It didn’t take long after my family sponsored our first child in 2011 to discover that the best part of child sponsorship is the relationship you build through letter writing. It’s a thrill to open your mailbox and discover an envelope with the words “Message From Your Sponsored Child” on it. You open the letter knowing you’re about to experience a peek inside your sponsored child’s life. And when your sponsored child receives a letter from you, it’s their opportunity to get a peek at your life.
With many, many miles separating you and your sponsored child, these letters shared are precious. You learn about each other’s families, hobbies, work/school, needs. You offer prayers for one another. You share your faith with one another.
My heart melts each time our oldest sponsored child signs her letters “Your loving daughter” and when she shares Bible verses with me as I have been doing with her.
Recently she asked me to read Luke 19:10.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
I love seeing how her faith is growing and how she understands who Jesus is and wants to share that with others.
I always include a Bible verse or passage in my letters to our sponsored children. It’s a great way to encourage your sponsored child.
While there are certainly many wonderful verses to share, here are twelve of the ones I like to include. If you write your child once a month, there’s a verse for each month.
- Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
- As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
- Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
- Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
- I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
- He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
- Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
- Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. John 14:27
- But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
- See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1
- Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
If you sponsor a child, take the time to write them and be sure to encourage them with scripture. You may find it’s not long until they’re doing the same for you.
You can learn more about child sponsorship at Compassion.com.
Disclosure: I am part of the Compassion Bloggers program. No compensation was received for this post. I just love the work of Compassion and want to share it with others.