I’m so excited to share my first letter from Heidy- I couldn’t wait to open it when I saw the mail from Manna 4 Lempira! This was written in March, before I sponsored her, as a first letter, of course, but it still gives me more insight into her and I get to know her a little better!
Translation: Dear Sponsor, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, wishing you encounter good health alongside of all your family. I want to give you special thanks for the beautiful gift that you sent me. I received from you a backpack, a toothpaste, pencil sharpener, a ruler, gloves, and pencils. These will be very useful for me to go to school, and I am thankful to you with all my heart. I tell you that I go to church every Sunday and I am learning about God each day. I like to sing and to pray. My church is very pretty and many children come. It is by the side of the highway. There are many trees and the weather is very fresh and rainy. I am very thankful and I send you many greetings.
I love the drawing! I also love to hear all the great, practical things that Manna 4 Lempira is able to purchase for the kids with our sponsorship money. It makes me so happy that she is able to receive these things that in a family with 12 children, her parents wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford for her.
In other news, while I am still interviewing and searching for a new job, I did get offered something for over the summer for a district I interviewed at last week (I’m still waiting to hear back on the full-time job for that same place). In special education, we have something called Extended School Year, where students who would benefit greatly from further education and working on IEP goals in the summer, so they don’t have as great of a gap without school, can attend if recommended by the team. While I wasn’t planning on doing this anywhere over the summer, since I’m focusing on finding a job, but when the opportunity was presented, it felt like the right thing to do. One of the thoughts that hit me after deciding to accept was that I could use the extra, unexpected money, to go on a Compassion trip next summer. This makes me really excited! I will be doing a lot of praying and asking God to direct me in terms of what trip He wants me to go on. I’m limited to a summer trip due to being a teacher, but there are 4 trips right now upcoming in summer 2017, so it’s all in God’s hands!