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I am a sponsor, like you. I have been sponsoring now for 4 years. I wanted to post today to hopefully help relieve some of your frustration. The ladies who monitor this forum will be back tomorrow, and hopefully be able to help you a little more.
First of, I want to assure you that your child is real. If you choose to, you can join the compassion coorespondants group on facebook. There are many sponsors there who have had the opportunity to actually go on trips and meet their sponsor kids. I have never been so fortunate myself, but a couple years ago another sponsor went and visited the project one of my boys is at, and she brought me back pictures she took of him at the project, with the gifts I had sent with her for him. So, I feel very confident in saying that these kids are real, they do attend the projects and they do benefit from our sponsorship!
I know it can be so hard waiting for those letters to come, can't it? As a new sponsor, you should have received your first letter within the first 4 months of starting your sponsorship. Since it sounds like you haven't, Compassion can do an inquiry for you to get that letter underway. Again, the ladies who watch this forum can help you with that tomorrow. After that first letter, you should be receiving a letter every 2 to 6 months, depending on how often you write.
Compassion made some changes to how letters are handled back in April. These changes were supposed to have helped speed up the communication process, but as can happen, there have been some problems with this change, and myself and many other sponsors have actually noticed a slow down in the process. Compassion knows this, and is working to correct it. It has been frustrating and at times discouraging, but I believe Compassion will work through it, and in time we will see the things they have promised. So, I encourage you to hang in there for now. Let Compassion do an inquiry for you, and see how things go after that.
I am so sorry that you have waited so long for a letter from your child and that this has caused you to doubt your child's very existence. Regrettably, there have been other organizations that have made it difficult for organizations like Compassion who are genuinely trying to make a difference in the lives of children with financial integrity. For this reason, I encourage anyone who donates to an organization to do their research before they give. Don't just blindly give to an organization. By all means, Google us, look at what Charity Navigator, Charity Watchdog, and the Better Business Bureau are saying, listen to what other supporters are saying about Compassion, look at our financial records, visit our centers and your child in the field or talk to other supporters who have, and look at research that backs up the effectiveness of our program. I believe that all of these things speak for themselves about our integrity and whether you can trust us when we say to you that you are sponsoring a real child with real needs and you are making a real difference.
Regrettably, I was unable to find an account for you by your name and email address. Are you by chance sponsoring Yusra from Tanzania? If so, it looks like you just started sponsoring her in May 2016 and have sent five letters. Thank you so much for pouring into her life in this way! With each letter, you are building her confidence and bringing a smile to her face. Not only that but you are answering prayers and encouraging her mother and grandmother. Imagine what it is like for them to have a complete stranger love and support their child and bestow such kindness on them! While I do not see any letters on the way from Yusra just yet, I imagine that one will arrive soon. Please confirm whether or not this is your account and I will see how we can assist you further.
Susan knows about your child because she has access to her basic biography which states her guardians. She also can make an educated guess as to who you sponsor but there could more people with your name or your email address could have been entered slightly different (typo that went unnoticed or such). I can assure you your child is very real and wlonce the letters start to flow hopefully you will find, as I have and many others, that sponsorship ends up blessing you just as much if not more than your sponsored child. My family sponsors several children and we write to about 50 more. These children and young adults are very real. I often get updates on various situations that my kiddos have made me aware of in previous letters. The letter process is slow right now with the bugs in the new system, so it is a test of patience for sure. We have been sponsoring for almost 3 years and even my husband (who was the biggest skeptical) believe in Compassion now. I hope this helps and I pray your skepticism is relieved; I believe waiting for letters is a tool God uses to teach us patience
We mentioned Yusra's mother and grandmother because we have information about the children, such as who their guardians are and whether or not they have siblings. Any parent or guardian is surely going to be happy and encouraged when they see their child thrive and be provided with basic needs, like nutritious meals, and also when they see their child grow into a strong, healthy, and confident young adult who is ready to face the future. Many employees and sponsors alike have visited the centers and met their children, and we can assure you that Yusra is absolutely real and she is benefiting from your sponsorship. We have seen how the Lord uses us to release children from poverty. We even have friends who grew up in poverty, became sponsored children, and now work at Compassion. At this point, I would like to encourage you to pray about this. I completely respect that you have doubts, as I did too when I first started to sponsor. Please know that we are here to answer any of your questions and we are absolutely willing to talk with you about this or any other concern you may have.
As far as those letters, I want to thank you for being such an excellent letter writer! Yusra has actually written three letters to you and you should receive those soon. I apologize that you have had to wait so long, but we are behind in processing the letters in our country offices. Yusra seems just as excited to write to you and hear from you as you are to hear from her!
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