How often should we write?

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My husband and I just started sponsoring 3 year old twin girls. We are sending out our first letter to them today. My question is, how often can we write? I know that we may not get responses quickly, but I want to continue to write regularly - but since they are so young I also don't want to overwhelm them. Ideas?
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Lindsee

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We hear often about how much the children love getting letters so I think they would love it even more if you sent them often! I usually write once or twice a month and get back about 6 letters a year from each child.
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anna

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I would recommend once a week. They love our letters!
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I write monthly to my kids.
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Andrea Watt

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I write a monthly letter to all my kids with my "updates" on my life. Or at least I try to, sometimes I miss a month :( Also I write a reply letter each time I receive one of theirs too. :)
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Wow, twins! How exciting Jess and I love your heart to write loving letters to your new children! Please know that you're welcome to write as often as you'd like just as everyone has mentioned above. There is a group of sponsors that writes to their children on the second Friday of every month. Once a month is great or even every two months :). Your kiddos will be required to write between two and six letters a year depending on how often you write to them. I’d say somewhere in that range is a good amount to write. You should check out our infographic blog that has quotes from children about what letters mean to them and a few statistics you might find interesting.
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Hi Emily.Can you check on letters from Jazeel and Anthony? I have letters from all the rest I was told were on the way. I have one sponsor child who graduates in June. And of course I'm thinking about what to do next.Sponsor one more or not or maybe support another program. I was going to wait until she graduates but you know WHO steps in with your going to wait till then? Several days later you can see on my account what happens next when I think one thing and God decides for me. :) 
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I'm happy to check for you, William! And I love your willing heart and desire to help any child and just listen to God's voice :). Our records show that we received Anthony's letter on April 17th in our office and we received one from Jazeel on April 6th. It takes around 5 days to leave our office and be mailed. Both of these letters have been mailed to your address. I would encourage you to check with your post office to see if they were held up for some reason. I'm so sorry for this inconvenience :(.

In the case these letters have gotten lost in the mail somewhere, we can contact our country offices to see if they have a copy of the letters that we can send to you. Our policy for these types of inquiries requires us to wait 45 days from the day we received the letter in our office. This is just in case there was a delay and their still on their way to you. Because it has been 45 days since we received Jazeel's letter, let me know if your post office doesn't have it and we will send an inquiry. If you don't get Anthony's letter by June 1st, let us know and we will ask our office in Ecuador if they have a copy.
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Thanks Emily.
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Adam

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Hi Jess! That's so cool that you're starting to sponsor your kids so young. My wife and I watch a 3 year old class at church and sometimes I feel overwhelmed by them. :) I love being around kids that age. They are so funny and they say the most hilarious things sometimes. I hope that you get a lot of fun letters from your twins. What a good question! I was also wondering how often most people write. It sounds like everyone is different and I guess it might also depend on how many kids someone is writing to and how old they are. One of the things I really like about Compassion is they really seem to give the sponsors a lot of freedom to kind of do their own thing and develop the relationships with their sponsored children however they would like to. You can just write as much as you feel comfortable writing. I didn't see anyone else mention it but I think most of the centers pass out letters once a month in case that helps you decide. Welcome to this community, by the way!
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William Blair

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I just thought of an idea about writing to our sponsor kids. I just got a letter from my sponsor child in Bolivia and she said she had her tutor read my letter to her class. We can write the letters to include the other kids in the program.Some do not have sponsors yet and some never get letters at all so this should help them not feel left out. I guess many sponsors know what that is like.We can let them know the letters are for them too.
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William, I don't think I've seen anyone that cares about these kids more than you do. You're amazing.
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William Blair

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Not me.It's just God just put me into this ministry and now I can see more of who He is. I can't explain it. After that first trip to El Salvador in 2012 and standing face to face with my sponsor child everything changed. Have you seen the FB page Step Into My Shoes? We can't step into their shoes unless we go live in their world. 
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Adam

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That's true, William. I cant wait to go see my sponsored child. I hadn't heard about that page before. I don't go on Facebook much because I don't have an account anymore but if I do I always just go to the main Compassion page. I did watch that video you were telling me about here a while back about the child assassins in El Salvador. That is so sad. I've never seen anything like that before. I can't even imagine what it's like for those kids growing up there in that environment.
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William Blair

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So true Adam. We can't imagine. You can go to the Compassion page and click on blogs and go to archives in 2008. In October there's the blog How Drug Running Affects A Community. The dealers have creative methods to get the kids in the cartels. Their methods are actually similar to how the church reaches out to them.

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