Letter of Love for April: Easter and our testimonies of faith

Hi everyone,

We are back with another letter of love. We hope these letter prompts are helping to inspire you in your letter-writing ministry to your sponsored children. We are certainly excited to share them with you. Last month, we shared about our childhoods and introduced our families to our sponsored children. As we look forward to celebrating the resurrection of Christ with our new church family here in Virginia tomorrow morning, my heart and mouth have been filled with praise and thanks as I prepare for my first time serving with our church choir for all three Easter services. In this month’s letter of love, we want to celebrate the Easter holiday by sharing our testimonies of how we joined God’s family.

 

Possible topics to include:

 

• Share your testimony of how you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior

• Share specific ways in which God has helped you since you became a Christian

• Share struggles you have faced in your relationship with Christ

• Share about your baptism, if you have been baptized (including what it meant to you)

• Share your favorite (or life) Bible verse and why it means so much to you

• If your immediate family (spouse, children) wish to share the above information, either include it or attach separate letters

 

Possible questions to ask:

 

  1. Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If so, can you please tell us about it?
  2.  Have you been baptized? If so, can you tell me about it?
  3.  What is your favorite Bible verse, and why is it your favorite?

 

Possible extra goodies to send:

 

Giant Easter Stickers

Shiny Crosses Stickers

Religious Cross Bookmark with Live Photography

• Coloring pages

 

Your Turn

 

Have you shared your testimony with your sponsored children? Have they shared their testimonies with you? When we sent this letter last year, we received many responses. Our children shared their favorite Scriptures and answered our other questions as well. We hope this letter prompt helps you as you reflect on and share what the Lord has done in your life through his death, burial, and resurrection.

Letter of love for March: Family and childhood

Spring is desperately trying to poke its nervous head through the mounds of snow here and there, as we prepare to move from our home state of Michigan to the state of Virginia. We move in just two weeks, and I have become quite reflective as of late. Other than one year spent in Indiana, I have lived in Michigan my entire life. Along with reflecting on leaving my home state, I have also been anxiously anticipating the spring-like weather awaiting us in Virginia. I cannot wait to do my first happy dance of the year the moment my feet touch down on earth not hidden by snow. If you cannot tell, this winter has clung to us way too long.

 

What do you think of when you think of spring? Do you, like me, think of new life? If so, then you will enjoy this month’s letter of love, as we share about our family and childhood with our sponsored children.

 

Possible Topics to include:

 

• Share about the beginning of spring and how it reminds you of new life

• Share any special story surrounding your birth

• Introduce your family (parents, siblings, grandparents, ETC)

• Share your childhood hobbies

• Share about pets you had as a child

• Share favorite childhood memories of family activities, annual vacations, ETC

• Share childhood dreams and aspirations (what you wanted to be when you grew up)

• Share any difficult circumstances you faced as a child that you are comfortable sharing and how God brought you through them

• Share about people who were important role models in your life growing up

• Share about school (favorite and least favorite subjects, favorite teachers and why, ETC)

• Share about childhood friends and activities you did together. Are you still in contact?

• Share how childhood is an important time in development and encourage your sponsored child to enjoy this time of growth

• Let your sponsored child know you are praying for him/her to grow in Christ (be specific)

 

Possible Questions to ask:

 

  1. Can you tell me about your family (ask specifically about information not already given)
  2.  What do you like to do for fun?
  3.  Do you have any pets?
  4.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
  5.  Can you share about a time when God used you to minister to someone (think of 1 Timothy 4:12)
  6.  What is your favorite/least favorite school subject?
  7.  Can you share about your best friends?
  8.  Can you tell me about an adult who has influenced you in a positive way and how?

 

Scriptures to share

 

Psalm 71:5-6

Psalm 71:16-18

Psalm 139:14-16

Ecclesiastes 12:1

Isaiah 40:30-31

1 Timothy 4:12

 

Extra Goodies to send:

 

• A baby photo of you

• Photos of you growing up (maybe in a homemade photo album or collage)

• Photos from childhood vacations, special celebrations or milestones, ETC

• A homemade family photo album (label with names, relationship, birthday, hobbies, ETC)

 

You’re Turn

 

Have you shared your family and childhood with your sponsored children? If so, what did you share? Did you send anything extra or unique with your letter? What responses did you receive? Writing a letter about our family and childhood reminds us how we are not that different from our sponsored child, and it can bring us closer together too.

