One of the most important things to know about sponsorship is how much you mean to the child you help support. When children receive letters or gifts from their sponsors, they are overjoyed. A sponsor’s prayers, words of encouragement and financial support can change a child’s life.
When we ask children in our program what they wish their sponsors knew, their unique answers often share a few common truths:
- Sponsors encourage their spiritual growth.
- Sponsors build their self-esteem.
- Sponsors help make their dreams come true.
To find out why sponsorship makes such a difference in their lives, hear what young people in Latin America and the Caribbean say they wish their sponsors knew.
“Come inside. It’s time to write your sponsors,” a tutor calls to the playing children, who head inside their Compassion center and take their seats.
“What would you like to tell them?”
The room is quiet as the children think about the soccer goal they just scored or whether there might be food waiting at home if their father found work today.
“OK. What about telling your sponsor about your favorite sport?” the tutor suggests, hoping an idea will help get the kids started.
He knows sponsors are important to the kids; he hears the kids talk about them like they are part of the family. Sometimes the kids just don’t know how to put those feelings into words. So we asked kids in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean what it means to them to have a sponsor and what they wish their sponsor knew. Here’s what they said.
1. How Do You Help Children Grow Spiritually?
By sharing words of encouragement, advice and Scripture, you can help your child grow spiritually.