A Request for Letters From Sponsored Friends
Steve Taylor, St. Jerome Unbound Coordinator
My recent trip to India was eye-openning and a very positive experience; it included seeing the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, visiting our sponsored children and meeting other sponsored children and aging. As for meeting the children and aging, there was continuous appreciation for sponsors and their generous support for their education, well-being and family.
Although not wanting to seem unappreciative, there were numerous requests for us to ask their sponsors to write to them. Frequently, they see other children receive letters and they wonder why they don’t receive any or many letters from their sponsor.
These children have many talents and love to offer, which they would like to share with their sponsors.
One evening, we met 25 CFCA alumni, sponsored children who graduated from college and have successful careers as lawyers, doctors, nurses, software engineers, priests, and many other careers.
Sony, has a master’s degree in nursing and works at a Catholic Nursing College. She is appreciative of her sponsors support but she told me she missed never getting a letter. It could have been an opportunity to share in Sony’s joyful successes.
One family from Wisconsin did share in the journey and joy of their sponsored child. They sponsored Father Sunil for 23 years until the time of his ordination last year, which they attended.
Writing to our sponsored children, Shainna and Anjoe, in the Philippines and Nathasha and Akansha, in India, gives us the opportunity to know how they are doing. In addition, we are able to encourage them and let them know that someone is proud of them and cares about them.
Nathasha’s letters are especially moving as she tells us what the letters mean to her and her family. Here are a few of her comments.
“The letters you send me show how much you are concerned about me and how much you love me. The moment I get a message that I’ve got letters from my sponsors, I start blushing and get excited and am so happy that I run to the CFCA office to get your letter. Your letters make me feel your presence and your beautiful heart touching and humble words filled with love always make me feel that I am a very blessed and lucky to have you as my sponsors.
All the CFCA staff gets surprised to know that my sponsors are so concerned about me that they send so many letters. My family members fight to read your letters first. Dear Jayne and Steve, you and your family members are like a spark in our life which will help me glow throughout.”
“I would like to thank you for the help you are showing towards me. Your help means a lot to me and my family. I promise to do my best so that I make you and your family and my family Very Proud.”
“First of all, I would like to thank you for the beautiful wishes and the greeting cards and letters. We actually enjoy and we always anxiously wait for your letters. It is like a kind of health, energy and encouragement which boosts our feelings. It is a blessing for me to be your sponsored child. You are chosen by God for me. It’s a great pleasure and joy to have your letters often written to me, which makes me feel your presence is with us.”
The extent of the relationship with Nathasha is exceptional due to her maturity and mastery of English but we still write frequently to our children in the Philippines and Taher, who is sponsored by the parish.
There will be great joy for your sponsored friends if you write and I’m certain that joy will be returned to you. Sending an eLetter from the CFCA website is the easiest way to send a letter and you can attach a picture.
If you need a little help getting started or ideas of what to write, please contact me, I would love to help you. It is never too late to begin or to restart writing to your sponsored friends.
Your sponsorship shows you are compassionate, take your compassion to the next level and enjoy a two-way relationship with someone who loves and appreciates you very much.
Let me know if I can help.