Should I have received a letter from my sponsored child by now?

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We began our sponsorship of a boy in Rwanda 7 months ago and have not received a personal letter from him. Should we expect to get something from him soon? We have also sent 2 letters that show in my account but there is no way for me to know whether they have been translated, sent, or if they even made their way to him. I'm hoping someone can help answer these questions. I was hoping for a little more contact with him, and a little disappointed to feel so very disconnected after 7 long months.
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Hi Brook! I’m another sponsor like you, but I just want to thank you or your patience over the last seven months as you’ve waited to hear from your sponsored child. I know that you are excited to get to know more about your sponsored boy, and I understand the disappointment you’re feeling in regards to not having heard from him yet. Normally, a new sponsor should expect to receive an introduction letter within the first four months of sponsoring their child. Compassion is in the process of making some major improvements to the letter delivery system, and there have been some unforeseen difficulties with the implementation, specifically with the translation of the letters, which has caused a bit of a backlog in letters being delivered for many sponsors. I know it’s hard to wait for letters, as I have experienced a slowdown in letters myself in recent months, but I am very excited and optimistic about the communication that we’ll be able to have with our sponsored kids once the new system is fully operational. I just received a letter from one of my sponsored children that was written just a few weeks ago, which is amazingly fast compared to the older system that Compassion is moving away from in which letters normally took between 2-3 months to be delivered. The Compassion staff that monitor this forum do an amazing job replying to sponsors’ concerns and I’m sure they will be able to look into this for you when they are back in the office after the weekend. Thanks again for being awesome and choosing to make a difference in the life of a child and for pouring into him through your letters and encouragement and prayers. I’ve been a sponsor for about two years now and it is such an amazing experience, and it’s worth the wait to be able to be a part of the life these precious kiddos. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Jesus to him. He will be so excited to receive your letters! Have a great rest of your weekend!

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Hi Brook! Adam did an awesome job with explaining why the letters have been taking longer than expected to get between sponsors and their sponsored children. I am so sorry that you have not received Isinginzwe's letter yet! He has written to you, but the letter has been processing for a while. We are sending a request to the office in Rwanda that they speed up the processing for that letter since you have been waiting for more than six months. He has received both of your letters. I'm so sorry that you do not feel connected with him. I definitely know how that feels, as I was recently in the exact same boat with my correspondent child. Thank you so much for continuing to support and write to Isinginzwe even through this long wait period!
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Katherine, Thank you for helping to push the letter though! Unfortunately we have received it and it doesn't have any translation. Is there some way to still have it translated? Thanks for your help.
-Brook
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Brook, I am so sorry about the letter not being translated! There is no translation here on our end either so I am going to contact the Rwanda office and request that they translate it. I am so sorry that you have had to wait so long for this letter! We will send it your way as soon as we receive the translation.
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Mary Blevins Thacker

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Although I am brand new to sponsoring. I think it is important to remember that our connection comes from
God not the letters we do or do not receive from our child. My heart prays for my child daily and her picture is in my windowsill. I just want to squeeze that little one. I truly feel God brought her to our family and she will know that love because God will show it to her. And I already feel her heart loving me before she knows us. God families are instant connections when you focus on God and not the circumstances. I know we are all excited to hear but turning that excitement and disappointment to prayer for your little one will make everything better. It is all about them. Not us. Prayers for all the little ones!
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Brook Magee

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I agree, Mary!

I do feel more speed than every 8 months would be beneficial for developing some sort of relationship. It would definitely help- especially my children -to realize and 'see' that Izzy (as we call our boy) is a real person whose life we are actually connected to and can respond to what we hear from his letters in prayer.

Our disappointment is based on our expectations we had when we became sponsors. If things have changed I think it would be nice to be told that via email, so we don't have to seek out answers.

Believe me, our hearts are in the right place. I'm just troubleshooting what seems to me to be a problem. I was actually just coming on to say that we finally recieved our boy's first letter. However, it was not translated. :(

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