Last week CFCA sponsor Cheri Duchrow shared with us some of her thoughts about writing to her five sponsored friends. She answers the rest of our questions in this blog post.
You have already met some of your friends. How does meeting them face to face enhance your correspondence?
I have met two of the children I sponsor so far and will meet Florence in August.
Meeting them can take your relationship to the next level. It is like when you watch the news and see a story that takes place where you have actually been.
Francini, a child sponsored through CFCA in Costa Rica, reads a letter from her sponsor.
When you visit your child, not only do they have the affirmation that there is a real person behind the letters, but so do all of the other children. To touch and talk with a real live sponsor gives them all a gift.
One girl I sponsored had to travel on a bus for almost 24 hours one way with her mother just to meet me. Her teacher postponed a test for her whole class for three days at school so she could meet me.
Writing a letter is not even close to riding a bus one way for 24 hours. I met one of the mothers who had worked for 10 years, never taking a day of vacation until I came to meet her son.
It humbles you to see the faith and joy they have rising up out of their situations. No longer can you turn a blind eye to what really matters.
What have been the highlights of your correspondence?
Florence is one of my best letter writers. She shares the name of my mother, and that is a God story all in itself how I came to sponsor her.
But I feel she has the same spirit as my mother. At only 9 years old she wants to become a doctor so she can help others like all of the people who have helped her. She has shared scripture with me.
Two children I sponsor are being raised in a single-parent (mother only) home. I have shared with them that I raised my daughter by myself and understand what a single-parent home is like.
I have asked them to pray for me for specific situations in my life. The more often I write I am more likely to get a small gold nugget of new information and not just what they have done at Christmas or Easter!
How do you think your sponsorship experience would be if you did not write?