Angeles is 8 and she lives in Peru.
The letter uses the My School template. Angeles is in 2nd grade and she walks to school. Her favorite thing about school is her classmates and her favorite subject is communication. The letter says “Dear Godmother, greetings in the name of Jesus. Thanks for your letters. I am so glad to know about you. Hope to get a pair of boots, a bike, and a big doll. What I love most at school is to learn to read every day and learn the addition. I am happy because Christmas is coming up and it is a special day for me because I will go on vacation. Do your children like studying? Please, pray for me to finish my studies successfully. Blessings, Angeles”
Cristofer is 11 and lives in Peru.
“Dear Alisa, I am happy to write you again and in that way greet you with much affection wishing that you and your family are doing well. My family and I are doing well. Thank you for the letter and picture you sent me, thank you for telling me what you do. I’ve never seen squirrels but I know about a place called Jayanca where there are mango trees and plum trees. People plant yucca and potatoes to eat, there are birds one of them is called hummingbird, I don’t know about other animals that live there in the trees but the people who live there raise cows, pigs, hens, ducks, horses, and many other animals. My mother’s family live in that place. I will study until January. My favorite subject is Math too. In the church, we participated in a talent contest. We did a choreography called “Danza del Arroz” (rice dancing) we disguise as bulls and donkeys and we won the contest and we received as a prize a bingo game and a dinner in a chicken grilled restaurant that will be on Saturday 16th this month. Soon we will celebrate Christmas and we thank Jesus because He was born into the world to save us. I would like you to tell me. What do you do to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I ask you to keep praying for us. I say goodbye with love. Cristofer”
After 6 months of not hearing anything from Finka since her introduction letter, I sent an inquiry. I received a letter, which if you only read the translation, appears to be written by her. But in looking at the written part, I noticed her name mentioned a lot throughout, like it was written in the 3rd person. I pulled up Google translate, which worked well enough to confirm for me that the letter was indeed written by someone else. What didn’t sit well with me was that whoever translated it made it look like they were trying to cover this fact up by changing it to first person, taking liberty to put words in her mouth that weren’t hers. It also does bug me a little that after 6 months of waiting, someone else wrote the letter. Finka’s school performance is above average so I know she’s more than capable. I’m going to wait and see what happens with the next letter (that I hopefully won’t have to wait that long again for). But here is the letter, typed back into 3rd person as it was originally written.
Finka is 15 and lives in Indonesia.
“Peace be with you. Hopefully you and the family are well and blessed. Nice to communicate with you through this letter. Finka has graduated from secondary school and been studying in grade 10 at a high school. In this new school, she has to study harder to achieve her future goal. Would you pray for her family, studies, and future goal? Thank you for supporting her at the project and Compassion until this time. God surely blesses your kindness. What are your current activities? How is the weather there? The weather here is unpredictable; changing a lot. That’s all for today. Thank you. Until next time. Lord Jesus bless you.”
Ingrid is 6 and lives in Guatemala.
The letter uses the My School template. At school, Ingrid learns how to write and sing. At recess time, she likes to play. At break time, she likes to drink juice. The letter says “Ingrid sends you greetings. She wishes you peace and love from God in your life. Ingrid thanks you for the letter and pictures you sent her; she likes them very much. She hopes that you like Guatemala and her Child Development Center. She wishes you could have said hello to each other in person. Her 3 wishes are to have a happy family, more work for her dad, and to visit other countries. Ingrid likes to eat fruits and vegetables. Ingrid says goodbye with a warm hug.”
I’m praying for more work for her father and happiness for her family.
I may or may not have squealed a little when I saw tiny Charles’ adorable face on my account. Charles is my first new child of 2018, as I received him just 3 days into the new year! He is my second child from the Philippines, and I’m very excited about that. He’s 4 years old, the age of my students, which is always fun, because that’s the age I know best!
Since the beginning of December, I kept feeling called to browse through the waiting children on Compassion’s website. I knew that if I was meant to sponsor one, I would know it in my heart. Night after night, I kept feeling called back to browse, but I never felt that calling to sponsor any of the waiting children. I was unsure where God was going with this, but I trusted and obeyed. I saw amazing and wonderful and loving children, but none of them were “mine”. Finally on December 16th (yes it took that many days), I came across Maria, and the feeling was different. I already have two other sponsored children named Maria and I already have two teen boys from Brazil, but I couldn’t pass this girl up. It was God saying “this is the one”.
Literally days before I was going to be making a trip to the home of Mickey, Maria’s Minnie Mouse shirt certainly helped to seal the deal too. I can’t wait to get to know this girl and see God’s plan unfold!
I got some pictures sent to me of Nicholas and Shadia at the Living Life in Abundance Ministry’s Christmas party. It was great to see that the party was such a success, because these kids live in the poorest of poor conditions and any meal is a big deal, let alone a nice one at a party.
Shadia with Santa. She seems a little overwhelmed but happy.
Nicholas with Santa. Poor kid looks scared, but I can’t say I blame him 😉