Writing to your student at least a couple times a year means the world to them!
When you write to the student you sponsor, he/she will write back to you. As soon as we receive the reply from the student, we will forward it to you.
1. Tell them about yourself & family
Students love to hear about you and your family. Do you have children or grandchildren? How old are they, and what are they studying in school?
Where do you live and what is it like there? (Weather, seasons, activities, etc.)
What do you do on a typical day?
2. Include Photos
Students love seeing photos of their sponsors, and often hold on to them for many years. Be sure to identify who is who and, if your photo includes children, mention their ages.
3. Use clear, simple words and spell them out fully
While LPGM staff in India helps to provide translation, children also enjoy trying to read in English. Use simple vocabulary, and avoid abbreviations. Abbreviations can be confusing to children, especially if they’re in a second language or from a foreign country.
4. Mention Prayers
Students love to hear that you are praying for them and their families. Ask them to pray for you, too! (But please avoid specific commitments that may create unnecessary expectations from your sponsored student.)
Send an Electronic Message to Your Student
Simply complete this online form. You may attach one or two files (such as photos or a scanned letter/card).
Each time you write to the student(s) you sponsor, please begin a new form. That will ensure that you get a reply and we keep our records in good order.
Send a Letter or Postcard
There have been delivery issues with postal mail during COVID-19 times. For quite a while mail to India was suspended. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your mail will arrive at its destination in India.
To help you begin corresponding with your student(s), we have provided a sample letter that includes tips on writing as well as a blank letter template. The template can be completed by typing in the information, saving it with a unique file name and attaching it to an email addressed to: [email protected].
You may also print the template, complete the form by hand, attach a photo and either scan it for email or send via post (see below).
Send only flat envelopes, like a letter or a card. You may include a photograph or two. Considering including other family members or pets or a landmark near the place where you live in a photo – like a corn field, a lake, flowers, a tree or a mountain.
Please do not send cash or gifts directly to your student. A student that receives a lavish gift can be excluded by other students. A large package may not even make it to the LPGM India Office and therefore will not be delivered to your sponsored student. Your sponsorship support is the best way to love, support and encourage the young student.
Address your letter like this:
Student Name/Student ID Number
Post Bag 59
Cuddalore 607 001
TN South India
Use our office as the return address to protect your privacy:
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry
5200 Willson Road, Suite 280
Minneapolis MN 55424
It is best to visit the post office to obtain the correct amount of postage to mail your envelope.
As soon as we receive the reply from the student, we will forward it on to you in the same manner in which you wrote to him/her.
Thank you for writing to your sponsored student!