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Hi. I just sponsored another child, and I noticed a writing tip that instructs sponsors to "Be sensitive" about controversial issues such as politics, sexuality, smoking, alcohol, or drugs. (page 10) This tip wasn't included in the booklets that were sent out 3 1/2 years ago.
Does this mean that sponsors should not encourage their child to stay away from things like drugs or alcohol?
Regarding politics, is it ok to mention that we voted that week, or that our country gets a new president every 4 years? I certainly have not discussed who I voted for, just what was going on at the time where I live.
At times there may be a current event from the child's country which is in the news. Is it not ok to share such info with a child?
Also, the new booklet states that Compassion reserves the right to decline to forward any letters, etc. that they view as incompatible with the ministry approach. Does this mean that if a sponsor mentioned one of these items in their letter (not in a 'bad' way, just a 'controversial' topic) that the whole letter would be discarded, not just the 'controversial' part?
Thanks for clarifying. The new booklet I just received is the only place I have seen this mentioned.