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!