Jacqueline Castiblanco Suarez, who was sponsored through Unbound from the time she was a young girl until she began a career in social work, and Judith Bautista, Unbound’s coordinator in Bogota, Colombia, know a lot about what goes into a good letter. They shared their expertise and gave several tips for writing a letter to your sponsored friend.
Our most recent Twitter chat focused on international travel, and one part of the chat featured packing and traveling tips that any traveler might find useful. Thanks to our chat participants for sharing these helpful tips!
A6 it's a small thing but have a disposable camera with you in case all your hi tech stuff fails and/or you go someplace messy #cfcachat
— Paula Kiger (@biggreenpen) March 19, 2013
@cfca less is more (if you've forgotten it you can always buy it there) but always remember to pack toliet paper! #cfcachat
— Becky Spachek (@RedSpachek) March 19, 2013
A6-Notify bank and credit card co so they don't keep calling you to ask about your charges :-) #cfcachat
— Ashley Shouse (@ashouse_kc) March 19, 2013
- Kleenex (small travel size packets)
- Mosquito repellent
- Head lamp or flash light
- Hand sanitizer gel or hand wipes
- Melatonin capsules (to help regulate sleep while adjusting to new time zones)
- A good book
- Ziploc plastic bags or grocery sized bags (to put wet and/or dirty clothing)
- Nasal spray
- Pillow + extra pillowcase
- Antibiotic like Ciproflaxin
- Walking shoes
- Photocopy of passport
- Gatorade or other energy drink (single serving size packets)
- Vitamin drink mix such as Emergen-C
- Snacks like Cliff bars, trail mix, etc.
- Travel alarm clock
- Ear plugs
Let us know if there’s anything you like to travel with that’s not on the list. Happy traveling!
CFCA sponsor Cheri Duchrow graciously shared with us some of her thoughts about writing to her five sponsored friends. She has a fascinating story, or letter-writing journey, to recount.
How difficult was it to write the first letter?
It used to be that after the first few letters it was difficult to find new things to say. I thought I always had to have something fun and new or wait and send a photo.
But just letting them know you are thinking about them, they are beautiful creations that God loves and you are praying for them is enough.
Like so many things in my life I needed to change my view and attitude and let go of the fear. I find now that I will share ordinary things.
For instance, many places may not have grass like we do so I take a picture of my feet in the grass and then a picture of the lawn mower telling them it is not my favorite job to mow grass, but I like it better than shoveling snow. In the winter they get pictures of snow.
Then I might ask them what are some jobs that they don’t like to do and we will pray for acceptance. I know how much I long to receive one of their letters.
How often do you correspond?
I try to write the children I sponsor every month but on average I would say it is about every 6-8 weeks. To help keep track of what I have written and the questions we have shared over the years I have a little system that works.
I also find that putting my questions for them at the end of the letter helps me to get an answer more often as it is not buried in the letter.