I want to take a moment to send a message to all of you who are sponsoring children through Compassion International. First of all - thank you! Be encouraged that your contribution to this ministry is significant. For the most part, the children we visited in the projects were not our sponsored children, but they viewed us as their sponsors - we represented YOU.
Sponsored children love their sponsors, and they want to be loved in return.
Read that sentence again....
Do you know how a sponsored child knows he or she is loved?
They know because they receive letters from their sponsor. There were some advocates in our group who were talking to some children and one of the children asked, "Why doesn't my sponsor love me?" Upon further questioning, they found out the child has never received a letter from her sponsor.
There are two parts to sponsorship:
1) Writing the check ($38 month) - the easy part
2) Developing the relationship (through letters, encouragement and prayer) -the harde part.
Please - PLEASE - Don't underestimate the importance and significance a short letter can make to your sponsored child. In all honesty, they money is insignificant to them. Yes...Compassion needs your monthly contribution to make their ministry work. But, once a child is registered in Compassion's project, they benefit from the monetary aspect. It is not until a child is "sponsored" (assigned a one-on-one relationship) that they recognize the importance of being loved, encouraged and prayed for by someone living so far away. THIS is the significance of sponsorship to them - they now have a friend.
So if you are only paying the monthly bill, and not writing the letters, you are missing the beauty and blessing of sponsorship.
My message to you today is this....Please take time in the next couple days to write to your sponsored child. You can do this either on the form Compassion supplies, or through their website. It's so easy and it only takes a few minutes. You don't have to be eloquent or full of wisdom. Write our your favorite Bible verse and tell your child you love them and are praying for them.
I would love for you to leave me a comment when you have sent a letter off...Even if you have written recently - do it again! They need to hear from you.
On behalf of your sponsored children, THANK YOU! Your support and involvement in this ministry is appreciated.