Letter from Luna with a Photo!

I received the thank you letter and photo from the family gift I sent to Luna’s family 6 months ago. I just adore this girl!

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Luna is 14 and lives in Colombia.

“Hello Godmother, may God’s blessing be shed in your life every day. I wish you are very healthy. I would like to know: how are you? I tell you that my family and I are very well. I am studying in 7th grade at a different school than last year. I have new friends and I am very happy to study so I can turn into a professional. I want to use this moment to thank you for your nice present. I liked a lot the clothes, the quilt that looks very pretty on the bed, the dinner service you sent me is also very pretty, the set of glasses, and the plastic chair. Godmother, thank you from my whole heart for looking after my wellbeing. My family also thanks you. My mom is very happy with the pretty dinner service. Godmother, you are very important in my life and family. I ask God to always bless you and guard you. I ask you to always include me and my family in your prayers. I give you this Bible verse: Isaiah 58:11. I say goodbye with a lot of love and affection, Luna”

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I’m so excited to see her mom and little brother in this photo! Luna looks really happy. I’m glad that they were able to get a variety of items and things that they wouldn’t normally be able to get, and that her mom got some nice dining ware that she’s happy with. Her words are so sweet and sincere, and she just completely has my heart. My birthday twin Luna has been special to me from the beginning, but I love her even more with each letter. I am praying for Compassion to offer a summer group trip to Colombia so I can go visit her!

First Letter from Charles and his Dad

I am thoroughly impressed with the letters I’ve received from my 2 Filipino children so far. Each has included letters from a parent as well, which helps immensely in getting to know the child/family when the child is still young. I also adore how they let Charles answer the questions in his own words and didn’t change the answers to be accurate!

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Adorable Charles is 4 and lives in the Philippines.

The letter uses the About Me template and Charles also got to help in filling it out himself! According to him, he is 97 inches tall, he has 0 siblings and is the 14th child, and the size of his feet is 4. What he does really well is dancing and his favorite part of his body is his hair. He is thin, and his other talent is singing. His message is simply “I love you” as indicated by a heart that he drew. I just love it!!!

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Then came the letter from his dad, and my heart grew so much more… “Dear Ma’am Alisa, Hello there! Hope that you are all fine upon receiving my letter. This is Mr. Raymond C****** writing on behalf of my son Charles. Thank you so much for choosing my son as your beneficiary child, being a part of this ministry is a great blessing to our family. It is a big help for Charles’ holistic development. As of now Charles is busy attending DLA (Developmental Learning Activity) at Dorca Student Center every Saturday and he learned to using a Christian song and some verses from the Bible like like Genesis 1:1. Charles is the only one child of the family and his mother died last January 14, 2017 at the age of 29 years old due to myoma. At first I feel difficult to adjust for loosing my wife but how I accepted and understand that with God everything happens with a purpose and God has a greater plan for my family. Please continue to pray for Charles for God’s guidance and safety may he grow a God fearing and a good son. Charles’ hobbies are to play a toy car and watch cartoon movies. He is a shy type and developed his responsibilities to practice proper hygiene. He can wash his hands alone and brush his teeth, and as a father I am happy to see Charles’ development. He is a precious gift from Jesus. Once again thank you so much for being part of my family. You are in our prayers. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family. By the way Charles wants to know more about you. What makes you busy there? What is your job? Do you have your own family? How many children do you have? God Bless and thank you. Respectfully yours, Mr. Raymond C******, Father of Charles”

I was almost tearing up again typing this. To go through the loss of your wife at such a young age and to be left alone, in poverty, to care for your little boy is an unimaginable tragedy. But his faith comes through, and you can see how much he loves Charles and how much he is trying. I know that the Compassion center and church are taking good care of them. His dedication to bringing Charles to the center each week really touches me. I have a special place in my heart for families with single dads, due to experience of seeing family go through it and this man and his little boy have touched me greatly.

Letter from Angeles with a Photo

Back in the spring, Peru had some terrible floods that did a lot of damage, including destroying the home of Angeles and her family. They lost everything, and so of course I sent a family gift. I was so happy to receive a letter last week to see what they were able to buy with it!

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Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.

“Dear sponsor, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus to tell you that I am in good health and hope you are too, in the company of your family. I would like to tell you that it’s super hot in the place I live. I’m enjoying my school break. Thank you for the money for the reason of family gift. We could buy a plastic table with four chairs and a pair of shoes which we are very happy with. How is your vacation going? I ask you to pray for my parents so that they get to know God. I say goodbye with a big hug from the distance. Angeles”

I have so many emotions reading this letter. To see this nice new, sturdy table and chairs that they were able to purchase fills me with joy. It’s the biggest blessing to be able to be connected with these children and their families and use my money to directly help others. I can’t imagine a better way I could have used the money that provided this table and chairs along with the pair of shoes that were probably very needed but very low on the family’s budget list. Being in families’ homes in Guatemala, plastic tables and chairs are the standard, but I didn’t see any in as good of shape as this, so I know it will last them for a long time. I’m also so proud of Angeles. She’s clearly very bright for her age, having written her own letters for some time with beautiful handwriting and spelling. I didn’t know before this that her parents hadn’t accepted God into their hearts, but I know that with her grace and light, God will work through Angeles to reach them. I’m so excited to be a part of this special girl’s life for many more years to come!

