Yesterday we shared some of young Hiwot's story and the letter her sponsor family wrote that meant so much to her.
We loved the letter, too, because we could see Scripture woven through every line. Although they were not direct quotations of Bible passages, the hope and encouragement echoed in these phrases is eternal:
We pray for you and your family that our Lord will keep you safe, healthy, and provide for all of your needs. (Psalm 16, Numbers 6:24-26)
Pray to our Lord for everything so that He will know your heart, and His sweet Spirit will live inside you. (Romans 5:5, Acts 15:8, Romans 15:13, Ephesians 3:17)
Remember that Jesus loved each of us so much that He gave His life for us so that we who believe in Him can live life through Him. (Galatians 2:20, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9)
He knows your heart, Hiwot, so always speak to Him through prayer. (Psalm 139, Romans 8:26-27, Philippians 4:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We hope your studies are going well, and thank you always for your prayers.
In God’s love, Your Sponsors
The love Hiwot's sponsors have for her is clear, and it is infused with Scripture. When we spoke with Hiwot's sponsors, they made it clear that they felt the Holy Spirit had guided them in how they responded to Hiwot -- which is why we see so many biblical truths throughout each line.
Just imagine the confirmation Hiwot would feel as she read her sponsors' words and how they echo what she is learning about God. As she reads the Bible, she could pick up on these themes. God's words are sprinkled throughout her heart and life, reinforced by her sponsor's letter!
The book of Isaiah tells us that God's Word does not return empty -- it will always accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 55:11). The power of God's word in your letters is clear, but what is the best way to use Scripture in your letters?
For the new You Are Loved! postcard, consider including one particular verse for your sponsored child. If you're not sure what to include, pray and ask God to give you a specific verse!
Or, if you'd like some sample prayers, read what other sponsors sent in the first time we asked them to write out prayers for their sponsored children!
We hope these resources help as you write a short, encouraging note on the postcard. If you want to write more, you can attach your own stationery to the card. Just be sure to leave half the space for translation, and to write your child's name and ID on your letter along with your own.
As always, THANK YOU for all you are doing for your sponsored child. You are investing in their life and heart, and it is a tremendous gift. Thank you!