As Vietnam is an ultra-sensitive community, please use great caution when corresponding with your sponsored child.
In Vietnam, it is OK to say things like:
- What are your dreams?
- What are your hobbies?
- What is your favorite subject in school?
- What is the weather like in Vietnam?
- Tell me about your family. For example, how many family members do you have, what do they do for a living, etc?
- Do you help your parents with housework, like cleaning, washing, etc?
- I wish you the best.
- I hope you’re doing well.
- Peace be with you.
It’s good to:
- Remind your sponsored child they are special, loved, and full of potential
- Tell them you care about them and that’s why you’re their sponsor
- Tell your sponsored child about your family and the place you live, or ask about their family and about the place they live
- Ask about food, holidays, culture, weather, and so on
- Ask your sponsored child what they like to do for fun and share some of the things you like to do
- Send photos of yourself and your family. Clothing should be modest.
Please do NOT discuss matters of faith or use terms like Jesus, Christ, Holy Spirit/Ghost, Bible, Bless, Pray/Prayer, Lord, Messiah, Easter, Christmas, etc. Please also avoid other words alluding to Christianity or any other religion. Please do NOT say or ask:
- I attend church
- I read the Bible
- I’m praying for you
- Do you go to church?
- In reference to your own faith:
- I love Jesus
- I have accepted Jesus into my heart and He has blessed me.
- I love reading the Bible and going to church because it helps me grow closer to Jesus
Additionally, in Vietnam it is NOT OK:
- To ask questions about religion or church attendance.
- To draw crosses or other Christian symbols in your letters
- To instruct the child to practice faith by reading the Bible, going to church, or praying
- To mention Jesus in a way that directly relates to the child, such as “Jesus loves you” or “Jesus is watching over you,” or to refer to Jesus as the Messiah or Savior
- To use words that would normally be used in the Christian faith that might be graphic or misunderstood, such as Jesus’ death or Jesus’ blood