Below you will find the 3rd and final letter, Made in the Image of God, in my Perfectly Unique letter series. I hope these letters have been an inspiration to you as you seek to encourage and inspire the young people you correspond with, and even with young people in your own community. The first two letters can be found here and here.Continue Reading
You will notice, these Perfectly Unique letters are quite short and simple. I often struggle between being too wordy, and too abrupt. In these letters, I wanted the message to be true and rich, but my words to be few. Hopefully I have achieved a balance.
Perfectly Unique, Sponsorship Saturday
Several letter writing ideas swirl in my mind often, but getting them down on paper isn’t always done before I forget those great ideas. Understanding that about myself, I began to be intentional about looking for an idea for a series of letters to pre-write to our Compassion Sponsored Children. These letters are among the most popular posts on By Quiet Waters.
Letter Writing Inspiration
Early in the summer of 2015 I had made a commitment to myself to finish some of the books I started reading, but for one reason or another, hadn’t finished. Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs is one of those books. As I read the book, I was looking for quotes and ideas to infuse into my conversations with my daughters. And I was also inspired to write a series of three letters to our sponsored children. These letters are quite simple, but I hope the message is clear. Every child is planned for, loved, and has purpose. That is what I want each of my own children to know and believe, and each of our sponsored children well.Continue Reading
This paper airplane letter post is an updated version of a popular post from the archives. The letter writing guidelines for Compassion Sponsors have changed. In light of that, I am going back through my Sponsorship Saturday posts and updating the information to better fit those new guidelines.
Readers of By Quiet Waters more than likely know that I advocate for children to be sponsored through Compassion International. It is part of the work that God has given me, to speak up for those who have been forgotten, neglected, abused and have no voice. After spending a week in El Salvador, in 2015, I returned home more certain that the ministry of Compassion is doing a good and effective work in communities around the world.
Compassion goes into impoverished countries and communities world-wide and partners with local churches that are already involved in children’s ministry. And this partnership is greatly changing at risk communities.
I have listened to people, who all said similar things. They said, the project at the church is helping them in ways that no one else will or can. And each of them spoke of the love of Christ they observe in word and in deed. The ministry of Compassion works. In Jesus name, by Jesus’ power, and for Jesus’ glory, lives are being changed and improved. Severely impoverished people are experiencing hope and the possibility of reaching their full potential.
Child Sponsorship is a one to one relationship with a specific child. If you sponsor one of these children, no one else will have the opportunity. For the purposes of sponsorship, that child will be yours. Just $38 a month is the financial investment in sponsorship. That financial investment provides tutoring, healthy snacks and meals, medical care, mentor-ship, vocational training. All of these things open the door for the understanding of the Gospel of Jesus and discipleship in Christian living.
Parents and guardians are also offered educational and occupational assistance. The churches where all this takes place is a safe haven for the children at risk for hunger, exploitation and/or forced entry into gangs. And the neighborhoods around these churches see a beacon of light.
Once a child is sponsored, you and the child have the opportunity to develop a relationship through letters and cards. Sponsors are asked to write to their children at least 3 times a year. I hope to encourage sponsors to write or send cards monthly or every other month. For many of these children our words of love and encouragement in the Faith are the only ones they hear outside their child development centers.
These letters are important.
If you have questions about sponsorship, please feel free to comment or email me. If you would to sponsor child, you can click the banner in the sidebar, or other links in this post. Boys and girls in 27 different countries between the ages of 3 and 22 are in need of people who will sponsor them and stand in the gap for him or her.
Children like these are waiting for the gift of a sponsor and the love that will be shared. Please consider adding a $38 a month financial investment and regular letter writing to your personal ministry and giving. Thank you.
Grace and peace be yours
Finding yellow envelopes in the mail boxes brings everyone to the table checking to see who got mail. Since 2010 we’ve been growing and learning about the world beyond our small corner through child sponsorship with our children.