FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I write a letter to my child?
We have tried to make the process as easy as possible for you to correspond with your child. Just follow these simple guidelines below to ensure your letters reach you child in a timely fashion.
Write SERVANTS HEART MINISTRY’S address on the front of the envelope.
Servants Heart Ministry
c/o Child Sponsor Letter
P.O. Box 681441
Franklin, TN 37068
On the back of the envelope, write your name and return address on the flap, then write your sponsored child’s name and ID number at the bottom.
At the top of your letter, write your child’s name and ID number. Please do not include your address as this may cause confusion. Your child will write back through their local SHM office.
How do I send an email to my child?
Another way to correspond with your child is to send them an email. We provide this option as a convenience so that writing to your child more frequently will be as easy as sending an email. While this method will give you more flexibility, please bear in mind that many areas do not have internet, therefore, a printed copy of your email will be delivered to the appropriate location by SHM volunteers. Although your sponsored child will not be able to respond via email, letters from sponsors are always a source of joy and encouragement.
To send an email message, collect the following information: your Servants Heart account number, child ID number, child’s full name, and click below to send your message and we will print your message on our child friendly letterhead and it will be sent to your child.
What should I tell my sponsored child?
The best way to support and build a relationship with your child is to exchange letters with each other. This section will give you helpful tips and important information about communicating with your sponsored child.
Learning about you and your family is exciting. Simple one-page letters are perfect. Please consider the child’s environment and culture when deciding what to include in your letters. These children have very few possessions, so it’s best not to write about material items you own. Rather, share about your family members, your friends, things that are important to you. Children love to hear about sports and activities that interest you. Maybe your child will be interested in the same things as you. In general, try to talk about things that you feel the child can relate to.
What kinds of questions should I ask my child?
In order for you to get to know your child you can start with simple questions. Ask them about their favorite sports, foods, activities and school subjects. You can even ask about their family and friends in order to really connect with your child and learn their amazing story.
In addition, discovering a new part of the world through the mind of a child can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Find out about their country, what type of community they live in and what are some of the culture aspects of their region. Remember, try to keep the questions simple and to the point but ask as many you like. The more questions you ask the better you will get to know your child.
By asking questions about their life, it makes them feel special and loved. They discover that someone far away really cares about them.
What else can I do for my child?
Praying for your sponsored child, his or her family, and the community are a vital link to the sponsorship process. Through prayer we can accomplish anything. Pray for God’s protection and blessings for your child. You can also pray that he or she will experience God’s love, be healthy, and do well in school.
It is important to us that the children, along with their families and communities, understand that we are compelled by our faith in Jesus to serve them and that all the glory belongs to God. As your relationship grows with your child please begin to pray for more specific needs. We always seek prayers over this ministry and people that lead it. That we emulate a Christ-like attitude, honor God and act in manner that is pleasing to him.
Can I give additional money to help my child?
Absolutely, from time to time you may decide that you would like to send additional financial support above the normal sponsorship amount.
This can be done online or through the mail. Please make sure to notate that this gift is above and beyond your sponsorship. This gift will then be forwarded to the field office where the sponsored child resides. SHM staff will work with the family and local pastor to decide what needs would best be met with this gift.
Items will be purchased locally and may include: school supplies, farm animals, household items, hygiene products or toys. We respectfully ask that these extra gifts be a minimum of $100 so that we can respect our field staff’s time and efficiency.
What will I get once I sponsor a child?
First and foremost, you will get the satisfaction and joy that comes with changing someones life. The benefits that you will receive will be just as profound as the benefits your child will receive; however, once you sponsor a child you, should expect to receive a Welcome Kit and a picture of your child within 15 days. We will also provide you with updates on your child and send you an updated picture yearly.
Will I receive a letter from my child?
Yes, you should receive the first letter from your sponsored child within 6 months after beginning your sponsorship.
How often will I receive letters from my child?
Your diligence and initiative in corresponding with your sponsored child greatly effects the number of letters you will receive from your child. Your sponsored child will attempt to respond to all your letters; however, due to remote locations, translations, and inadequate postal services, communication will be harder for the child than for you. It’s common for a reply to take up to three to four months. Please continue to write to your child even if you have not received a reply and know that your words and photos are a great source of encouragement for the child.
It is common that letters will need to be translated, in this instance you will receive the child’s original letter as well as a translation from a SHM staff member.
What if my child is too young or is unable to write?
Don’t worry, If your child is not old enough to write or is unable to write, we will have a Servants Heart volunteer or staff member assist them with their letters. If the child receives assistance it will be notated on the letter.
Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
Give a child hope for the future — and for all eternity.