It starts conversations about gratitude and generosity.
Often the biggest lessons we teach our children are the ones we model for them, rather than tell them. By modeling what generosity looks like for your kids and allowing them to participate in that generosity firsthand, it’s more likely that the lesson takes root in their minds and hearts.
The same is true for gratitude. Having consistent conversations about your sponsored child, their life, and challenges allow your family the opportunity to be grateful for the blessings that you have in your life.
Displays where your treasure truly is.
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Scripture makes it clear that our treasures are a reflection of what’s in our hearts. By modeling that you and your family value investing in other people and supporting them, it allows you to see where your treasure is. Do you spend your time and energy investing in things that are temporary? Or are you working as a family to make a lasting impact on the world for Christ?
Write letters and build a relationship.
Child sponsorship isn’t just about lessons you can learn or lives you can change in a far-off place. It’s about building relationships. That’s what’s amazing about this opportunity. It brings your family together to build a relationship and see God work in someone else’s life. Take advantage of that and make the relationship a priority. Come together as a family once a month and write a letter to your sponsored child.
- Ask them what they're learning in school
- Tell them about the members of your family
- Ask what activities they enjoy
- Talk about your relationship with Jesus.
These letters are a great way to “show up” for your sponsored child. It’s a simple investment in the relationship that reinforces that they are loved and valuable and encourages their growth.
The Life-Changing Impact of Child Sponsorship
Lives are changed when we imitate Christ and put the needs of others ahead of our own. Psalm 40:17 says, “As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me.” When we were needy and broken, God remembered us and provided for us. What better way to show our gratitude than to do the same for others?