Letter arrival times?

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I wanted to see if anyone could give me an approximation or general timeline of how long it's taking our sponsored kids to receive letters from the sponsors since the new system started up? I'm trying to time my letter so that my child receives it in time for his birthday.
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Jennifer Shepard

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heather o

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Hi, Jennifer! Thank you so much for blessing your sponsored child with letters. I am a sponsor too, but hopefully cam help you some. Due to some issues with the new system it is still taking around three months for letters to travel to and from our kiddos. I know Compassion is working hard to fix the bugs; but for now letters are still on the old schedule. God bless!
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Jennifer Shepard

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Heather, thank you for the response. I'm sad to hear it's still taking so long however I know that any new process takes time to become fully functional. I suppose I will be sending a belated birthday letter instead....(sigh). Thanks again!
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heather o

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Your welcome, Jennifer! I have noticed some that letters seem to be moving through faster than others. Maybe your birthday letter will move through more quickly than expected! With God all things are possible! God bless!
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Hello! I am also wondering, do our letters necesaarily arrive to our kids "in order?" I ask this because my correspondent child, Palolong's, mother is very communicative and responsive to specific things I write in each letter. I received a beautiful letter which I am very thankful for, from her today and it did reference a letter I wrote dated 2/18, but not a letter I wrote dated 2/16. Of course, she is entitled to respond or not respond to whichever letters she wants. I am not bothered at all by the contents of the letter she sent to me. I am only being a bit paranoid that I shouldn't have sent the 2/16 letter. You see, at the time I was facing some housing difficulties and I asked for their prayers that God would help me find new housing. I also mentioned a health issue I have which makes my hair grow out, and I mentioned that I wear wigs because I did not want the family to be cinfused when I send pictures of my hair looking different every month! At the time it seemed like a good idea to write the letter because I was struggling and I wanted to be transparent and share my life and prayer requests with this family. But immediately after I sent it I began to worry the letter may be oversharing, inappropriate, insensitive, or a bit of a cultural faux pas. However, I trusted that if it was inappropriate, Compassion would pull it before it could be sent. I do regret that letter, and I guess I am just wondering if the mother did not mention the contents of that letter because it was inappropriate and offended her (she responded to literally every other letter written within the same time frame), or if it is possible this letter was delivered to her after the 2/18 letter even though I sent the 2/16 letter first. I am sorry for this long and paranoid explanation. I just feel bad that I may have done something I shouldn't have. I am still learning. May God have grace on all of us sponsors as we learn and grow!
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Rebekah, I am so sorry to hear that you are having housing and health issues right now and that it sounds like these things are causing you quite a bit of shame. I understand that it can be tough to know who safe people are to be vulnerable with. That said, I do want to encourage you that I am certain that your kiddo and his mother are more than happy to pray for you and were not offended by what you shared. She may have either received the letter out of order as you said or she may not have known how to speak into such issues. You are right that if something would be deemed inappropriate we will take it out to the line. That is why we review letters in both the US and our field countries. From your description, there was nothing that would be inappropriate in my opinion. Grace and peace to you! :) 
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Thank you!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Letter Writing Delivery Time.

Hi,

I became a correspondent for a child about two weeks ago. I would like to know if my recent two letters to her was delivered to the field office. How long will it take for my letters to be delivered to her? I am currently on the waiting list for a second correspondent child. How long will it be before a child is assigned to me? I would also like to try and become a correspondent for a girl I was suppose to sponsor, but I had to cancel my sponsorship. I was wondering if she has a sponsor yet. If she does and they are not writing her letters, I would like to become her correspondent
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Hi Grace! Thank you so much for writing two letters to your correspondent child already! She will be so thrilled to read your encouraging words :). Both letters have been processed and printed out at our country office in Guatemala. As staff from the projects typically retrieve letters from the country office about once a month, she will receive your letter within the next month if the project staff member hasn't picked up the letter already. I can't give you an estimated timeline for how long it will take for you to receive your second correspondent child. The timeline is dependent upon how many other sponsors are on the waiting list at the time, how specific your request is, and how many children we have available as well. Vegui doesn't yet have a sponsor. We can make notes that you would like to be her correspondent should the need ever arise, but we cannot guarantee that will happen.
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Hi! Thank you! Can you let me know when I have a letter on the way?
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Hi Grace! I am so sorry, but we will not be able to let you know when a letter is on the way, as this would require us checking your account periodically to see this. However, when you have a letter waiting, you will receive an email notification automatically letting you know! :)
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