Reason for letters taking 2-3 months?

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I have seen that the letters we write out child take 2-3 months. I spoke to a person at Compassion and the reason for it taking so long was "Because it takes 2-3 months"  I think if I was given a little better answer I wouldn't be asking this question. Out family prayed together to do this and we were so excited to start getting to know Jair. I think it would be better to have known this in advance. We knew that sending physical letter would be 3 months but read it be much faster to send an electronic letter. I am not sure if that would scare  potential sponsors off but it would set realistic expectations. Sorry for the lengthy message but just a little down that it could 4-6 months before we see anything after we sent our letter.

Thanks so much.
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Jerry Riechert

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Teresa Dawn

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I'm not staff but I hope I can help. 
If this is a financially sponsored child, you should get a first letter within 4 months not 6.  You can inquire at the 4 month mark if you haven't, but you probably will.  After that it's 6 months to inquire BUT the child has a letter writing day every 60 days.  And if you are writing to your child you will start to hear from them approx. every 2 months.  The child writes to you on these letter writing days IF they got a letter from you.  If they didn't, they won't, so then it takes longer. But if you write regularly your child will too and the letters will overlap a bit.  It can take 2-3 months for your letter to reach your child but the one you wrote before will be arriving in that time.  While it takes a little bit for the correspondence to get started, once it does it is much more regular for sure and the 2-3 months is kind of a max.  I write to many kids with Compassion and I've had letters replying to something I wrote 3 weeks after I wrote it and I've received letters on the same day the child wrote it!  (That is rare, but it happens) with the new system in place I'm finding the majority of my kids letters are reaching me about 3 weeks after being written, so while it CAN take 2-3 months and sometimes does, it also can and often does, take less time.  Hope that encourages you a little bit :)
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Jerry Riechert

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Hi Teresa,
Thanks so much for your reply. That is awesome to hear. I admit being disappointed at first primarily because the answer was simply "because". This definitely helps and regardless we are thrilled to be sponsoring a child. We just started a couple of weeks ago.
I hope you have a great day.
Jerry
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Hi Jerry, 
Teresa gave you some awesome details on what you should be able to expect and I truly think I couldn't have put it any better! I did just want to also encourage you that your decision to sponsor Jair has the power to change his life forever. Your letters of encouragement and love will make all the difference. I say this because there will be times when things will be slow and it will take awhile to receive a letter, but remembering that your young man is feeling loved and encouraged by you will make the waiting a little less painful. :) In many cases, a child's sponsor is the very first person to tell them that are loved and worthy. You are making a huge difference in this little ones's life and we just want to thank you for making the decision to sponsor him! May God bless your relationship together! 
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Jerry Riechert

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Hi Shannon,

Thank you for your prompt reply. One thing I can assure you is that we are absolutely thrilled to have Jair in our lives. We look forward to supporting him in whatever way possible for his future. As I said earlier, this came more from the response when I called Compassion. The person was very nice but did not offer anything other than that's the way it is. I think it could be explained in a little more detail which would then reassure people like you and Teresa have done for me.

We a glad to be part of such an awesome group.
Jerry

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