As a sponsor of a Guatemalan child, your financial provision is essential for helping them get a great education. You can also encourage your child by writing a letter to him or her! Your letters can inspire a child to study harder at school, to be more confident in their relationships, and to draw closer to God.
A recent study, conducted by Compassion International, reported that:
- More than 90 percent of children strongly experience joy, love, encouragement, and a sense of belonging when they receive letters from their sponsors.
- Children who receive letters feel more motivated at school and church activities and they consistently demonstrate generosity, sharing, helpfulness, and a stronger ability to communicate with others.
- Virtually all children who receive sponsor letters keep them forever, regularly reading and rereading them, particularly when they are discouraged.
How to Write a Meaningful Letter
At NDC we bring letters once or twice a year to sponsored children. When we are planning our next trip, we will email each sponsor asking for letters. Deadlines are important, so please send us any letters before the deadline we provide.
You can write your letter in two ways:
- If you want to add a personal touch by handwriting your letter download our letter template here and write in the space on the top half of the page. Then bring your letter to us at the church, scan it and email to email@example.com, or mail it to New Denver Church, 700 Bonnie Brae Blvd, Denver, CO 80209.
- Alternatively, you can write your letter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, child’s name, and your letter content.
If we receive your letter before the deadline, we will translate and deliver it for you. Here are a few tips for writing your letter:
- Keep it simple: 4-8 sentences is a good amount.
- Start with a greeting, then share something about yourself, your family, your church, your job, etc. You could mention a holiday too, like Easter or Christmas. Or talk about a sport or hobby you enjoy. But remember to keep it simple.
- Ask a question about your child if you want.
- Close with an encouragement for them about studying in school, working hard, trusting in God, participating in church, etc. Feel free to add a prayer or Bible verse.
- Also, include a picture or two of yourself, your family, of you and your pet(s); but don’t send any pictures that are overly materialistic (you with your brand new car or huge house). Attach a physical picture to your letter or attach a JPG file to your email.
Note: some have asked if they can send a gift to their child. We discourage this so that children in the school will not compare what they have and have not received from sponsors. If you would like to make a general donation of books or school supplies to the school, we would be more than happy to take your donation with the letter so that all the children can benefit.