The first time I memorized Psalm 56:3 was in kindergarten. I remember quoting its words over and over in my mind during bad storms or scary nights. Twenty-something years later, and I still remember those words.
Why? Because I was young and looking for some kind of hope, something to calm my fears. And the words of Psalm 56:3 did just that.
Right now, your sponsored child is thousands of miles away but facing the same pandemic as you. You know how frightening this crisis has been, so you can probably imagine how much more so it must be in a developing country where access to necessities like food and medical care was already scarce.
Boys and girls worldwide are probably scared and confused about what’s going on. If your sponsored child is anything like most kids, he or she could use a dose of comfort right now … and a Bible verse is the perfect solution.
Today, consider writing a letter to your sponsored child and including a Bible verse. Explain the meaning of those precious words and how they’ve been an encouragement to you. Knowing that you are both taking comfort in that verse and it’s something you share will make your sponsored child feel even closer to you during these uncertain times. (Please note that mail delivery is currently delayed due to COVID-19, but you can still mail your letter or email it, and we will make sure it gets to your child as soon as possible.)
Here are a few Bible verses you can choose from to send to your sponsored child that are sure to bring comfort and hope:
1. Psalm 56:3
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.” — Psalm 56:3 (NKJV)
Your sponsored child might be afraid right now. Afraid of family members getting sick or becoming infected with the virus. Afraid of school not opening back up soon. The list could go on and on. But this verse will remind your sponsored child that he or she can trust God … even during the scariest times.
2. Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” — Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
This verse will remind your sponsored child where to turn in times of trouble. Even when the world seems to be falling apart — even during a global pandemic — he or she can find safety in God’s arms. What a blessing to know your sponsored child is never alone! God is always by his or her side.
3. Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
Again, this will remind your sponsored child that he or she doesn’t have to rely on personal strength. God is all-powerful. He created the entire universe. He is certainly able to help your sponsored child through any obstacle. Yes, there will be difficult days, but God always gives us the strength to make it through.
4. Philippians 4:19
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
As a generous sponsor, God is using you to help supply your sponsored child’s needs. Your monthly gifts help provide things like food, medical care, and educational opportunities. God is working through you! This verse will encourage your sponsored child that God is faithful, and He will continue to meet his or her needs every day.
5. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
At times your sponsored child may question the future. Doubts can trickle in, causing your child to wonder if a better life is even possible … or if day labor, field work, and poverty is all there is. But what a comfort to have this verse. It will remind your sponsored child that God has a perfect plan for his or her future. He wants us to prosper. He wants us to succeed.
A Bible verse may be exactly what your sponsored child needs, just like it was for me during my days in kindergarten. Whether you choose to include several verses in your letter or just a piece of one, you can be sure those words will bring a wealth of comfort and encouragement.
While we’re still waiting for life to go back to normal and the day-to-day pace is still a bit slow, take this opportunity to write your sponsored child a letter and include a Bible verse. Your message may be delayed as we try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but we’ll forward it as quickly as possible.
Who knows? The verse you send may not only help your sponsored child through this pandemic … but it may also stick with him or her long after grade school.
Not a sponsor yet? You can get started by choosing a child to help rescue from poverty at worldhelp.net/sponsor.