50 Letter Writing Prompts

Teacher helping small boy
Photo Courtesy Compassion International

At Grace Point, many of us sponsor children through Compassion International. Some of us just started sponsoring a child and some of us have been sponsoring children for much longer. While sending in our $38/month is nice, it is the relationships we build with these children that matters most. These relationships are built on the regular writing and receiving of letters to/from our sponsored children and prayer.

Whether you handwrite your letters, use the Compassion mobile app, or send them online, writing a letter can be difficult when you don’t know much about the other person. Below are 50 letter-writing prompts to get you started!

Letter-Writing Prompts About Your Childhood

  1. What activities did you enjoy as a child?
  2. Who was your favorite teacher? What was the teacher like?
  3. Whom did you admire as you were growing up? Why?
  4. How did you get your name? What does it mean?
  5. Did you grow up in church? How did you come to know Jesus?
  6. What was a challenge you had to overcome as a child or teenager?
  7. What was your favorite part of school?
  8. What was your least favorite part of school?
  9. What happened during a typical school day?
  10. What was your first job like?
A Lifetime Treasure
Photo Courtesy of Compassion International

Letter-Writing Prompts About Your Life Today

  1. What is your typical day like now?
  2. What do you do at church/work/school?
  3. What do you like most about your hometown?
  4. What are some interesting facts about your state/province/region?
  5. How do you relax?
  6. What’s your favorite holiday? How would you describe the sights, sounds, smells, tastes of that holiday?
  7. What’s your biggest challenge at the moment?
  8. What other human understands you better than anyone else? How did you come to know this person?
  9. What are you learning right now?
  10. What’s one of your favorite Bible stories or passages? Why?

Letter-Writing Prompts About Your Family

  1. What are your closest family members like?
  2. What happens when your extended family gets together?
  3. What do you believe is God’s purpose for your family?
  4. What is your biggest challenge as a family?
  5. How has God been faithful to your family?
  6. What prayers has God answered in your family?
  7. Who else in your family knows Jesus? How did they come to know Him
  8. What’s your favorite thing about your family?
  9. In what way does your family work together best?
  10. What role has your family played in your faith journey?

Letter-Writing Prompts About Your Spiritual Life

  1. How has God recently answered your prayer?
  2. How have you sensed God’s leading at different points of your life?
  3. Who is your spiritual role model?
  4. When have you needed to repent?
  5. How has God comforted you in trouble?
  6. Why do you love God?
  7. How did you become involved in your local church?
  8. What do you believe are some of God’s purposes for your life?
  9. What was the latest sermon you heard or class study about? How has it impacted you?
  10. What is a challenge in your relationship with God?

Letter-Writing Prompts About Your Local Church

  1. How would you describe your pastor?
  2. What do you like about your local church?
  3. What role do you play in your local church?
  4. How do you use your gifts, skills and passions in your church?
  5. Who is your best friend at church and how did you become friends?
  6. Why is your local church important to you?
  7. How is your church active in the community and world?
  8. How does being a part of the church challenge you?
  9. How do you know God wants you to be part of this church?
  10. How did God lead you into ministry within your local church?

From Compassion’s website: http://www.compassion.com/letter-writing/letter-writing-prompts.htm