Response to my letters from sponsored child.

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I’ve only heard from Marcos Samuel Sousa Rodrigues once. I’ve written five letters. SN 08983707
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nelson

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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How long have you sponsored them? This is an easy position to get in when you are at the start of sponsoring. You're excited, you want to write, you have things to say!  You should get your first letter (a letter written before the child had a specific sponsor) within the first 4 months of sponsorship. It sounds like you have received that letter.  Then, after the letters you write wend their way through the translation process you will start to get reply letters.  Every two months, in their centers, kids sit down and write a reply to all the letters they have received in the previous two months.  Then it wends its way through the translation process and back to you.

Typically, I get 5-6 letters a year from my kids when I am regularly writing. But that is once the flow is started. It does take time to start.  If you really love to write but can't afford to sponsor more, I'd look into the Correspondent program.  You can write to kids whose sponsors don't want to write and hear back from them as well. It can really help with the wait to be writing to/waiting for replies from more than one kid. And it gives you more kids to love and mentor -- the main downside is that if the financial sponsor of these kids drops them, then you either have to say Good bye or pick up the sponsorship yourself to continue to write.  (I have done this -- picked up the sponsorship of one of my correspondents. But had to let many more go because I could not afford to sponsor them all)

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Hello Nelson! I see that you've been a sponsor to Samuel for about four and a half months :). I am so glad that you have already received his first letter. Rest assured that you will hear from him again soon. The correspondence can take some time to get going, and letters do take time to be processed and delivered to the child. I can see that we have recently printed out stationary for Samuel to write another letter on, which I expect you should receive in the next few months. I fully agree with Sarah's comment above as well! 
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Thank you