Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Letter ideas

Been a while since I've written a Compassion post. Do you sponsor a child? Have you written lately? Maybe you're stuck for an idea? Here's a big long list of letter writing prompts I use when I'm stuck. These prompts go both ways: respond to them to give yourself something to write about or use them as questions to find out more about your sponsored child. Of course, try to remember to write with sensitivity to the possible cultural differences and life challenges your sponsored child may be facing.

I can't take any credit for this list. I've compiled it over time by cutting and pasting ideas as I found them on various websites and OurCompassion posts. And I'm sorry to say that I didn't keep track of the authors of these great ideas so I'm unable to give them due praise for their creativity. But thanks to all those dedicated letter writers who been willing to share their good ideas with others!

Compassion Letters Prompt ideas

Does your name have a meaning?

Who is your best friend and why?

If you could invent one thing what would it be?

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?

If you could be an animal what would you be?

What would you like to see that you haven't seen before?

If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be?

What do you want to be most when you grow up?

Do you enjoy sport?

Is there anything that worries you about school?

If you could fly in an aeroplane tomorrow, where would you go?

Who is your hero?

If you were president of your country, what would be the first thing you would do?

What is your favourite time of day?
Who do you most love to spend time with?

What do your brothers’ and sisters’ names mean?

What common sayings are there in your country? What do they mean?

What do you do when you lose a tooth in your country?

What language do you speak at school and at home? How many different languages can you speak?

Have your family always lived where you are now?

Tell an interesting story about something unusual that happened to you. Has something like this ever happened to you?

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen?

Share details about your church: How many people attend? Do you help with any ministries such as Sunday School? What touched you about the most recent sermon? What praise songs do you love and why? Does your church have a music team and what instruments do they play? 

What have your own children learned in Sunday School recently? Do you go to Bible Study or church activities during the week? Does anyone else in your church sponsor through Compassion?? 

Share details about your personal walk in the faith: When and how did you come to the Lord? Do you follow daily devotionals and what things recently touched you? What do you pray about regarding your sponsored child? What prayer requests would you like to share with your child? What problems have you had recently and how has God helped you? Where are you in your personal Bible reading and what verses have meant a lot to you recently? Has God answered a prayer for you recently? 

Share details about your family: Do you have any siblings? Who are the members if your family? What are some favorite family memories? Do you live near any relatives? Have you gone to any family gatherings recently? How does your family celebrate upcoming holidays?

What are the biggest and smallest animals you ever seen?

How did you find out you had a sponsor?

Do the kids always like their sponsor's letters, or do they sometimes think their sponsors write too much?

What are you thankful for today?

What are the best/worst parts of the school holidays?

What is the most unusual thing they have ever eaten?

What days do you attend the project? How far away is the project from your home? How do you get there?

What do you do to get ready for school in the mornings? How far away is school from your home? How do you get there? Do you travel on your own or does someone come with you?

Who is your favourite teacher at school? Why?

What is your school like? How many students attend? How many students in your class? What do you like to do in the playground?

What is your typical day schedule?

What are your goals for the year?

What is the most important thing learned from your parents?

What do you see when you look out of your home?

What is your favourite book or story?

How do you receive my letters?

What motivated you to become a sponsor? Who influenced you in this decision?

What is your favourite Bible story and why?

**Update: seems Compassion was so impressed with my post (cough, cough) that they decided to do one of their own.  Check out the 20 Letter-Writing Prompts from their blog.**


Petrina said...

Thanks for this, I'll be filing it for future use.

Could you do a post sometime on what other things we're allowed to send? One of the forums I went to seemed to have some complicated rules. I'd like to make up a little paper photo album of us to send to R, but I don't know if we can do staples, ribbon etc...

Deb said...

Will do!

Sarah said...

I'll be bookmarking this post. I always seem to run out of ideas for what to write. Thanks for this.

Deb said...

No worries! Glad to share. :)