One thing that took me by surprise on my Compassion trip to Ecuador was the importance of the letters that sponsors send to the children. In my everyday life, I am bombarded with email, texts, advertisements, and junk mail. But not so in the poor areas of the world where Compassion works. In many villages, there are no mailboxes, no post office, no addresses. No one receives mail. No one travels. Most never go more than a few miles from the place they are born their entire lives.