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3 Things Sponsored Children Need to Hear From Their Sponsors

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They say one kind word can change someone’s entire day. Perhaps, then, a load of them can change someone’s entire life.

When you commit to sponsor a child, you get the opportunity every day to play a crucial role in your sponsored child’s life.

Every child has basic needs, such as food, water, health, and education. Your sponsorship support helps provide these. But children also need emotional, social, and spiritual care. While you can’t cook meals for your sponsored child or help with homework, you can offer support and encouragement through your words.

That’s why building a relationship with your child is so important.

Picture writing letters to your sponsored child like planting seeds in their lives. Though you may not see them every day, your words can help them grow into confident, caring adults.

Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “Many a humble soul will be amazed to find that the seed it sowed in weakness, in the dust of daily life, has blossomed into immortal flowers under the eye of the Lord.”

What if the words you write to your child sponsor planted seeds into eternity?

Here are a few things every child needs to hear:

You matter

Every child, no matter his or her story, has immeasurable worth and value. But how many know or truly believe that? As mentors, friends, and Christian brothers/sisters, it’s important that we affirm the value of all children as they navigate difficult issues in their lives.

Some scriptures you can reference when telling a child they matter include: Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139: 13-14, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 10: 29-31

God loves you

If this one is obvious, it is only because it’s the most important thing you can tell a child! Consider the ways you may have first heard about God’s love for you. Was it in Sunday School or at a youth retreat? Studies show that most Christians come to faith before they turn 18.

Telling a child simple truths about God’s love for him or her can be done by sharing a verse from Scripture or simply stating it in a note. Either way, this truth is one that can be told every time you write to your sponsored child without fear of being too repetitive.

Here are some scriptures you can use when emphasizing God’s love: Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:28, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39, 1 John 3:1.

You are not alone

One of the most encouraging and important things you can give a sponsored child is a reminder that he or she is not alone! Sponsored children often have experienced painful circumstances. Telling children they are not alone can help them hold on to hope that their present doesn’t have to be their tomorrow.

Here’s a great Scripture to reference: Joshua 1:9

 

The more we can point children to biblical truths that affirm their worth and identity in God, the more likely they will cling to hope in their life.

You can be the person who tells a child, “You matter.”

You can be the one who tells a child, “God loves you.”

You can be the one who tells a child, “You are not alone,” even if you’re not physically there.

And most importantly, you can be the person who points a child to Jesus.

 

Have you shared one of these biblical truths with your sponsored child yet?

If not, take the time now to write them a hope-filled letter.

 

P.S.  

Did you know now you can write letters to your sponsored child online?

Writing to your sponsored child just got easier!

If you currently sponsor a child, check out your Child Sponsor page here.

 

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