Tuesday, May 17, 2011

101 Letter Writing Topics

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!)

Faith:

  • 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?

Family:

  • 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?

Fun:

  • 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.

The Power of Words

Obeying Your Parents

Forgiveness

Sharing ~ Helping Others in Need

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!

~Michelle

15 comments:

Jenn said...

Thanks so much for putting this together, Michelle. I often refer people to your wonderful site when they need inspiration for writing letters.

God bless!

faithlikemustard said...

I like to write about regional information. So many times when people think of the U.S. they think New York City. I talk about what our region looks like, what we grow here (we're rural), what people like to do for fun, etc

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

You are welcome, Jenn!!

Megan, coming from NY, I agree 100%. We're in a very rural area but when we meet people, they tend to think NYC right away.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Michelle,
This is such a wonderful list of ideas! Would you mind if I copied your list to post on my blog? Thanks for all your hard work, I frequently read your blog to find ideas of what to write to my Compassion children. Have a nice day!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I am glad you like the ideas! You can share a link to this post on your blog! I prefer that to copy and pasting. :)

Elizabeth said...

Okay, thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Talking about your travels is a good topic

letter writing said...

thank you its a wonderful list of ideas i sm impressed with your list

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your site while on the Compassion site, after sending an online letter after far too long. I am humbled and blessed by your ideas and your love for these children. Your blog will have an impact now on our sponsored child's life, too, as we with the Lord's help begin to write much more often. I never knew I could send an 8x11 envelope, and I am joyfully sending a small, flat birthday gift this week, based on ideas from your blog. Many, many thanks!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Thank you so much for your comment! You've blessed me!

Emily said...

I must tell you, I've booked marked this list and often read over it just before I start to write my kids. It's a wonderful resource and full of great ideas that never fail to 'kick-start' my brain. Thanks so, so much for putting this together and posting it!

Leslie Doyle said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful ideas of what to write about. I have sponsored children through World Vision and Compassion for several years. I found your topics to be so helpful. I am always concerned of what I should and should not write about without it being repetitive. My sister is an advocate...
I live in Ocean View De.
God Bless! Leslie Doyle

Lizzie said...

Great ideas!! Linked to it in my recent post.

kathy55439 said...

We hsd crazy weather this week rain, icy, fog, snow, blowing snow and than cold so I just wrote about the weather kids always ask about it. I have been saving fun winter pictures I found on peoples facebook pages to add to my next letter. I had one of my friends little pig walking in snow and one of fog on a tree another friend had posted.

I just wrote my 6 for the first time in Feb. I love writing the online letter wrote all of them in less than a half hour and even add pictures. But will always love snail mail best because love to send little extras like stickers, books and other fun small items

Golam mowla said...

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