Letter from Maria

I hadn’t heard from my Maria in Mexico for awhile, so it was great to hear from her! I wonder if some of the letters were delayed, since she mentioned me “remembering” her again 😩

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Maria is 7 and lives in Mexico.

“Alisa, thank you very much for remembering me again. I am very happy. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am a very enthusiastic, studious and kind girl. I hope I do not lose that because there are many difficult situations that I had experienced as the economic situation. I will be asking God not to be so difficult. I may one day become someone important in life, as every child dreams. I just entered to second grade on August 21st of this year, but everything is very exciting or at least always have to be positive. My parents love my brother and me. I know that they will always do everything for us. My grandmother is a little sick, but I thank God for having her still with us. I went on holiday for at least two days at my cousin’s home that is located 1 hour from here and my sister and I had a good time with my cousin. I would like to know more about you and I hope you will write to me soon. My cousin helped me. With much affection, Maria”

Letter from Alex

I was ready to put in a 6 month inquiry after not hearing from Alex in that long when I saw a letter in translation from him on my account. I was happy to get to hear from him again!

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Alex is 7 and lives in Haiti.

The letter uses the My Typical Week template. This is one of my favorite templates. Alex typically gets up at 6am and the first thing he does is pray to the Lord. His favorite day of the week is Saturday, because he goes to the Compassion center. He goes there on Tuesday and Saturday. In the afternoon, he typically does his homework. On Sunday, he typically goes to church. And Alex typically goes to sleep at 8pm. The letter says “Alex is really happy to talk to you through this letter. He greets you and your family. He had a good vacation. This year he is in a new grade. He asks you to pray for him for a good school year. He wishes God could watch over you during the year end 2017.”

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If you have an idea about what’s going on in the drawing, let me know!

Introducing Jenny!

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Manna 4 Lempira just opened a new program this month in a community called Quelacasque. A church wanted to partner with the Manna program, and its members sponsored many of the children, but there were still quite a few available for sponsorship. When the photos and profiles of the kids were posted, I had to look. I love to learn about each kid and pray that they all find the right sponsor. I wasn’t necessarily looking to add another child. But of course, the children were so lovable. Then I thought, if there was one that moved me, and he/she was still available after a few days, I’d consider it.

A little over a year ago, I lost my grandmother that I was very close to. And a little more than a year before that, I lost my grandfather, her husband. In January, I sponsored Oxford through Compassion in honor of my grandmother. They share the same birthday and I knew she would have loved his huge smile. Since then, I’ve been looking for a child to sponsor in honor of my grandfather. Every so often I’d look through children available for sponsorship with the same birthday of him, but although the children were wonderful, I never felt that “click” moment with any of them to know that they were right child.

When looking through the Quelacasque children, I noticed that Jenny had a birthday one day after my grandfather’s. I loved her shy, sweet smile. I loved that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. But what really made the difference was when I saw she had 8 siblings and a single mother. I have a special place in my heart for children from large families, and four of my other Manna children also have many siblings. Imagine as a parent in the US living in financial stability and having 9 children. That seems hard enough, but now imagine it in poverty. I love to be able to make children from large families feel special and singled out. I love to send them things that are just for them and not hand-me-downs. And I can’t wait to do these things for Jenny.

So guess what? I didn’t end up waiting a couple days. I barely made it a couple hours after I got home from work on the first day that the children were available for sponsorship. I was happy to know that Jenny was still available and to hear the news that I was able to sponsor her gave me a feeling of peace, knowing that after many months, I finally had the child who was meant to be sponsored in honor of my grandfather. I can’t wait to share some of this story with her either.

Photo Friday

On this Photo Friday, I have new photos of Brayan and Velery to share!

I sponsor both of these children through Manna 4 Lempira. This was at the latest letter distribution.

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Brayan was giving his typical photo face.

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And Velery was looking adorable. These letters were from before I sponsored her, so she was given a coloring sheet. Next time she’ll have an actual letter from me!

Letter from Tsegereda

Less than 2 months after sponsoring little Tsegereda, I received my first letter from her! And what a sweet one it is.

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Tsegereda is 3 and lives in Ethiopia.

The letter uses the All About Me template. I learned the names of her parents, brother, and friends. She lives in a town, and when she grows up she wants to be a doctor. Her favorite game is playing house, her favorite food is pasta with bread, her best school subject is Amharic alphabets, her favorite pet is a cat, her favorite Bible story is Jesus, her favorite color is yellow, her favorite song is Jesus is my Savior, and her favorite holiday is the Ethiopian New Year. The letter says “My beloved sponsor, how are you doing? My family and I are doing well. I am living with my parents and my brother. I am very happy to be sponsored by you. Where do you live in? Please pray for my better future.”

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I just love the picture that she colored!