You stare longingly at the blank computer screen in front of you, wishing that some words would just magicly appear. You don’t know what to say to your newly sponsored child that will bless them and encourage their heart. Your mind feels as blank as that computer screen staring back at you.
You feel as though you know very little about this child from the profile you’ve been given . You know their hobbies, school grade and performance, a bit about their family and living situation and information about their community and country. Is that enough? Aditionally you wonder what this child would want to know about you.
We want to help you write your introduction letter. Below, we’ll give you some ideas of things you may want to include in your letter, along with a sample introduction letter at the end of this post.
Imagine you are meeting a new friend, and you’re going to carry on your first conversation. Instead of your friend being an adult, he/she is a child or teenager. Therefore, it is best to keep your sentences age-appropriate and remember to not include references to material posessions like your house, car, computer, ETC.
First, you’d introduce yourself and tell your friend that you are very happy to be their new sponsor and/or friend. Then, you might share a bit about yourself including: age, birthday, state (not the city) where you live, career/school, hobbies, family (spouse, children, pets, ETC).
Now, it’s time to get to know your new friend a bit more by asking 2-3 age-appropriate questions.
Here are some questions to get your creative juices flowing:
1. What is your favorite subject in school?
2. What do you want to do for a career when you grow up/graduate from school? (Depending on the child’s age)
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your favorite Bible story?
5. Can you tell me more about your siblings?
You may even want to make one of your questions about their hobbies listed in their profile. Maybe they like soccer, baseball, basketball, art/drawing, reading, singing or playing a musical instrument. Here are some possible questions to ask about their hobbies:
1. Do you play (baseball, soccer, basketball, ETC) at Compassion with your friends?
2. What kinds of books do you like to read?
3. What kinds of pictures do you enjoy drawing?
4. What are some of your favorite songs you enjoy (singing, playing or listening to)?
After asking 2-3 questions, you can share 2-3 prayer requests you may have. Again, remember to keep these age-appropriate. I can promise you that your new sponsored child/friend will pray for your prayer requests, and I encourage you to do the same for them. You may even want to include some things you’re praying about for them like protection and safety for their family, that they will do well in their school studies and that they will know about Jesus and how much he loves them.
Close your letter by sharing a favorite Scripture, and tell your new friend how much both you and God love them. Let them know that you are very excited to build a beautiful friendship with them through letters. Some great Scriptures to include are:
1 Timothy 4:12.
Writing and sending your letter
Below is a sample introduction letter that you are more than welcome to modify and use to write to your sponsored child. You can write your sponsored child online by logging in to Compassion’s “My account section” and going to “Write my child.” You can upload up to 3 photos to attach to your letter as well, but know you will need to crop these photos to make them fit. Also, there is a 2000 character limit in the online writing form, so if your letter is longer you may choose to send it to the Compassion International headquarters in Colorado Springs via the regular postal service.
The address to send any child correspondence to Compassion International is:
Attn: Child Correspondence Dept.
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004
If you send your letter via snail mail, be sure that you label each item in your package including your letter and any photos or extra goodies you send with your sponsor number and your child’s number in order for your letter and all added extras to reach your child.
Sample Sponsor Introduction Letter
Dear (child’s first name),
We are Andy and Miranda, and we are so happy to be your new sponsors and friends! We are husband and wife, and we were married (mm/dd/yyyy.) Andy is (age) years old, and his birthday is (mm/dd). I (Miranda) am (age) years old, and my birthday is (mm/dd).
We live in the state of (place state here) in the (?) region of the United States. We do not yet have any children, but we have two cats named Black and Dusty.
For our work, (?).
Our hobbies are: (place hobbies here).
Questions for you:
1. What is your favorite Bible story?
2. Can you tell us more about your siblings?
(Child’s first name), we love you so very much, and we look forward to building a beautiful friendship with you! We are excitedly waiting for your first letter! God has great and marvelous plans for your life! Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jesus has a bright and wonderful future planned out just for you, and you can find your hope in him and his perfect and unconditional love.
We say goodbye for now, but please know that we love you very much and we pray for you to do well in your school studies and for God to protect your family every day.
Love, Andy and Miranda
Some good pictures to send with this letter would be a picture of Andy and me and a picture of our two cats.
We hope this will help you to write your introduction letter to your sponsored child. You do not need to wait until you receive your child’s physical profile packet or first letter to write your introduction letter. We will write many more posts about the joys of letter writing, and we’d love to answer any questions you have!
Remember, your letters to your sponsored child are one of their most treasured possessions and they read them again and again for hope and encouragement. The words you write could change your child’s life forever!