Sponsors, this is for you!
LETTER WRITING GUIDE
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME WRITING, THANK YOU!
Just as you are interested to know about your child and family, your child is delighted to hear from you. Here are some guidelines to get you started!
The purpose of writing letters to your Zoe child is to provide a consistent source of encouragement that he or she can look back on as they grow up.
We would love for each letter you send or receive to build on each other. For example, you can keep the letters your child writes, and follow up with them based on what they write. Our children would love to provide you with their on personal life updates, as well as hear yours.
End your letter with a couple of open-ended questions for your Zoe child to answer and if possible, include pictures with your letters that show you and your family so our children can grow alongside you all.
You can send as many letters as you’d like to throughout the year. However, please understand that letters are distributed roughly three times per year. Letters can be emailed to the Zoe Children’s Tribe’s Sponsorship coordinator, Lisa Pinkerton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Describe what your life is like. What is your typical day like now? What do you do at church/work/school? What are some interesting facts about your state/region? What do you do for fun? What is your family like? What are some recent changes in your life (workplace, moving, graduations)?
Talk about your spiritual life. This will help shape your Zoe child’s journey as well. How did you become involved in your local church?How has God comforted you in trouble? How has God been faithful in your own life?
Explain how you are impacted by sponsorship. What is your prayer for your Zoe child? How do you remember the child throughout the week or month? What do you appreciate about this child? (Comment on recent letter, the child’s prayers for you, artwork in a letter, smile in the photo, or something else.) How can you encourage your Zoe child?
TOPICS TO AVOID:
The list above is a good starting point for exploring together what you have in common with your Zoe child. There are, however, a few things that might make your sponsored child feel uncomfortable or create expectations that can't be met. These include:
Elaborating on your material possessions (for example, the size of your home or kind of car you drive). This will only accentuate the difference between you and your child.
Suggesting that your sponsored child visit the United States.
Asking the child what they want as a gift from you. The kids are told not to ask for things from you out of respect, so please send any questions about gifts to the Child Sponsorship Coordinator.
Asking the child you sponsor if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend. Children living in the Zoe homes are not allowed to date before college, but more importantly, asking this question could create shame or confusion by implying that they are “supposed” to be dating. Growing spiritually and excelling in school are our two main focuses.