Does trying to build a relationship with a child living thousands of miles away sound overwhelming? For a lot of us, we don’t go beyond the $35 monthly gift in our sponsorship commitment. Writing letters, sending gifts, and trying to actually get to know our sponsored child can sound demanding, and often it’s hard to know how to move forward.
But being a more involved sponsor doesn’t have to be challenging, time-consuming, or expensive! And the relationship you build as a result is more than worth it. If you’re not sure how to get started, here are two easy steps that will put you on the path to forming a special bond.
Step 1 – Start writing letters like a pro.
Letter writing can seem intimidating — but it doesn’t have to be! The best sponsored child letters are short and simple. Your child wants to hear from you, but a very long letter will probably not keep his attention, especially if he is younger. A short, happy letter is the best way to let him know you’re thinking of him and you love him.
Try to keep your letters positive and personally focused. Your sponsored child wants to know about you! Sharing about your hobbies and daily life will help him connect to you in a more personal way, too. And be sure to ask him one or two simple questions so he has a starting point for writing you back.
Step 2 – Take it to the next level!
Letters are the best tools you have to connect with your sponsored child aside from meeting him in person. But sometimes, writing letters can become redundant. If you’re looking to add variety to your letter writing, try including an interactive element!
My favorite way to bring more interest to a letter is to add a craft. There are a few ways to do this. You can create a craft with your own children, or on your own, and send it to your sponsored child with your letter. Just make sure it’s small and flat enough to fit in an envelope without being crushed.
Another fun option is to send your sponsored child craft supplies and directions, such as colored pencils and a coloring sheet. If you want to make it even more personal, you can send a picture of your family with a completed version of the craft you’ve sent him. Or send him two coloring sheets — a blank one and one you made for him! If you can’t think of any craft ideas, check out our Pinterest board!
Sponsorship is all about the loving, supportive relationship between you and your sponsored child. This connection is incredibly valuable and we want to give you the tools you need to help it grow and flourish.
If you have questions, or if you want to tell us about your relationship with your sponsored child, let us know on our Facebook page!
And if you’re looking for more tips on growing your relationship with your sponsored child, check out our blog post on learning more about his culture.