Friday, June 15, 2012

Importance of Letter Writing

I know that most people that read this blog are already dedicated sponsors. I know most of you already know how important it is to write letters to your sponsored children and you do so on a regular basis.

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!


  1. I looooove writing my girls! I've been writing twice a month or so. It's so gratifying! I've only received one letter from each so far, but I enjoy knowing that they probably get SO excited when they get mail. I've been sending them stickers, cards, bookmarks, etc. I'm sure they love them and share with their friends. It makes me happy knowing that they'll know someone else thinks of them all the time!

    1. I am so glad that you know the joy of writing to your girls. I agree, it is so gratifying. It means just as much to me, I think, to write them encouraging words and to pick topics for me to teach them new things. I just love it!

      I think you're officially a child sponsorship addict. I'm glad I dragged you onto the train!

  2. A post near and dear to my heart! Thank you for spreading this message. Letters to our sponsored children are SO important!

    1. I just had to do my part to spread the news. I get so much joy writing to my sponsored children and I just want everyone to experience that joy.

  3. Kayla, thank you. I am sitting here crying. I experienced this first hand this week... as I received a picture from our sponsored child with our letters! I will be sharing in my NEXT post. I also found out that his sister loves our letters too.

    What an awesome blog post. So very very true. So many just do not write... so sad. I want to say "I'll write for you!"

    Much love,

    1. I am hoping those are happy tears you are crying! I saw that picture you're talking about and it's just so beautiful! The letters really do go to the child and they really do love every single one of them.

      I think so many sponsors just don't know how important writing is. I wish there was a way to spread the news!

  4. This is so beautiful. I'm sure your girls are so lucky to be hearing from you. I've never sponsored anyone but I can imagine the smiles on their faces when they receive your letter.

    I'm reading up on this sponsor thing because if it's feasible, I would like to play a role as well. I'm so glad I stopped by your blog! You're doing such a wonderful thing *hugs*

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  5. i agree letter writing is so special and important to them. imagine their lives and how much you could brighten their day/week/month by a single letter! my sponsor child had them displayed on the wall of her mud home; which she proudly showed me when i visited! keep doing the wonderful things you do kayla!

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