Write Your Child
We are so thankful for our sponsors who graciously and generously give to support vulnerable children who are in need not only physically, but also relationally, spiritually, and emotionally. Writing a letter to your sponsored child is a major means of helping with the relational, emotional, and even spiritual needs of your child – a way you, too, can Make Justice Personal.
Along with fulfilling the needs of your sponsored child, letter writing helps to build a relationship with your child, especially when it is ongoing, consistent, and personal. Through consistent communication, your child gains a friend, someone they know cares about them and is on their side.
Though writing letters to your sponsored child is important, we do understand that it may be challenging to take the time to do so or to even know what to write to your child. We want to help in that process to make it as simple as possible.
What to Say
Whether you are writing your first letter to your sponsored child or you have been writing for years and are looking for some new inspiration, we have some tips on what you can write to your child about.
Letter Writing Ideas and Topics
- Explain something about yourself. This can be something going on in your life or simply talking about your pets. Let them get to know you.
- Try to remember things that your child has said in the past and talk about it/ask them about it.Include photos! Kids love to be able to see you, your family, or whatever other photos you want to include.
- Ask questions. It shows you’re interested in getting to know them better. Here are some questions you could ask:
- What is your favorite subject in school?
- What do you like most about where you live?
- What do you like to do for fun?
Then, as you get to know them better, you can ask deeper and more personal questions, like:
- What have you been learning in church?
- What can I be praying for in your life?
- Why do you love God?
- How have you seen God help you recently?
- Encourage them. Let them know you care about them or are praying for them. This is a good place to include a Bible verse, too.
Say goodbye! Tell them you look forward to hearing from them soon.
How to Send Your Letter
Step 1: Go to https://justiceandmercy.org/ and log in to your account.
This takes you to Step 2: Your home page.
+ Your page should now say “Your profile >> your name”
+ This page also says, “Contact Information”, “Donations”, “Sponsorship(s)”, and “Communications”
+ Under sponsorship(s), you will see a picture of your child.
+ Click on “Email Gabriela”, as pictured
This will take you to another page, Step 3: Send a message to your child.
+ This new page will have an email set up for you to send.
+ Type your message in the box. You may attach a photo, if you wish.
+ Once your email is complete, press “Send Message”
If you want to view messages from your child, click on “Your Inbox” at the top of the screen. This will take you to anything she has sent you and you can reply from there.
The Dos and Don’ts of Letter Writing
- Write often! Make it a goal to write your child once a month or every other month.
- Tell your child about your own life.
- Ask your child questions about their life and where they live.
- Have fun with what you write.
- Be patient with your child. At times, it may take up to 2-3 months to hear from him/her depending on the circumstances.
- Share your faith in Jesus with your child.
- Pray for your child and that the letter will encourage them and draw them closer to God!
- Forget to write your child. Even if it’s once a year, your child would love to hear from you.
- Talk excessively about your material possessions (house, car, etc.).
- Invite your child to visit you or even ask what they would like as a gift from you.
- Use slang that may be hard for translators to translate and retain the same meaning.
- Give up writing to your child, even if you don’t hear from them for a couple months.
Here are two examples of letters that a sponsor may send to his/her sponsored child:
I am so excited to hear from you! I’m so glad you are doing well, and it’s great to hear about your friends, what you are learning in school, and what you like to do in your free time. I also like to spend time with friends and read! What is your favorite book to read? My favorite is the Bible or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
What are you doing for summer vacation? Do you have any plans? I am planning on going to visit my cousins this summer. I have not seen them since last year, so I am very excited to see them. I also have some fun news – I got a new dog last week! His name is Jack, and he is so cute. I have a picture of him at the bottom of this message. Do you like dogs? What is your favorite animal?
I look forward to hearing from you soon. I am praying for you, and I wanted to share a Bible verse with you that I read this morning.
“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8
Talk to you soon!
Here’s a picture of my siblings and I at my graduation. There’s Taylor (my oldest brother), me, Alexis (my sister-in-law), and Spencer (my middle brother). I am the youngest in my family! Taylor is a teacher, Alexis is a nurse, and Spencer works in business.
Do you have siblings?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I send a package to my sponsored child?
How often should I write my child?
You are welcome to write your child as often as you would like, but we recommend once a month. Writing in the first 10 days of the months makes it easier for our staff on the ground to deliver your letter that same month.
Can I include my contact information in my letter?
We recommend that you keep contact limited to the JMI letter writing system. Some older kids may have social media pages; you may connect with them there but we ask that if you run into anything troublesome, you make JMI staff aware. Some sponsors prefer to keep all communication restricted to the JMI site for their own protection.
How can I know that my child received my letter?
You can expect to receive a response within a month or so, depending on when you write. Writing in the first 10 days of the months makes it easier for our staff on the ground to deliver your letter that same month.
Where can I get more information about my child?
Biographical, family, and other information about your child can be found, along with photos, on your child’s JMI profile. If there is something specific you’re looking to know, we encourage you to ask those questions in your letter writing!
When will I get a response from my child?
Response times can vary due to the visiting schedule of our in-country staff in Moldova, but you should expect one letter each month from your child! It really helps our staff if you are able to write your letters before the 10th of each month — this allows them to deliver that letter within the same month, at the next visit to your child’s village or orphanage.