In my 3 or 4 years as a sponsor of a child in Bolivia I've written 2 or 3 letters. I may have started the sponsorship out of guilt, I can't remember. It was a typical Compassion Sunday where the pastor stands up and tells us about all the children in the world who have little and gives us all the reasons we should be a sponsor. I made room, a very tiny bit of room to support one child. Then I set up an automatic monthly debit and forgot about her. Occasionally I'd get a letter while plowing through bills, I'd stop and smile as she grew up to be 16 years old this year. I paused briefly to remember my 16th year and vowed to write to her.
This year I've watched Angie from "Bring The Rain" go to India and Ann from "A Holy Experience" go to Guatemala and I learned that writing to the children is a vital part of this thing called Compassion! I can honestly say I never understood the power of a letter until I read their journeys.
And so I've devised a template in which I'll type a monthly letter to my child in Bolivia. I've realized part of my crutch was that I hate hand writing, can never find nice paper, too many excuses prevent action. I was also putting it off until I had time to order photos and then send photos of my family. It finally dawned on me! this child doesn't need finely printed photos, any photo would do even one printed from a regular Epson printer at work. I then made a Word document split into two columns, left side for my words and photos, right side for translation!!! I printed my first newsletter today and mailed it.
Thank you Lord, for showing me the way. I pray this letter will bless my daughter in Bolivia. I also pray for the funds to afford a 2nd child in November. In Jesus name, Amen.