Program suspended due to "religious sensitivities," topics to avoid in letters?

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I recently received a letter from Compassion regarding the child we are sponsoring in Bangladesh.  It stated that due to concerns about "religious sensitivity" with the government there, Compassion has had to suspend all activities in the country.  We were advised to continue writing to our child, but elsewhere in the letter, it said to "use discretion in your communications" in order to protect the children, their families, staff & church leaders.  What are we to avoid saying in our letters?  Can I make references to Jesus, stories in the Bible, and promote Christianity?  Will Compassion Staff be reviewing letters for any "sensitive" topics?  Will I be notified if a letter contained something that should have been avoided?  Thank you!
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Christina

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Laura Allen

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Yes, I wondered some of the same things that Christina has asked, as well as if it is okay to say something in the letter about the fact that we are praying for them and hope that their program activities will resume soon.  Is that okay, or should we not make any references to the issue at all in our letters?  Thank you!
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Kristine Wilhelm

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I thought Compassion meant our communications on social media with our friends and families, not with our sponsored child. Now I am confussed and curiously awaiting Compassions reply to this question.
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Kristine Wilhelm

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I also thought the religious sensitivities were in reference to what was being taught at the Centers, not our personal letters. I actually mailed a letter today to my child saying I was very sad to hear he couldn't attend the Project and that I was praying that by the time he got my letter he was already able to go again. I also added a scripture on not being anxious. Did not go into any more detail than that. I guess I will find out soon if that was ok or not.
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I also read the letter as asking us sponsors to use discretion when posting on Facebook and other social media sites.
Compassion and country staff do screen letters to make sure that the topics and communication are appropriate for the children in the centers. I would imagine you would hear from the Colorado staff if they flagged something as inappropriate. If the country office flags it due to cultural differences, I don't know if you would hear about it.
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Hi everyone! We appreciate the concern you have for your children in Bangladesh. Please understand that this site is public and because of the sensitivity of this issue, I am sending each of you an email further elaborating on this inquiry. For the safety of our children and staff we ask that you refrain from posting further in this discussion and send an email to socialmedia@compassion.com with additional questions or concerns you might have :). 
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Very sorry.  I did not realize this was public.  I thought this was a chat room just for Compassion sponsors.  
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Could you please send me the email as well Emily?
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Emily

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Hi Anna! I sure can :). It's on its way to you. 

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