Do correspondence children know that they also have financial sponsors?

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My correspondence child recently thanked me for what he thought was my birthday gift to him.  He also sent a photo of the gift.  Would it be appropriate for me to mention that the gift was given by his financial sponsor who also loves him very much?
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Adam, Compassion does not encourage telling them.   They want the student to develop the relationship with you and obviously the person financially sponsoring wants you to do this so you could just remind the child/student that the Lord provided and you are glad they liked it.  I say that when I send gifts to my sponsored students because God is who provides it.  I want them to remember that and learn to totally trust God for their needs.  They really don't need to know that information.
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Compassion asks that the field staff tell the kids, but it's often too much to understand, and some languages don't have the right terminology to explain it and those ones don't get told, but they do tell the kids they can.  Most my kids seem to know and a few have asked me also thank or say hi to their financial sponsors (the ones that know, seem to think I know their financial sponsors).  I have furthered onto Compassion's explanation by telling them they have two sponsors, one who pays the support and one who writes, and I am the writing sponsor and that I don't know the financial sponsor but I know they must love them. 
I don't bother to explain if the child thanks me for gifts sent by a financial sponsor though after that.   The child has no way of contacting the financial sponsor and is required (and likely wants to) thank someone, so you're going to get the letter. Plus many of them don't get it anyways and will continue to think it's from you anyways.  I really wouldn't worry about it at all :)


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Teresa, I didn't know that.  I just say I am there new sponsor, I do send gifts and if their financial drops them so far I have been able to pick them up.
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Adam, sorry for my misinformation because I had heard you weren't supposed to talk about it, just write as if you were their sponsor.  Thanks for the help, Teresa!
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http://ourcompassion.org/general_discussions/f/15/t/2607.aspx  Here Denise, you're on OC right? There's a message there from a staff member who said that the kids are told :) (Second post down or so I think)  I've seen it posted a few times on OC that they are told :) I usually tell the ]kids I am their new "correspondent."  I do send financial gifts as well and have rarely had the financial sponsor send one, so I rarely get this, but it does happen on the odd occassion.  I've never had a kid dropped by a financial sponsor yet, so haven't had to make the choice if I'd pick them up or not, but with almost 20 correspondent kids, most of them I couldn't, which is part of the reason why I'm glad they know. 

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