I also know that there are sponsors out there who know how important letter writing is, but they have gotten busy and haven't written their sponsored children recently, or only write every few months. This is okay. However, I want to encourage you to write more. It seems that most sponsors choose to write to their children once a month, especially younger children. I sponsor all older children and I strive to write them 2-3 times a month. This may be too often for some kids, but all of my sponsored children have proven to me that I do not write too often and that they are able to keep up, and love receiving so many letters from me at a time.
Sadly, I know there are sponsors out there who have never written their sponsored children a letter. Not even one. I want to help put things into perspective for these sponsors, and hopefully help change their minds a little bit.
Imagine you're a child in a 3rd world country. You live in a slum, you have two rooms in your house, one bedroom where you sleep with your mother and four siblings. Your father is off living in the city trying to make money to support the family. He comes home to visit a few times a year. Your mother goes off everyday to work leaving you in charge of your four younger siblings, who you are in charge of getting fed (if there's food) and off to school (if you were able to pay your tuition that month) in the morning.
One day, you get wonderful news. You've been sponsored! A wonderful young person in the United States has chosen your face, out of thousands, to sponsor. This person whom you have never met has agreed to pay for your food, your clean water, your education fees, and your healthcare. You want to thank this person! You want to get to know this person! You can't wait to receive a letter from them to learn all about them. A few months pass by, no letter. That's okay, it hasn't been that long, you write your sponsor a letter thanking them for their support and you ask them to write you back because you wish to know more about them. A year letter...still no letter. You continue writing to your sponsor, telling them about your school work and your family, but you know longer ask them to write you back. Writing becomes a chore. You're forced to write to a person who shows no interest in you.
Why did this person sponsor me if they don't love me? Maybe I really don't matter.
This is the norm for so many sponsored children in the world. They long to hear from you. Write your sponsored child! It's never too late to start developing a relationship with them. If it's been awhile, apoligize to them. Let them know how much they matter to you and to this world!
Look at the joy that comes from getting letters from their sponsors!
Be still my heart. Too much cuteness!