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So, you’re a sponsor. You give whole-heartedly to change the lives of the kids, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your love and generosity. But ask yourself, when was the last time I wrote a letter to my child?

Despite the essential monetary contributions our kids receive on a monthly basis, many kids go without ever hearing from their sponsor. We understand that life here is chaotic, and writing to your child in Egypt may not be a top priority in the hustle and bustle. You may also want to but just aren’t sure where to begin or what to say. But please know that writing to your sponsored children is a beautiful part of the sponsorship relationship! Correspondence builds a bond between a sponsor and a child that encourages the child to succeed by showing him or her that someone overseas cares enough about his/her success to invest time and attention in them. That’s why we ask you to please consider writing to your child at least once a year. You’ll never know the real impact your simple message can have on them!

But we know. Trust us.

In fact, we’ve been to the field in Egypt and visited many of the children in their homes and heard first-hand from children who received letters from their sponsors how encouraged and inspired they were. We also heard the sadness in some of the children’s voices—children who live in the same households—who did not receive letters from their sponsor and wondered why their sponsor hadn’t sent them a letter or card when their brother or sister’s sponsor had.

I had the pleasure of visiting my child this past January in her home during my trip to Egypt. I was surprised when she took me into her bedroom and showed me all the letters and cards she had saved that she had received from me over the years. She kept them all inside her dresser along with the pictures I sent her. I was truly humbled to learn that they meant that much to her.

So we’ve decided to offer some help to get you started or back on track! We’ve created a few sample templates for you to use on different occasions throughout the year. Check them out below if you’re not sure where to begin. Find the one you like, and simply copy and paste, making sure to personalize it for your sponsored child. It’s that simple 🙂

From here, you’ll be building a closer connection with your child and improving your bond. Before you know it, writing letters will be a joy! If it’s more convenient for you, you can also send an email to your local Coptic Orphans office, and our staff will forward your letter to our Cairo office for translation if needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Intro Letter (Your First Letter to your child):

Dear child name,

I’d like to introduce myself to you! My name is                 and I am so happy to be your sponsor! I live in country where it something descriptive about it. I work/study at school/job. My spouse’s name is               (if applicable) or I have X number of siblings. I enjoy list hobbies/sports/food.

I can’t wait to learn more about you and to exchange letters with you as you grow. I hope we can become great friends and maybe even meet one day!

I’ve included a picture of me  taken in/doing. What do you enjoy doing? I would love to hear more about you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Your Name

                                                                                                                                                                                                    General encouragement:

To my dear child name,

Greetings from your country! Thank you for your beautiful letter. I was so happy to receive it. I’m so proud of you for list something notable they mentioned in their letter. Well done!

I have been reading about the life of name a Bible character in the Bible. Character Name is one of my favorite Bible characters because                              . How awesome is that?! Be encouraged that God is working, too, in your life by say something uplifting or list a promise of God.

What’s your favorite Bible story?

Love,
Your Name

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Back to School:

Dear child name,

How are you? I miss you! I hope you had a great summer. Did you do anything special or different this year? This summer I describe something you did.

I know you’re getting ready for the new school year. I love new beginnings and starting on a new page. It’s very refreshing.

Do you like school? What’s your favorite subject? My favorite subject was list subject but I didn’t really like list subject.

God be with you in your studies as you advance to X Grade. I am praying that this school year is challenging and that you learn a lot but also manageable and that you succeed.

I hope you won’t hesitate to reach out to your Rep Name if you are struggling in any subjects or need some extra guidance or help. He/She is there to encourage you, just like I am, even though many miles away!

I love you!

Love,
Your Name

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Christmas:

Dear child name,

Merry Christmas/Christ is born, Glorify him! I pray you had a blessed Feast of the Nativity. As we reflect on Christ’s birth in a manger, let us remember the things that matter most during this Christmas season and not forget to make room for Him in our hearts.

What do you love most about Christmas ? Share what you love. May you have a blessed new year!

I love and miss you!

Love,
Your Name

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Easter:

Dear child name,

Happy Easter/Christ is Risen, Truly He is Risen! I pray you had a blessed Feast of the Resurrection. As we reflect on Christ’s ultimate love and sacrifice shown on the cross, let us remember to crucify our sins and share in the promise of the new life with our Risen King.

Did you do anything festive this holiday? Share what you did.

I hope you will enjoy the next season of the Holy 50 days and live in Christ’s joy and fullness. Please send your family my regards.

Love,
Your Name

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Birthday:

Dear child name,

Happy Birthday!!! I can’t believe you’re already X years old! What do you plan on doing this year for your birthday? I wish I was there to celebrate with you, but I hope you have a fun time regardless.

I pray that this upcoming year is a joyful one and that God showers you with many blessings. God loves you, and so do I!

Love,
Your Name

 

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