Letter writing is an important part of building a relationship with your sponsored child. However, sometimes you may find yourself with pen in hand staring at a blank page. What would be relevant to write about and what would my sponsored child find interesting?
Here are 8 tips to make your letter writing much easier.
Describe your family and explain how your family functions. You can write about your children, parents, siblings, cousins and even your pets. Remember to add a photo of you and your family.
Hobbies and Past Times
Share with your sponsored child what sports you enjoy and any interests or pastimes you may have. You can also ask your sponsored child which hobbies they enjoy.
Show Interest In Your Child’s Country
Ask your child about South Africa including their traditions, seasons and even the weather.
In South Africa, there is not one heritage, or a set of distinct identities. The cultures, languages and heritages of South Africa are multiple, diverse, and dynamic.
In Limpopo, most people speak Sepedi, Ndebele, Tsonga, and some Venda.
You can do some research about South Africa and Limpopo Province to help you when writing your letters.
Where You Live
Describe your home (be careful not to share to much about material things). Give a general description of the area you live and share interesting and educational facts about the area. You can describe what your streets, shops and roads are like. South Africa children are raised in agricultural surroundings, so you can mention your garden and the plants you grow.
Their Dreams For The Future
What are your child’s dreams for the future and what are they looking forward to? What would they like to do once they are grown up? For the older children, what would like to do once they are finished with school?
You can describe your job and what you enjoy about it as well as the challenges you face.
They Are Growing Up
As you walk through this journey with your sponsored child. Each letter is an opportunity to comment on how they have grown and the goals they have achieved.
Speak To Them About God’s Love
You can ask them about church and which Bible story is their favorite?
Share scripture that has helped you on your faith journey and can help your child on their journey.
You can share your prayer requests with your child and your prayers for them.
This is a simple way to show interest in your sponsored child’s life and see how they are growing spiritually and physically. It will also help if you make notes from the answers received so the next letter you write could be a follow up of these questions.
Questions could include the following,
What is their family like, and do they have any siblings?
Ask your child questions about upcoming holidays in South Africa, the weather, and traditions.
You can also ask them how school is going, and which subjects they most enjoy.
Are they involved in any sport and how is it going?
Ask them about church and do they enjoy going every Sunday?
Ask your child about their friends and what games they play with their friends?
What is their favorite animal?
What job would they like to have when they grow up?
Keep your letter simple, it does not have to be a long letter, you can touch on a few points that you find interesting and that your sponsored child can easily relate with.
I hope this has helped and inspired you in writing your next letter to your sponsored child.