Age of my child

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I received my first letter from my child and on the top page where his name and child number is written it also says his age is 7. On his profile when I first sponsored him it said he was 8 years old? Can you please find out the child’s true age?
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Serene Erika Upod

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Hi Serene! Actually, I think that this letter was written before Emmanuel turned eight years old in October. He was registered in the program just last year, and many of the children write an introductory letter like the one above that you received soon after being enrolled in the program so that we can quickly get a letter to the sponsor as soon as the child has been sponsored. The stationary of letters moving forward should show that he is eight years old.
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Serene Erika Upod

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Thank you for the quick response. I’m looking forward to get new letters from my child.
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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I recognize that form. It's the same one my Uganda girl used for her first letter. SO useful as it shows all the members of the family, etc.

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Serene Erika Upod

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Ya it looks like a generic letter. Did you receive more personalized letters after the first letter?
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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I actually consider it very personalized because you learn the names and ages of parents, siblings, etc.  How personalized the letters tend to be depends on the child (and I think the center) Some feel more generic.  Some respond better to things in your letters. Some just don't. Over time you get to know the personality of the child but I have had to let go of the idea of a penpal and treat it more as a mentorship. I am encouraging and teaching my sponsored child even when they are not effusive in their response.  From the answers to your last letter portion of my last letter from Jonah "She thank you very much for sending her a beautiful letter and wishing her happy birthday may God bless you. She was happy for your song and prays that may the Lord continue to anoint you."  I've had other kids tell me that they were a little afraid because of the topic of my letter (oops! I am so fascinated by volcanoes it did not process that the topic of Mt St Helens may be scary to some of these kids!)  OVer time you definitely get to know your kid. But it may never be all the details you are hoping for.