I’m concerned I haven’t heard from my sponsor child

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I’m concerned I haven’t heard from my sponsor child since August 23rd. When should it become a concern that we are not getting any response or letters from them? I feel like I’m sponsoring a fake child sorry to say. Last letter was rejected because he didn’t date it. I mean shouldn’t that be a minor issue? I want to make sure this child is actually benefiting from us. I see all the children that benefit and have a great relationship with their sponsor. I am not seeing that here.
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Ashley Lelepali

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Hello, Ashley. Thank you so much for reaching out to us. I'm so sorry for the disappointment caused by the writing relationship you have with Justin - or rather, the lack thereof. Children in the program are required to write their sponsors twice a year, so we can send an inquiry to his center if you haven't heard from him in over six months. He did attempt to write to you in October, but because that was the letter that was cancelled, you haven't received as many letters at this point as some other sponsors. The reason each letter needs a date on it is that our centers keep records and copies of each letter written, and need to see when each child has written to their sponsor. Because you have been such a great letter-writer right out of the gate, you should expect him to write you often, but it can take a while to get in the rhythm of consistent back-and-forth letter-writing. Justin is also very young, which means that his letters are going to generally be written by a caregiver or tutor at his center.

I've been sponsoring a young man in Kenya for 6 years, ever since he was 5 years old. He only recently - within the past year - started writing his own letters. Before that, his letters were always written by someone at his center, and were very generic. I continued writing to him and praying for him during those years, and now that he's writing his own letters, we have trust and a relationship built, and the letters have been rich and full of encouragement and personal questions. Sometimes, it just takes patience, especially over the first few years of sponsorship.

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