Are my kids truly receiving letters from me?

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Hi, my kids never seem to respond to any specific questions I write them about and everything is very generic. I recently started correspondence with a child I sponsor through another organization and the first response I received spoke directly to things I had written the child about in my letter. How can I be sure my kids with compassion are truly receiving my letters since it doesn’t seem they have?
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Dayna Kovacic

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good afternoon Dayna, 

First off, I am so sorry to hear that you are even questioning if your letters are getting to your kiddos! I see that you have been a sponsor with us for over seven years, which in itself is truly incredible and we are so thankful for your support! Also, I took a look at your letters and you are a phenomenal writer! I see you write about 2-3 times per year but you write very in depth and even send photos with your letters! These are truly so special and I am sure your kiddos are loving them! I can confirm all of your letters are making it to your children, and you can even see when they have been sent to your child online if you log into your my account. 
However, we also understand the letter writing process can be frustrating at times. We greatly appreciate the commitment you are making to bless these two kiddos with your letters despite their lack of response to your questions. The project staff does an excellent job teaching the children how to respond to letters. However, keep in mind, children may not have their most recent letter with them when they reply, as many of the children get so excited that they end up taking the letters home to share with their families and forget to bring them back when it is letter writing day. This means they may have forgotten questions that were asked in a previous letter. These children also communicate verbally; letter writing tends to be a foreign concept to most of them. We suggest highlighting and numbering your questions in your next letter. This will draw the project staff's attention to the questions. This usually helps with the communication process.  
Another suggestion would be to write a note at the top of your letter indicating that you would 'like the child to answer the following questions,' and then list the questions, number them, and highlight them with a highlighter. This should help get the attention of the child and tutor and, hopefully, you will receive a direct, more personal response.
We encourage you to consider letter writing your personal ministry to your child. While responses may not be full of quality and value, you are still being a huge blessing in the life of these children. Children do not always know how to express their thanks or communicate their feelings, plans and dreams but we encourage you to keep feeding love into your child's life. We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding the letter writing process. 
I hope this is helpful! Please let us know if you have any other questions!