Though they’ve spent years on TLC’s hit show Little People Big World, Audrey and Jeremy Roloff are paving their own path these days as entrepreneurs for the Kingdom.
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Since founding their ministry, Beating 50 Percent, which aims to help other couples live with an “always more” mindset in their relationships, the Roloffs have been hard at work creating incredible content and strategic tools that have become resources for people and marriages around the world.
Seriously, these two are a force to be reckoned with.
In addition to “Beating 50 Percent,” the power couple also has an “Always More” clothing line, a successful essential oils business, some photography presets, a weekly podcast, and a social media influence of millions.
They’ve released a communication tool called The Marriage Journal, which helps cultivate intentional communication with your partner, and if that wasn’t enough, they also co-wrote a New York Times Bestselling book, A Love Letter Life.
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Though their faith has been the strongest foundation for their life and marriage, one tangible way they’ve found love in their relationships is through the power of letters.
Not only did handwritten letters lead to the principle behind their bestselling book on relationships, but it’s also the subject of a recent interview they did on their “Behind the Scenes” Podcast with a former Compassion International Child.
“Compassion is an organization that works with local churches around the world to sponsor children in need,” Audrey says at the beginning of the podcast. “One of the unique things they offer is this letter writing system where you can write letters back and forth with the child that you’re sponsoring. And you guys know how much we love letters, so it is no surprise that we are big fans of Compassion!”
Throughout her childhood, Audrey’s parents financially supported two children in need through Compassion, and Audrey and her sister did the letter-writing.
“[It’s] really cool that my parents empowered my sister and I to do that from a young age,” Audrey says of writing letters to somebody that she didn’t know, adding that as an adult, it’s incredible to see the impact of what they were doing, and what their parents allowed them to be a part of.
“It’s really cool because we’re big letter people and we totally believe that love shows up through its efforts, and letters is one specific way that you can really show care meaning to another person,” Jeremy says. “I think that’s a really cool thing that specifically Compassion allows people to do, is write letters to their sponsored children.”
“Money,” he continues, “yes, it’s extremely useful and helpful, and it goes a certain distance, and then I think it’s the actual relationship that carries things across the finish line, specifically in the kingdom of God.”
“That’s kind of a distinguishing identity of Christianity is that we actually have a relationship with the almighty creator God,” he says. “And so I think relationship is super important and letters go a long way to convey a lot of love and compassion, pun intended.”
Their book, A Love Letter Life, gives readers a glimpse into how letters and the power of words in a relationship have impacted their marriage and the relationships around them. But in a recent interview with former Compassion child, Kiwi, the Roloffs and their listeners got to hear first-hand how letters have made an enormous impact on someone else’s life.
Kiwi became a Compassion child in the Philippines when she was just seven years old. She received a letter from a man, her sponsor, in Australia.
When she sat down in the studio with Audrey and Jeremy, Kiwi brought a journal full of the letters that she had received over the years from her sponsor, from the age of 7 all the way up until she graduated Compassion’s program.
The very first letter she received struck her because it was the first time in her life she had ever been called “pretty.”
“My parents didn’t even tell me that, she says, nobody told me that. But this person, he didn’t even see me, he just saw a picture of a kid, and told me that I was pretty.”
“Later on, I began to realize, ‘Lord, is this how you see me? That I’m beautiful in your sight?’” she continues. “And in the Bible, it says ‘you are fearfully and wonderfully made.’”
After receiving her first letter, Kiwi says she wrote back but never expected to get a response.
“When you’re in a third-world country, you thought that this first-world country [is just] so far away,” she says. “It’s unreachable, I cannot go there.”
To her surprise, her sponsor and his wife continued to respond and pray for her for more than ten years. And she prayed for them.
“Compassion allows you to really help the cause by investing in the heart, soul, and mind of the kids, simply through letter-writing,” Jeremy says.
It was through the heart-investment from her sponsors in Australia that Kiwi was able to go on and graduate from high school AND college. As she was finishing college, Kiwi had to take an extremely difficult licensure exam to become a physical therapist. Of the 1700 students that took the exam, she aced it and placed tenth overall.
In achieving this incredible accomplishment, Kiwi reflected on her Compassion sponsors. Full of gratitude for their investment in her over the years, she felt a strong desire to meet them. So she prayed and fasted for God to make a way, and wouldn’t you know, we serve a God who is a way maker!
Through circumstances that only the Lord could orchestrate, Kiwi was able to go to Australia and meet her Compassion sponsors.
“It’s so cool to think that one person’s ‘yes,’ that probably seemed so simple to them at the time,” Audrey says, “That seems so small, but the impact that obviously that has had on your life, but not only your life, your family and the culture, and the people in the Philippines.”
Today, Kiwi lives in Dallas, Texas, where she is a physical therapist. She’s been married to her husband, an executive chef, for seven years.
“Imagine, I was hungry as a kid and now I’m married to a chef,” she laughs. “I will never be hungry again.”
Sitting with Kiwi, Audrey and Jeremy say it’s “super powerful” to see the impact that comes from the relationships, not just the money that is given. And that’s what Compassion does so uniquely well.
“I’m sitting here teary-eyed, and there’s not a single person I know that isn’t capable of making this impact and this difference,” Jeremy says.
“It’s free to encourage someone, but it can be of infinite worth to the person who is receiving it,” Audrey echoes.
Kiwi, who now supports her own Compassion child and sends letters regularly, says “God has blessed us to be a blessing to other people.”
The 44-minute podcast is beyond inspiring—listening to Kiwi’s experiences growing up and how the simple act of receiving letters from a stranger who cared, LITERALLY changed the trajectory of her entire life. It shaped her faith, cultivated her relationship with the Lord, and ultimately led her to a place of being “immeasurably, and exceedingly blessed.”
Catch the full podcast here, or wherever you listen to podcasts, and pray today about supporting a Compassion child. It’s one of the simplest and most powerful investments you could ever make.