How many correspondent sponsors do you have?

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Just curious how many correspondent children everyone writes to? Do you have all ages? Do you send stickers and other paper gifts with your letters, or mostly write online?  What is your favourite part about being a correspondent? Do you get that jolt of excitement when you see a new child on your account, or that letter in the mail? Just some curious questions this Friday evening!
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Elizabeth York

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I correspond with one 10 year old girl from Nicaragua. I've been corresponding with her since April, so I won't receive a letter for a little while, but I love writing her letters and sending her little paper items! I also love that I am able to pray for her! When I logged in and found her on my account, I wish I could have seen my face! I was so excited that God was using me in this way. I am going to ask for another correspondent child soon when school is over for the summer. I was really moved to get involved with the correspondent program because I wanted to help these kids, but I knew that I couldn't afford to sponsor while in high school. When I heard about this program, all I  could think was," can Compassion get any better?" My favorite part of being a correspondent is, even though I'm in high school, I can still encourage a young life and be a witness to her for Jesus Christ without financially sponsoring! I try to alternate writing a handwritten letter and an online letter. I'm so excited to be a part of Genesis' life!
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Elizabeth,

I think that it's wonderful that you're sponsoring in high school! I also started sponsoring as a teen (although I was in college). It was sometimes tough to scrape by when you're in school, but definitely worth the sacrifice! Your kids are lucky to have you and I'm sure that you're such an encouragement to them.

Best,
Katie
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Thank you Katie! I am so thankful for this opportunity that God has blessed me with! :) Have you heard of the correspondent program, Katie? It is such an awesome opportunity! :)
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I think it's wonderful too, Katie! ;) Elizabeth is a great example, just like it says in 1 Timothy 4:12, for being a correspondent to a child while she's in high school. I don't remember what I was doing in high school but I know it wasn't anything that important, lol. You rock Elizabeth! I'm still praying for your event this fall at your church. :)
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Thank you Adam! You are such an encouragement! That made my day! :) Thank you for your prayers. I'm also remembering you and your family (including Ana :) ) in my prayers. :)
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I wanted to update this with some exciting news! I now correspond with another little girl as well as with Genesis! Ilianny is 5 and she is from the Domincan Republic! I'm very excited about this! Both times I've let Compassion decide gender/age/country...and I like that! I am now switching my correspondence schedule a little...I've decided to still alternate the letter between online/handwritten. I write to Genesis the first week of the month and Ilianny the second week. On the months I write online letters, I send some paper based items like coloring pages etc. the last week of the month with a handwritten note of encouragement. I don't know if any of that makes sense to anyone, but it works for me! :)
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I sponsor 3 and correspond with 6 others. I like teens so most of my kids are over 10 but I do have a couple 5 year olds at the moment (1 sponsored and 1 correspondence). I mostly write online but will send the young ones packages of stickers and coloring pages periodically. I love the surprise of seeing the faces pop up on my account when I get a new one. I like to hand pick my sponsored kids but I like letting Compassion assign the correspondence kids so I get an assortment of countries and genders and ages. I've sponsored with Compassion since 2008 and have had many correspondence children over that time. Some have left the program, some have lost their sponsor and I wasn't able to take them on, some have graduated. One of my sponsored kids and my daughter's sponsored child both started as correspondence kids that we were able to take on after their sponsors dropped them.

I had an awesome experience a few years back where I was corresponding with 2 kids and both lost their sponsors at the same time (I believe it was a company that sponsored them). I could only afford to take on one so, after much thought and prayer, I chose Genet because she seemed to have the most need and I let Metha go. A couple years later I was browsing kids on the Compassion site (because sometimes I just love to see their beautiful faces! Don't judge...) and I saw Metha out there looking for a sponsor!!! I couldn't afford to sponsor him at the time but I posted a message on the Our Compassion site (I think that's what it was called back in the day) asking if anyone would be willing to sponsor this great kid because he still had such a place in my heart. To my great joy, a woman I didn't know sent a message that she would sponsor him. Huzzah!! And then it got even better - she was going to let me be his correspondent! EEP! So after a couple year break I got to write to him again until he graduated. He is now in LDP!

So, needless to say, I think the correspondent program is a wonderful thing :-)  and Compassion sponsors and staff are just amazing!

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That is great Kristen! What an amazing story! I love looking through those pictures too! :)
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Kristen, Elizabeth is right, that story is absolutely amazing! I was just sitting here thinking what are the chances of that actually happening? Like, zero! lol Wow, it sounds like the Lord had a plan to keep you two together all along! :) There was a good blog post here not long ago called "What Are the Odds?" that was talking about how sometimes it seems like things just seem to fit together too perfectly to be a coincidence and your story reminded of that. That truly is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing that!
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I sponsor 1 and have 6 correspondents.  My kids range in age from 5-15 and span every continent on which Compassion works, which is really fun.  I try to mix-up whether I do online or hand-written letters.  Often I'll send quick reply emails to letters I receive then do hand-written letters to everyone at once with little goodies inside.

I love the correspondent program for the opportunity it gives me to touch that many more lives.  I couldn't afford to sponsor 7 kids right now, but because of this program I can still be a part of these kids lives.  Especially after seeing the impact of letters first hand in El Salvador, I know that even what seems mundane or silly to me can make an impact on my kids, even if it's just putting a smile on their faces for a day.  Of course I love getting their letters too and immediately open those "Message from your sponsored child" envelopes when they show up.  And, yes, the thrill of seeing a new face on my account is of course great, just seeing who I've been paired with this time.  Also, most of my correspondents (if not all) are not necessarily kids I would have chosen to sponsor on my own.  However, they are all so special to me and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of each of their lives.

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