Corresponding with your child

We encourage you to develop a relationship with the child you sponsor by writing them letters. To help get you started and writing regularly, we provide you with the following suggestions.


You can use this GREAT acronym to guide you.

  • G — Greetings

  • R — Remember something your sponsored child wrote to you in a previous letter and build on it.

  • E — Explain something about yourself or your world (see letter-writing suggestions below for ideas).

  • A — Ask your sponsored child a question.

  • T — ’Til next time! Say your goodbyes. This is a great place to share a Bible verse and a word of encouragement.

Letter-Writing Suggestions: Tell About Your Childhood

  • What activities did you enjoy as a child?

  • Who was your favorite teacher? What was the teacher like?

  • Whom did you admire as you were growing up? Why?

  • How did you get your name? What does it mean?

  • What was your favorite part of school?

  • What was your favorite subject in school?

Letter-Writing Suggestions: Tell About Your Life Today

  • What is your typical day like?

  • What do you do at home/work/school?

  • What do you like most about your hometown?

  • What are some interesting facts about your state/province/region?

Letter-Writing Suggestions: Tell About Your Family

  • What are your family members like?

  • What happens when your family gets together?

  • How has God been faithful to your family?

  • What prayers has God answered in your family?

  • What’s your favorite thing about your family?

Letter-Writing Suggestions: Tell About Food

  • What’s your favorite food?

  • How do you prepare one of your favorite meals?

  • Who taught you to cook or who cooks for you now?

  • What role does food play in holidays or celebrations?

  • What’s your favorite holiday food/special food?