How long does it take to receive the first letter?

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I started relationships with Glaizen and Angie in late April, and am wondering when to anticipate first letters from them. Can you remind me of the expected wait time for first letters?

(Sorry -- I know I've seen the answer to this somewhere, but have been searching today and simply can't find it. On the bright side, I've wandered down several other helpful and encouraging paths along the way!)
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Debi

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Kristen

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I believe on a first letter you have to wait 6 months before they do an inquiry to see what's holding it up. Doesn't this ministry teach us so much about patience?? Good things come to those who wait!
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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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It's four months to do an inquiry on a first letter if the child is sponsored, six months if they are a correspondence kid.
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Thanks for the correction, Debbie! I forgot it depended if they were sponsored vs correspondence.
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Angelee

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Is Uganda slow in getting letters to their sponsors?  I know their tons of islands to get to, and like one person going to all of them, but I haven't received a letter from Natacha yet... I called today, and they won't send out a letter/inquiry till the first... it's just 7 days... and obviously one isn't coming...  but I'll give it 7 days...  But I've seen several people post about Uganda being slow... Plus my little one is 4... soon to be 5...  I want to know if she is in school this fall or next fall...  I'm curious about my littlest!  

But, I do know It's not about me.  I know It's about her!  So, *sigh* whenever I get a letter I will be happy.
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Angelee

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Sorry! I meant Indonesia!  I have a child in each!
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Angelee! Indonesia is several islands as you said and because it is such a large area, we have separated the country into two so that we can serve the people better. This is why you see both IO and ID for Indonesia on children's numbers. IO is West Indonesia and ID is East Indonesia. Which office are the children you are concerned about from? From my experience, it really depends on the center. Most of the time, it is not the whole country that is "slow"  but that particular center might be training staff or there may be a slow down of letters from there for another reason. That said, I am happy to look into specific issues if you have certain children that you are concerned about. Just let me know which ones. :)
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It's the ID/East Indonesia section. I have read quite a few people looking for letters from their little ones from that area. But, I'm especially sensitive because I'm looking for a letter from a little one myself! Her name is Natacha Lantang ID1271708... September will be 4 months of sponsorship, and except for a digital form letter I have received no contact. I've been excellent in sending letters. I try to write weekly... I understand she is 4 and cannot write me, but I'd expect something. I've been a year with Ashli and have 4 letters already. It's sad to say, but I don't count the first "Letter". The picture looked like it was drawn on a cell phone and sent. There was no color it was a stick figure.... Even the writing is digital! So, Either she has NO creativity, or they are in need of crayons! And, they are faxing the letters! I's like the originals!
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Angelee, wow, I'm so sorry you have been waiting so long to hear from Natacha, especially since you have been so faithful in writing wonderful letters to her! I can see on your account that she has only written the one in April and you have written two to three a month since then. Thank you so much for loving and encouraging her so much! Please know that you are making a huge difference with your letters whether or not she is able to communicate that to you. You are correct that we normally send inquiries for financially sponsored children if you haven't received a letter after four months of sponsorship. Regrettably, we have to wait until the six month mark from the last letter to send an inquiry. The six month mark would be October 27. Please let me know if you have not heard by then and I'll send an inquiry right away. I sincerely hope you receive one real soon though! :)
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*Groan*  Well, I hope someone get on top of things soon!  I'm sorry I thought it was 4 months for all letters!  Well, here's to hoping!
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Thanks, y'all. I knew the answer was 3 months, 4 months, or 6 months before an inquiry, but wasn't sure which of those was the answer to this question. I appreciate the input. As Kristen said, this kind of schedule does help us practice patience. Of course, I could practice IMpatience, but what's the point? It doesn't speed things up, and heaven knows I don't need to get any better at being impatient ;)