Want to know the top secret ingredients to writing quality letters to your sponsored child? Since I am here to help you strengthen your bond with your child and encourage your letter writing, I am happily going to share with you this classified information today.
The letter writing recipe I use is – centering my letters to Lucky around the four elements of Compassion’s holistic approach.
Compassion has been releasing children from poverty since 1952 which makes me confident to say – they know what they are doing. There is a specific reason as to why they created their holistic approach and affiliated child development centers model their teaching and counseling with this method.
When you write your child, I encourage you to use one of the four elements as a general theme to each letter. You can also incorporate the other elements within the same letter. Having a prepared theme will help your writing tremendously and prevent writer’s block. Utilizing the holistic approach in your letters is going to compliment what your child is learning at his or her child development center.
These are some writing topics I use in order to touch on the four elements in my letters to Lucky:
Spiritual – Faith, morals, making right choices, prayer requests, Bible verses
Physical – Exercise, health, hygiene, sanitation, (Mental – confidence, inspiration, compliments)
Social – Friendship, life, family updates, personal stories, encourage community involvement
Economic – Education, income generating ideas, current events in the US and Uganda only if they are positive and can inspire his future, setting goals
* * * W R I T I N G C H A L L E N G E * * *
On Monday, 3/28 I want you to write a letter to your child with a Spiritual theme. I am even going to give you exactly what to write about for the first day of the challenge to help you out.
Write about your Easter weekend.
HINT: Last Easter I taught Sunday School and used Resurrection Eggs to tell the story. In my letter to Lucky, I told him about the lesson, what the symbols stood for, and how excited the children would get when they opened their egg. I also attached a photo of the Resurrection Eggs to his letter so he had a visual. I referenced Mark 16:6, and included a prayer.
Look for this really cute and appropriate letter writing template online for your Easter (Spiritual) letter.
Then, you have until Sunday, 4/4 to write three more letters using the remaining themes. Challenge yourself to do this exercise for four consecutive weeks if you really want to improve your writing.
If four letters a week is too challenging, modify it. Try two holistic elements per week, or simply pick one element each week for four weeks and write to your child. Your letters do not have to be long. They can be short and simple. No rules, except one.
The only rule is to let your heart write the letter.
If you accept my writing challenge, keep me posted in the comments section. I would love to hear about it! Feel free to share with other sponsors you know and take the challenge together. You can also print out the graphic I made above, cut it out, and tape it to your monitor or wherever is best to serve as a reminder.
Enjoy writing. Enjoy sponsorship.