I look forward to hearing the mail truck outside my house. Each day I go to the mailbox hoping to find a cream colored envelope from Compassion with those happy words in blue, “A Message From Your Sponsored Child.” With 15 children that I am either sponsoring or corresponding with, letters do come regularly. While I know it’s not realistic to find a letter every day, I have to admit to a tiny twinge of disappointment when there are no letters. If a week or two pass without a letter that twinge starts growing a little. However I realize that soon again I will open up my mailbox to a cherished letter.
Now imagine you are a child growing up in the poorest of circumstances. Life is hard, but you are part of the Compassion program. You get to go to school and eat nutritious food. You get regular medical screenings. All because of your sponsor. You hear about God’s love for you and you know the workers at the Compassion center love you. But one thing is missing. Time and time again you have to watch your friends receive letters and your hands are empty. You get to see the joy on their faces as they read words of encouragement and love, yet your sponsor’s voice is silent. Not just week after week, but sometimes year after year. I can only imagine that you would have to wonder “Why?”. Was it something you did? Does your sponsor not love you?
Last week I received a packet of letters from each of my children’s pastors. Fifteen letters from ten different countries on four different continents. They had a common thread that ran through them. Without fail, each pastor spoke of the importance of sponsor letters. They spoke of the children’s joy when they read words of encouragement from their sponsors and their happiness to know their sponsors loved them and were praying for them. They also spoke of the sadness and disappointment by those who did not hear from their sponsors.
If you sponsor a child I want to encourage you to write today! If you’ve been a less than stellar sponsor in the past, it doesn’t matter. Today is a new day. Commit to writing to your child and building a relationship with them. Encourage them. Share your life with them. Share God’s Word. Let them know that they are special and that they matter.
Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.
Perhaps you want to take the step to sponsor a child and partner with Compassion to help release them from poverty in Jesus’ name. Click here to start your sponsorship journey. It will be the very best decision you make today.