The 41st President sponsored a seven-year-old boy in the Philippines for ten years with a pseudonym that revealed the non-profit organization that linked them.
The Bush family was not available to comment on the letters, but Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the office of George H. W. Bush, confirmed the authenticity of the letters.
When the sponsorship began, Bush immediately wrote to the boy. In his first letter of January 24, 2002, he said he loved Timothy from the beginning.
I would like to be your new pen pal.
I am an old man, 77 years old, but I love children, and though we do I have not met you yet, I love you already.
I live in Texas ̵
How It all started
Bush came up with the idea of sponsoring a child in 2001 when he attended a Christmas concert in Washington.
"Because the musicians were mostly Christians, they believed in our mission," said Wess Stafford, former president of Compassion International, to CNN. "During the break," they told the audience about us and asked them if they would sponsor a child, "he said.
" Suddenly, Mr. Bush, sitting just a few rows behind, was raised in safety, he raised the hand and asked for a leaflet. "
According to Stafford, his security team was alarmed because they had no idea what exactly was in the leaflet or whether the information had been spotted on it for authenticity." But Bush did not stop there.
"His supreme security shouted He said to me, "This does not surprise me when he comes from him, but if he will sponsor this child, we have to make sure the boy does not know who his sponsor is." So he signed all his letters to Timothy as "George Walker," said Stafford.
Bush's security team was concerned primarily with Timothy's security, Stafford said, not wanting him to be targeted when people found out the boy was with a former US president
Keeping the secret was not an easy task He was responsible for checking every letter – and Bush did not make his job easy, he said, as e He started to provide more information than he should.
"His letters were the sweetest, most spirited letters I've read from every sponsor, but he kept giving clues as to who he might be," Stafford said. "He really pushed the envelope."
His first vulnerability: He shared a picture of his dog.
"Here is a picture of our dog," he wrote . "Her name is Sadie, she has met many famous people."
"She is a very good dog, she was born in England, she catches mice and chipmunks and runs like the wind, G. Walker."
He also mentioned that he was famous enough to be invited to the White House for Christmas.
I love this picture of you holding this" World Time "gadget I've also learned that you play the guitar – terrific!
Timothy, have you ever heard of the White House? Here lives the President of the USA.
I could go to White House at Christmas time. Here's a little booklet, which I got in the White House in Washington. "
Although sending gifts was not allowed, Bush sent them anyway, especially when he found out that Timothy loved to draw and paint.
"Timothy sent him hand drawings and told the President how much he liked art, he sent colored pencils, sketch pads, and paint," Stafford said. "I waited for my staff to go to the Philippines to send with them, and then took him to the church that Timothy was part of so he could collect his presents."
In one of the letters, Timothy Bush thanked him for not forgetting him.
"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Walker,
How are you? I hope you are in good condition.
I would like to thank you Forget me not, you are so kind and good.
God is so good to us, he gives us the body and the will to get where we want to go.  Thank you very much for the book, I like it a lot. "
Timothy finds out
Fortunately, Timothy never picked up the clues in Bush's letters and only found out who his sponsor was after completing the program ,
"After a while, my assistant, Angie Lathrop, took over the sponsorship, and after Timothy graduated at 17, she flew to the Philippines to meet him," said Stafford. "Then she told him who his sponsor really was."
Timothy was stunned, Stafford said. He really could not believe that the man to whom he had written letters was once the president of a nation.
Stafford said Timothy told Lathrop he had no idea and revelation changed life.
This was the last time the non-profit organization heard of Timothy, despite efforts to find him, Stafford said.
Compassion International works with partnerships with over 7,000 local churches in 25 countries around the world whose primary goal is funding early education, helping expectant mothers in need and encouraging people in poor communities to achieve greatness.
People can sponsor expectant mothers, newly born mothers, and children over the age of four, Stafford said.
"We may not know where Timothy is, but we know he's leading a successful life now," Stafford said. "Sponsorship of a child, even if it is still in the womb, can encourage them and make them become great people."