What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human handclasp. ~Author Unknown
The mail enables communication down the road, across the country, and even around the world. The child sponsorship program recognizes the importance of conveying a warm handclasp and even a big bear hug across the seas! This is why sending "snail mail" from the sponsored child to the sponsor and vice versa is so important.
Darlene Winn, a missionary serving in the BHM child sponsorship office said, "Sending letters between the child and sponsor allows the child to become a real person to the sponsor as well as the sponsor to the child. The child is encouraged and knows someone is interested in their education, and cares about them and their family. The correspondence between the two reminds the sponsor to continue to give but more importantly encourages the child to stay in school because they know someone cares."
The communication allows the child to know that not only does someone care about their future but they care about their today as well. The child sponsorship office at BHM provides a variety of ways for sponsors to send their hugs across the ocean.
"We send out reminders to the sponsors about birthdays, Christmas cards, and we provide the sponsors with a progress report from the child in the spring so they can know how to congratulate or encourage their child." said Darlene.
Sponsors are encouraged to write letters and send small gifts that can fit in envelops to their children. When a child receives a special surprise from their sponsor they are encouraged to write their sponsor as well as draw a picture for them.
Below, a little girl was working hard on a thank you letter.
Her mother sat off to the side excited about the gifts her child received and thankful for this special connection with their new friends. The impact of sponsoring a child not only influences the child but also affects the entire family.
If you are currently sponsoring a child from BHM we would love to hear from you. Let us know your favorite thing about sponsoring a child. It is truly a blessing to see the impact on these children because of the generous donations. For more information on the child sponsorship program please visit our website at www.bhm.org.