Upcoming Conference and Letters from Maria

It’s been awhile since I said I would post the received letters. I went on vacation a couple weeks ago and was very busy with the packing and planning before that, but I guess better late than never!

I also am so excited that I’m going to the Act for Compassion Conference in 2 weeks! When I saw it shared and found out that it’s actually quite close to where I live in the Chicagoland area, I couldn’t believe it! I know it was a sign that I was meant to go, so I registered right away. I can’t wait, because I know it’ll be an amazing and powerful weekend, filled with people with the same values and passions as mine.

I’m going to share the letters I’ve received so far from Maria first. Maria is the child I sponsor through World Vision, and I have to say, I receive far more letters from her than my Compassion kiddos. Since I started sponsoring her in November, I’ve already received 6. The first 2 came a day apart, and the last 2 came together on the same day- that was such an exciting surprise! I absolutely adore how she traces her hand on each letter. I can hold my hand up to hers and pray for her. And I hope as she gets bigger, she’ll still do it and I can see her growth. It’s such a sweet, personal touch.

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Letter 1:

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Translation: Hello! This is Maria. I like to paint and to play at school. I am the flag bearer of my class color guard. I will attend elementary school soon. How are you? Are you fine? I hope you continue writing to me. I say goodbye. See you soon! I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (My mother helped me write this letter.)

Letter 2:

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Translation: Hi, I got your letter. My favorite color is blue. I go to church on Sundays too. I am happy because I got your letter. I know how to write a little bit. I bid you farewell. May God keep you safe. See you soon.

Letter 3:

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Translation: Hello! This is Maria. How are you? I am fine. I am back to school now. I would love to meet you in person. I got your letter. I had a great year. I thank to God because my cousins are back to us, because their parents are separated. I pray to God to protect them and help you in your work! (My cousin, ____, helped me to write this letter).

Letter 4:

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Translation: Hello! How are you? I am fine. I went to the church or Christmas Eve. I got together with my family on December 31st, but I thought that I missed you there. I hope you are doing well. May God care of you at your home and your work! I say goodbye for now. I hope to hear from you soon. With love, Maria

Letter 5:

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Translation: Hello, I am happy because I got your letter. I keep all your letters that you have sent me. How are you? I am fine. My father’s name is ___. My mother’s name is ____. My brother is ____. The weather is cold here now. There are many trees with fruits. I live in the state of _____ close to the state of Veracruz. I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I send kisses and hugs to you. Maria

Letter 6:

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Translation: Hello, I am happy because I got your letter. I really enjoyed the sheets that you sent me. I hope you send me more sheets. The weather is colder now. I got cough and flu, but I am taking medicine. See you soon! Maria

If all of these sweet letters aren’t motivation to always keep writing and not let her down, I don’t know what is! She is the age of the kindergarteners that I work with this year, so I love that connection, and she sounds like such a little kindergartener learning to write in these letters. Whenever I see an orange and white envelope in the mail from Mexico, it’s a happy day 🙂

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