More Than A Letter

Everyone likes to receive a letter from a friend, whether it comes through the U.S. Post Office or whether it comes via email. When sponsoring a child through Compassion International, a letter is a physical connection that unites the sponsored child with his or her own sponsor. A letter is more than words on a piece of paper, more than a few photos, more than a way to introduce yourself, and more than a greeting. A letter is a piece of your heart. The letter goes beyond the small monthly payment that you set aside to donate to your child to the sponsorship program. Your letter means the world to these kids, it means that you care, that you love them, and that you believe that they are of significant worth.

A letter to you may be a few words written on a piece of paper, but to your sponsored child a letter is a gift. A letter is you physically reaching out and telling your child that you believe in them and that you are willing to go the extra mile to tell them that they are loved.

A letter is easy to write and Compassion International gives you the option to write your letters online via your online account. There are a few simple steps to take to compose a letter to your child . First log into your account, second click on the tab that says “write my child”, and then click “compose letter”. Once you have gotten to the letter you must follow the five easy steps listed below (Write letter, add photos (optional), select template, preview, and send letter). Once you have clicked “send”, you’ve completed a letter! Since Compassion International gives you the option to type out your letter online, there is no need to go through the tedius process of getting paper, a good pen, buying a stamp, and then sending it to the Compassion International corporate office. But if you prefer to handwrite a letter, then Compassion International will send to you templates and envelopes so that you can handwrite your own letter. You can also include a drawing to send to your child.

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Children who receive letters love pictures because the photographs are another way to connect with you. Below is a photograph of some of my own recent letters sent to my own Compassion Child in Uganda. For each letter you submit online, you are able to attach three photos.

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In addition, one of the really neat things about Compassion International is that they design their letters into two columns, one which is written by the sponsor in their own language and one that includes the translation in the child’s native tongue. If you are writing a letter to submit online, you are given a limit as to how much you can write in each letter (this is because the Corporate office needs space to translate), but the greatest part is that you can submit as many letters as you would like (No Limit!).

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Are you a sponsor? If you are, what are a few ways that you have learned the importance of writing letters? If you are not a sponsor, would you consider the opportunity to change a child’s life?

Thanks for Reading!

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Kinsley Willman

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The Impact of a College Student

Most college students are cash poor and are known for scraping by on Ramen noodles, pizza, and free t-shirts. So what good can a college student do in a life of a child? Sure, we are poor, and we survive off of the basics, but we shouldn’t be counted out. We have a lot more to offer than one might think. Take a look at the conference called “Passion”, hosted every year in Atlanta. Hundreds and thousands of College students come together to worship and to be encouraged. On the last day of the conference, an offering is taken for a particular charity. This offering goes out to the 20,000+ college students that are in attendance. In 2014, about $335,000 was raised to purchase Bibles for the people of Iran. This total contribution equals $16.75 per student, which equals about two or three trips to Starbucks. This means that if a student is willing to give up a couple trips to Starbucks, they can make a difference in the world in which they live. So, we college students are special and have the ability to do something great. We have passion, perseverance, and dedication. And with these traits, we can do anything we set our minds to.

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Compassion International is a non-profit, Christian organization that truly works to free children from poverty by partnering with people like you and me. Compassion International locates compassionate people all over the world who are willing to pay a small monthly fee to sponsor a child in poverty, or to jump into one of the many areas to get involved with the program. Their sponsorship program has a lot of great features that allow the sponsor to interact with the child, including: letters, pictures, updated emails, and an opportunity to actually visit the child in his or her own country.

I have not always sponsored a child. My parents have sponsored a little girl from Colombia for many years. When they first sponsored little “Maria”, it felt like I had discovered a special pen pal as I wrote her letters at least once a month. For years I’ve stood on the outside watching and observing others as they have sponsored a child for Compassion International. It was not until I entered college that I started researching this organization and discovered the impact that Compassion International has on children. It nearly broke my heart as I scrolled through the pages of children waiting to be sponsored. It is like the children are waiting for students like you and me who will meet them halfway and show them the love of God.

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I now sponsor a young lady named Edinah from Uganda, Africa. After chatting with a team member on Compassion International’s website, I learned that the older children are in the system because they are either still waiting for a sponsor, or happen to be a special case. That is when I spotted Edinah’s photo on Compassion International’s page and saw that she was 19 years old. At that moment I knew that this young lady was the one I wanted to sponsor. I can’t imagine waiting as long as she did for a sponsor. It must have been painful knowing that so many of the younger children were being sponsored. That is when I knew that I wanted to sponsor Edinah and show her the same love and grace that God has given me. This is the beginning of my story.

 

Watch a true story of a child’s reaction to receiving a sponsor:  www.vimeo.com/107082331

Compassion International: http://www.compassion.com/

Works Cited: http://www.ccmmagazine.com/features/passion-2014/