For Sponsors

Your Favorite Letters

We asked sponsors the sweetest thing their child has ever written them in a letter. Here are some of the words and phrases that have touched your hearts (or made you giggle):

"I just opened my very first letter today... 'I always love your sweet words and encouragement that you give to me.'" -Nancy, COTN Sponsor

Welcome to the Family!

Sue Trover wanted her surprise to be the highlight of Christmas day. She waited until all eleven grandchildren had opened their gifts. “The timing was important,” she explains.  Then she gathered the whole family and unveiled the biggest gift of the day—their family would be expanding as they welcomed six sponsored children from Children of the Nations’ (COTN) programs in Africa and the Caribbean.  

"With God, There is Always Enough": A Family of Five Takes on One More

"It was the most humbling and honoring experience of our lives."

Tears begin to flow as Danielle Thayer relives one of the most powerful moments in her life. A few months before, she and her husband Bob had stepped out in faith and decided to sponsor a child in the Dominican Republic named Danilo. 

How the Angel and the Bookkeeper Learned to Get Along

I don’t think Perla let go of my hand the entire afternoon. We walked all over the bumpy dirt roads of her neighborhood in the Dominican Republic, with her clinging to my hand and introducing me to her friends, family, and favorite games. She was obviously excited and encouraged that I, her sponsor, had come to visit. 

Can I Pray for You Before You Go Back to America?

On my first trip to Uganda, I got to meet the girl our family sponsors through Children of the Nations (COTN). Her name is Sharon. 

Five Things Your Sponsored Child Wants You to Write

So you sat down to write your sponsored child. You've got your pen, your letter template, and maybe a letter from your child. But when it comes time to write something ... you don't even know where to start. 

Pray for Your Sponsored Child: Ephesians 3:16–19

Do you have a hard time knowing how to pray for your sponsored child? I struggle to pray for people I don't know, so I often don't know how to pray for my sponsored children specifically.

How I Built a Relationship with My Sponsored Child

Each child sponsorship relationship is unique, as every sponsor and child are different. This is the story of how Isaura and I built our relationship through Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsorship.

Three Things Every Sponsor Should Know

It's easy to feel "out of the loop" when you sponsor a child on the other side of the world. You most likely know very little about their culture, daily life, challenges, and thoughts.  With younger children, communication is often difficult. If you're like me, you want to develop a meaningful relationship with your child—but how? 

Confessions of a Distracted Sponsor

I admit it. I'm a distracted sponsor. By "distracted" I mean there are so many pressing needs on my plate that often the last thing I think about is my two kids far away in Africa and the Dominican Republic. By "distracted" I mean there is a great disparity between the number of letters and small gifts I want to send them, and the number that actually make it into the mail.

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