Words of encouragement for my children

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What are some things I can write to encourage my sponsored children and help them to understand that God loves them and is always with them no matter what? One of my children lives in Ethiopia where there is drought and famine. I was able to visit her a few years ago and even then they had very little food (mom is widowed). Her family was also Muslim. Another boy I sponsor lives in the area of Mexico where the big earthquake just occurred. He's 14 and struggling with school and friends too. I would love ideas of things to write them, including Bible verses. Thanks!!
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Julie Hungerford

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Hi Julie! This is such a tough question to answer, and I feel that although I am sure I can give some suggestions, other sponsors who are part of this page may be able to give even better ideas and more examples of scripture that may be helpful. 

My first suggestion is to do some searching on Google and find some words of inspiration. Also, pray. Pray that God would allow you to see through the pain and suffering and that he would allow you to find examples of love and encouragement for you children. Ask God to speak through you as you write to your child. 

I did a little digging and I liked this website: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/loss-what-to-say-after-the-flood-earthquake-or-disaster-from.... I really liked that it provides a list of some do's and don't. Again, these are opinions, but they sure helped me! 

One thing I can say is that the majority of children who are in the Compassion program have been through more than we know. They deal with death on a regular basis, lack of healthy food and clean water..., but if you ever get to meet a child in poverty, you will see they are not lacking love and appreciation for what they do have. These kiddos and their families are the strongest people on this earth. God has embodied them with strength that can move mountains, and I often remind my child of that. 

One of my very favorite quotes that I also often share is, "God will never give you anything he knows you can't handle". I also really like,"God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers". 

A few scriptures that I felt may be good ones to share with your kiddos during this time:

God is a truly loving God who is working out a great plan for all humanity (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24).

When all humanity is at last glorified,there will be no more pain, suffering or sorrow (Revelation21:4).
All the sufferings of this brief present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory we will ultimately experience for all eternity to come (
Romans 8:182 Corinthians 4:17-18).

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! Psalm 20:1

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5&6

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psalm 46:1

In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. Psalm 86:7

This God–his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

I also found this site that was very helpful for me to understand why natural disasters happen, and it does reference a lot of scripture. You can view it here:  http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/does-god-send-killer-hurricanes-and-earthquakes

I hope some other people are able to give you ideas and maybe some additional inspiring quotes, but hopefully this will get you started. :)
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Julie, although it doesn't deal specifically with loss, you can send your kids a Father's Love Letter, in over 100 languages. The site is http://www.fathersloveletter.com/languages.html

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