Template Thursday: An Olympic Letter

I’m continuing my series of copy-able letters to sponsored children. To read more about this series, click here. To view other templates, click the “Sponsor Letter Templates” link under the main blog header (or here, if reading in a feed). Want to pin this template to Pinterest? just use the “pin-it” button at the bottom of this post. Easy Peazy!

Alright, you know I’m going to have to contribute my thoughts on the Olympics, right? I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the edge of my seat  this week! Did you see the FabFive with their gymnastics routines? (the gymnasts are always my favorite to watch, that balance beam? those uneven bars? and the rings, don’t get me started on the rings – I could sit and watch in awe all day!) And Phelps? 19 20 medals and counting – how awesome is that?! And then there’s Missy Franklin, the 17 year-old whose infectious smile and attitude light up the entire pool and bring joy to her hometown of Aurora, CO when they desperately need it. But you know, the FabFive, Phelps, and Franklin each faced early disappointments, heartbreak, and hurt – hurt the media made them face over and over again. Yet, despite the everything, they each rallied and worked with harder determination to meet their golden goals.

Reminds me of 1 Corinthians 9:24:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Run to get the prize – give it all you’ve got – Go for the Gold! What a great reminder for us, and for our Sponsored Children.

The other thing the FabFive, Michael Phelps, and Missy Franklin have in common? A strong support system behind them – parents, friends, entire nations send love and support to these athletes. (if you haven’t seen the video of Aly Raisman’s parents watching her preform on the uneven bars, or Michael Phelp’s mother and sister cheering him on – you should take a couple of minutes to check them out… if you can find them, they’ve been removed from youtube… anyway, – you’ll see complete and utter love and support in action.)

Are they not a wonderful representation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11:

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

It got me thinking, since I haven’t gotten any letters from my sponsored kids this past week – I thought we might be overdue for a new letter template.

So in keeping with the Olympic theme, here’s your chance to encourage your kids to “Go for the Gold!”

If you do not have a free scribd account, and do not want to create one, you can view the template here on Google Docs.

*Ideally, you should mail letters to your Compassion Sponsored children 2-3 months in advance of a holiday/event – I realize this template is a bit late, but I also think that it’s fun to send letters in “real time,” too. Either way, you kids will love to hear from you – even if the letter is late (it won’t be late to them – it will be right on time, because it comes from you).

**Also, please note that I do not encourage you to abandon letter-writing and just send these templates. Instead, these are meant to be used as a guide in building your relationship with your sponsored kids. As you learn more about your child, it should become easier to write them without using the templates. Hopefully, these templates can be helpful in ‘kick-starting’ relationships or  sending short notes when you’re pressed for time or when your brain is tired.

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