Introducing Daniel!

On Tuesday, I found a new face on my Compassion account from a country that I’ve never had a child from before. Meet Daniel from Togo!

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Daniel is 7 years old and looks like he has a very kind and gentle demeanor based on his photo. He’s never received a letter in the year and 3 months since he’s been registered. I’m excited to learn more about the interesting country of Togo, too!

New Photo and Letter from Oxford!

When I got the email that I had a new letter from Oxford to view, I also saw the happy surprise that his photo had updated! My little guy is growing up! The new photo is with the green shirt.

Oxford is 6 and lives in Ghana.

The letter uses the My Typical Week template. Oxford typically gets up at 5am and typically goes to church and school each morning. In the afternoon, he typically plays with his friends, and in the evening he typically does his homework. Oxford typically goes to sleep at 8pm and his favorite day of the week is Sunday because he goes to church. The letter says “Pray for my parents to get money, says Oxford.” And then it lists the responses to questions I asked him in a past letter that don’t make much sense out of context 😉

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Photo Friday- Photos of Ramya

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted updated photos of Ramya, but I still receive them a few times a month! Since there are SO many, here are some of my favorites!

Ramya is 6 and lives in India.

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These are my absolute favorites- I love her personality coming through! ❤

With a raincoat and hygiene kit I ordered for her.

With a letter I sent her.

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Ramya’s family with their Christmas gifts.

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She’s definitely little Miss Personality!

Letter from Eliana

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Eliana is 8 and lives in the Dominican Republic.

The letter uses the My Hopes and Dreams for the Future template. In the future, Eliana hopes to learn about art and learn another language. She wants to be a singer and she wants to visit another country. In the future, she hopes to meet me. The letter says “Hello Alisa, how are you? I am fine, thank God. How is your family? My family is fine, thank God. What do you like most about the Holidays? I like the New Years celebration. Please pray for myself. I will pray for you.”

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I hope to meet her one day, too 🙂

Letter from Maria M

This is my first letter from Maria! I started sponsoring her in December.

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Maria is 9 and lives in Brazil.

The letter uses the My First Letter template. It says that she lives with her parents and 2 brothers. Her house is located near a school and a church. Her favorite food is beans and rice. The letter says “I was so glad to hear from you. Thanks for choosing me. I’m Christian. I’ll pray for you and your family.” And the verse included is Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”

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I love this letter! It is simple but very sweet and heartfelt. And the sentence “Thanks for choosing me” makes my heart melt.

New Photos of Jenny!

I already posted the surprise video I got from Jenny, something I will always treasure! Now here are the photos of her receiving her backpack and a little intro from me. Jenny is my only child at the newest Manna 4 Lempira center, Quelacasque.

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Based on her photos, this sweet 8 year old always seems on the shy side. I’d love to get to meet her and give her lots of hugs and encouragement in person. Jenny lives with her mom and 8 siblings, so I’m SO happy that she was able to receive new shoes and a backpack, even including a doll! Since this center opened well after the backpack submission date, I actually didn’t pack hers, but rather some generous sponsors donated everything for all of the children of Quelacasque!

New Photos of Maria, Cristian, Yeyson, and Greysi!

El Tablon is the feeding center with Manna for Lempira that I have the most sponsored children with. I am so tempted to sponsor another one or two specific children there that are calling to my heart, but since visiting Honduras with Manna may now be a very real possibility this summer, I’m conflicted about whether it may be too many children at one center…

Maria is 12 and my oldest Manna child. With each new profile she still says she wants to be a doctor, and I really think she can do it.

I love how it looks like she’s laughing about something. I just love this girl!

Every time that I see new photos of Cristian means that he’s still in school, which is such a huge relief to me. His older brother stopped attending school to work, so I’m always worried that there’s that possibility with him. And I lost one of my other children, Deilin, because she stopped attending school. Going to school is a requirement to stay enrolled in the Manna program. I recently wrote to Cristian (and all of my older kids), about how many more opportunities are available as a result of staying in school, encouraging them to do so. I want the best life possible for him and each of them.

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11 year old Cristian is growing up fast and I think he looks even older than he is in this photo!

Yeyson and Greysi are the set of siblings that I sponsor. I couldn’t bare to only choose one, as I fell in love with both of them. 9 year old Yeyson always looks so kind and gentle.

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The extra photo of him with the huge smile after receiving his backpack makes me SO happy! The letters for the children at Yeyson and Greysi’s church had to be distributed on a separate day, which means I got to see a photo of him wearing one of the shirts I sent him (the green one). It looks great!

And then there’s 3 year old Greysi, the little sister of Yeyson. This girl is absolutely precious.

In the photo of her with the letter, she is wearing a dress I sent her! I just love seeing this on her and fitting her well, because I was so excited when I found it while backpack shopping!