Writing to Your Child
// Rachel DeTellis
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a New Missions student show up for a sponsor visit holding a photo or letter in his hand from their sponsor.
And more than likely the student didn’t have a nice refrigerator to display it on, but safely kept it stashed away in a bag or box. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to communicate with a sponsor child because your life experiences differ greatly. Some younger students may not have traveled beyond a 10-15 mile radius of their home. However, you can be assured that your letters, photos, and especially your prayers will make a difference.
Besides telling your sponsor child about your life, I have found that one great way to have “written conversation” with someone you don’t know from a different culture, is to ask plenty of questions. Most Haitian students lead very simple lives. Asking questions such as: how family members make a living, what they plant in their garden, what animals they own, what chores they perform, what their church or school will be doing for holidays, where they would like to travel in Haiti, how they are doing in school, and what their aspirations are will give you insight to understand, inspire, and pray for your child. ~Rachel DeTellis