How we organize child sponsorship letters {plus win a copy of A Heart That Cares!}

by gidget on November 14, 2013

in advocacy,community,family life,love God + love others

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I so loved reading Courtney’s vision and the heart behind her book A Heart That Cares, which teaches kids about child sponsorship. We’ve loved being involved with Compassion International to sponsor a child. I thought I’d share some details today about the practicalities behind sponsorship (dealing with all the paper involved!), and then I’m going to give you a chance to win a copy of Courtney’s book!

My kids love receiving a new letter from Elian, who lives in Peru (oh, how I would love to visit and meet her someday!), and I didn’t want to just file the letters away or recycle them, because they really are special.┬áIt took me a few years, but I finally found a system that works great for us for organizing, storing and showcasing our child sponsorship letters and information– it’s completely simple– just a binder!

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Gigi glued a photo of Elian to a piece of paper and decorated it, and then we slipped that into the front clear pocket of a 3-ring binder.

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The front inside pocket holds info about Elian’s home country and the basic info we received from Compassion when we first sponsored her.

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Then we hole-punched all her letters and drawings and put extra blank letters in the back for us to write to her. Now the kids can flip through it whenever they want.

We’ve been sponsoring a child for a long time now– first, Sixto from Bolivia from when we first got married, and now Elian (Sixto “graduated” out of the program a bit early).

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And while my kids don’t know any different because we’ve always done it, I love that now they can see a little more of why behind our sponsoring Elian, through Courtney’s book A Heart That Cares. I asked Gigi about Elian after reading the book, and even after two years of writing and receiving letters, she still didn’t get that Elian wasn’t materially blessed like we– so it really opened the door to have some good conversation with her.

They totally love the rhyming story and the pictures, too, and it overall, it really helped them to understand how our sponsorship helps Elian.

If you’d like to win a copy of A Heart That Cares, simply enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

You’ll note that one of the options is to like my Facebook page– well, I just wanted to point out that it’s my NEW Facebook page as I am merging my GGH page with my old Simple Homemade page. Thanks!

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Don’t forget, you can help children in the Philippines by donating to Compassion‘s typhoon relief fund.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel @ Intentionally Simple November 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

I love this binder idea! We currently just file our letters away (I can’t even think about not keeping them!) Putting the letters and pictures in a binder and creating more of a book makes them seem even more special and makes it easy to pull out and share with our little ones. My husband and I were blessed to be able to travel with Compassion to Ethiopia this summer and meet our 2 sponsored children so we have pictures with them! I hope you one day have the opportunity to meet your girl, it is an amazing experience!


Rachel @ Intentionally Simple November 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

Just decided to enter the giveaway too and read the question! :) I’d read this book with my 2 little boys!
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gidget November 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Wow, that’s so awesome that you got to meet them! <3


Christine C November 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

I would keep this book. We plan on sponsoring 2 (hopefully girls) that are our daughter’s ages. I want them to learn about giving and how its a lifestyle. Love the idea of this book!!


Brenda November 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I’d love to share this book with a dear friend who is passionate about sponsoring children!


Laura November 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

We currently sponsor Samuel, almost 14, in Ghana, and Rosiane, 5, in Burkina Faso. My oldest daughter is 3, and I would love to read this to her. We don’t really talk to her at all yet about our sponsored children, and I would like to bring her into the experience.


Beth Gillespie November 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I love this idea, we sponsor Mugusha, a 6 year old boy in Rwanda. Our 6 year old, Joshua, is so faithful at praying for him – he asks me often if Mugusha has enough food and if we can send more money. I have loved seeing his compassion grow! I would love to share this book with Joshua, and our 4 year old Martha.


Libby November 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I would love to read this boom with my kids- our family sponsors two chilcdren with compassion


Kristen M November 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for showing how you organize your binder. We began sponsoring a child this year. I have to admit that even though we give faithfully, we are terrible at building the personal relationship. I’ve been thinking about this lately and would like to be more intentional in 2014. I’d read this book to my 2 year old and invite my 10 and 12 year old to listen too. I’d like to add that I thought it was the coolest thing seeing Compassion and World Vision trucks on the streets doing their thing when I was in Cambodia this past summer.


Catherine Krause November 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Our family sponsors and I never thought of this – great idea. I have been one of your loyal readers from a distance, and excited that you will keep it up here :) As a working mom with 6 kids and a chaotic schedule, your blog entries allow me to slow down and enjoy…..and get ideas of things I can do around the house and with the kids. Thank you for keeping it up!


Jamee November 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I love the idea of creating a binder like this!! Thanks for sharing!


Alexis, Child Sponsorship Coordinator @ HART April 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

We love this idea, thank you so much for sharing! What a thoughtful and creative way to keep your letters. We know how important it is to the children to receive letters, and making it a fun and routine thing to get your own children involved in is just brilliant.


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