Beginning a Sonsorship

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Hi, I recently picked up a packet at my church camp to sponsor a child from Bolivia. There was a representative from Compassion International who took my packet and credit card information. I have had no email, or letter, or contact from the Compassion company since. I haven't gotten any of my sponsor numbers or anything like that so i could access my childs information. The only number i have is my kids child number. I don't know how to begin my sponsorship. When do i know when to begin sending letters, or when my money begins to help my child, or even when my money begins to be taken? Im confused about the lack of communication. I wish i was contacted more to be walked through this, as this is my first sponsorship and I'm not feeling too confident about it. Im also a little concerned because i don't want to have just given my credit card info to a company and not get any feedback about when it will be used and when it will benefit my chid. So far the experience hasn't been the best for me and i wish things were different. 
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Alex Clark

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heather o

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Alex, thank you so much for blessing a child with sponsorship! The wonderful Compassion staff who monitor this forum will get back to you after the long weekend. I am a sponsor just like you, but hopefully I can put your mind somewhat at ease. When you sponsor at an event, like your camp, it takes several weeks for the sponsorship to be processed. You should be hearing something within a few weeks. God bless!
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I know you'll hear from Compassion staff when they are back in the office Tuesday, but I just want to encourage you and tell you that you've done a wonderful thing by choosing to sponsor a child through Compassion. I have sponsored through Compassion for twenty years now & it is a life-changing experience not just for your child, but for you! The words of hope you'll write to your child will reinforce what your child is learning at the Compassion project & let your child know someone clear across the world loves him (or her). It does take some time after an event to process the new sponsorships and get everything started, and it sounds like you are eager to get going! The Compassion staff are very helpful & responsive & will address your concerns once they see the message you posted. Meanwhile, I encourage you to explore the Compassion website, blog, and Facebook page. You'll learn so much about the programs, how your money is spent, how Compassion is supporting your child and introducing your child to Jesus. There are pages on the website for new sponsors that may answer many of your questions. And if you are concerned about the company's integrity, check out the charity watchdog group called Charity Navigator to see that Compassion has consistently ranked very high among charitable organizations for financial accountability. They are a good organization, and You are making an eternal investment in the life of that precious child! God bless you!
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Alex, I also want to encourage you!  We began sponsoring a child a year ago, and now sponsor several children.  It has been an amazing experience and I am excited for you!
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Hi Alex! Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor a child with Compassion! I'm so sorry that your experience with our ministry so far has left you doubtful and discouraged :(. I looked for a sponsorship under your email address, but I wasn't able to find one. How long ago did you sign up to sponsor this child? It can take up to four weeks for a new sponsorship to be processed when it is set up at an event. The first donation will be pulled out immediately when the account is set up. Can you tell me your child's number? Once your account is set up and the sponsorship is processed, you will receive your sponsor number and a welcome packet with more information on sponsorship, including a little card to send to your kiddo!
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I originally gave my information packet to the representatives on June 23. And I gave a different email on the packet. It was alexclark00@me.com. My child's name is Bladimir Luna Albornoz and his number is BO-306-1013. I still have not heard anything from anyone except the people who replied to this comment.
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Hi Alex! I did find your account this time! Your account was set up only a week ago and the first donation pulled at that time. Your account is set up to pull donations out on the 15th of every month starting in August, which you can change at anytime if another date works better for you. You should receive Bladimir's welcome packet within the next two weeks :).
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Thank you so much!

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