent.
- Explain special holiday and family customs.
- Talk about important events — weddings, graduation, trips, new jobs, holidays, etc.
- Mark your calendar and send a card to celebrate a holiday or festival that is important to your child.
- Share your dreams and the daily activities of your life.
- Write about the terrain/climate/people where you live.
- Reminisce about your childhood.
- Discuss a person who influenced you.
- Talk about an important life lesson you learned, something you learned in school, or something you're learning now.
- Describe how you overcame a challenge or met a goal.
- Share your favorite Bible stories and verses.
- Elaborate on your church and the various ways you serve Christ.
- Remind your child that you pray for him or her regularly. Mention specific items your child has mentioned in his or her letters.
- Explain how your family includes your sponsored child in daily life (e.g., praying for him or her or displaying his or her photo in your home).
- Share your prayer requests and praise reports.
- Express what a privilege it is to be your child's sponsor.
- Affirm that God loves him or her and has a great plan for his or her life.
- Include a verse:
- about God's provision for the future (Jeremiah 29:11)
- about God's love for us (John 3:16), the value of each child (Psalm 139:13-14), or loving one another (1 John 4:7)
- about the power of prayer (Matthew 21:22)
- about the importance of learning (Proverbs 4:13)
- Encourage your child to write back and/or draw pictures for you.
One thing worth remembering is that your letters do not have to be very long to make an impact on your child. As I shared last month, even letters that are Short and Sweet can be very special to your sponsored child!
If you feel the urge to send something to your sponsored child but you aren’t able to compose something, I have created a few different devotions that you are free to copy and paste into an email to your child.
So, there, all in one post, you have enough topics for a few year’s worth of letters if you aim to write once a month! From time to time, I plan to add to this post, so if you’re stumped, please check back!
Do you have any topics to share? Please leave a comment below!