Letter of love for February: Valentine’s Day and sharing God’s love

Last month, we began a series entitled “Letters of Love”. Each month, we will share a topic or theme that you are welcome to use and share as you write letters to your sponsored children.

For our February letter of love, we are going to write about…
you guessed it…
Love!

 

Introduction and the sacrifice of love

 

Here in the United States, February 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s Day. To begin this letter, we shared about how this holiday is celebrated through giving cards and gifts to those people we love. We then reminded our sponsored children that while giving gifts is a kind way to show our love, there are other ways in which we can show love as well. We shared how Jesus is the best example of love for us all to follow. Using John 15:13-14, 17, we reminded our children of Christ’s loving sacrifice and shared how we should sacrifice time and our own desires to show love to others.

 

Guidelines for love

 

Using 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, we gave the Biblical guidelines for love and shared each of our strengths and weaknesses according to this passage of Scripture.

 

Questions to include in your letter

 

  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses according to what you read in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8?
  2. Can you share with us someone who has sacrificed to show love to you?
  3. Can you think of a specific way that you can show God’s love to someone today and tell us about how you did this?

 

Prayer request to include:

 

  1. Will you please pray that God would help me to be more (insert weakness according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)?

 

Closure

 

Close your letter by encouraging your sponsored child to show God’s love to others according to Scripture, and let them know you are praying for them as they experience and show God’s love each day.

 

Extra goodies to send with your letter

 

Sweet Valentine Sticker Paper Doll (for girls)

Father’s Love Letter (Free download available in many languages and written from God to his child)

Dare to Love: 1 Corinthians 13 downloadable chart (for older teens)

Glitter Heart Stickers (12 sheets per pack, send extras for child to share)

Valentine from God Lenticular bookmarks (remove ribbon and send extras for child to share)

• Coloring pages, dot-to-dots, hidden pictures, mazes, origami, ETC (keep in mind language barriers and any questionable content)

 

Letter of Love for January: All about [your state]

As child sponsors, we each know how important it is to write to and build a relationship with our sponsored children. However, the ink of creativity can run dry and the letter writing dries up right along with it. At least one Saturday a month in 2014, we will share a letter writing topic that we have used in the past or plan to use in the future. Many if not all of our sponsored children attend the child development centers for activities on Saturdays, so we thought this would be a helpful way to be praying for our children while we put these letters and packages together. So, let’s begin writing our letters of love!

 

All about (your state)

 

We live in the state of Michigan in the Midwest part of the United States. On January 26, 1837, Michigan became a state. We thought our children would love to learn about Michigan. We have not yet sent this letter along, but it will go out very soon.

 

Topics included in the letter:

 

• Basic overview of state geography (including the great lakes and upper and lower peninsulas)

• Climate

• Lighthouses (very important and historic Michigan landmark)

• Common trees, plants, vegetables, and fruits grown in Michigan

• Famous celebrations (fruit festivals)

• Popular sports and outdoor recreational activities

• Symbols important to Michigan (state flag, flower, tree, and animal)

 

Possible Questions to include:

 

  1. Is your country divided into states similar to the United States?
  2. What plants, trees, and animals are near your home?
  3. What activities do people near you enjoy?
  4. Are there any rivers or other important landmarks near your home?
  5. Are there any symbols important to you and the people around you?

 

Goodies to include:

 

• Pictures of state symbols

• Map of the United States with Michigan highlighted

• State postcards

• State coloring pages found here.

 

Your turn

 

Have you or will you write a letter about your state to your sponsored children? What did or will you share? Any specific questions or goodie ideas you would like to share with your fellow readers and us? Please feel free to share and use or adapt this letter idea as you see fit. We would be especially interested in how our international friends living outside the United States use this idea. Thanks for writing with us, and please join us again in February as we write another letter of love!