First, the good news: I found little Kevin as my newest Compassion correspondent on Thursday evening! Kevin is 5 and from La Paz, Bolivia, the capital city and also where Elvis lives. He’s giving a signature Bolvian photo pose: the thumbs up!
In sad but also happy news, I lost my correspondent Beto from Ethiopia last week. While I never received any letters from him yet, as soon I receive any new child, I start loving them and praying for them immediately, so it still is sad and a loss. However, I’m glad that it happened for a good reason- his sponsor decided to write to him! I hope that they have a great relationship and that my letters had words that Beto needed to hear for the couple months that I was able to write to him.
Sometimes I come across a child that nags on my heart so much after, that I know who’s doing the nagging and I know I can’t say no. This was the case with 9 year old Noelia from Bolivia. She looks so sweet and unsure and shy. This little girl has lost a parent and has 9 siblings at home. She lives in the Cochabamba area of Bolivia, where homes are typically only one big room. Can you imagine that many siblings living together in one room? Through it all, she’s listed as above average in school. Noelia clearly has a drive to succeed. And then there’s her outfit: a winter hat with a very thin sweater and leggings, all in various colors.
I have a special place in my heart for sponsoring children from big families (Heidy, Brayan, Junior, Ludvi, and Jenny are among others with lots of siblings), because I feel like, especially with a family in poverty, the children don’t get a lot of special individual attention and poverty through no fault of the parents- it’s just not possible. I’m glad that God led me to beautiful Noelia, and I can’t wait to see what she does as she grows!
Here is her previous photo alongside her current one.
So stinkin’ cute. She still looks small to me for 9 years old, though, so either she’s due for a photo update soon or she’s very small for her age, likely due to malnourishment.
Mugisha Isaac is 6 and lives in Uganda
The letter uses the My Family template. He has 3 older sisters and lists the names of them. His family’s faith background is Anglican. His favorite thing to do with his family is collecting firewood, and his favorite way to help is fetching water. His food is prepared by his older sister. They live in the rural area of Gishegera, Uganda. The letter says: “Isaac says Christmas was very good. He enjoyed it with his family members and they ate good food. He went on to say that there are no special Christmas traditions. He went on to say that his New Year’s Resolution is to study hard and perform well in school. His prayer requests are good health for him and his family members.”
It looks like his mom uses a cane based on the drawing. I hope she is doing okay. Reading the letter and hearing about what he likes to do with his family, it’s hard not to notice the contrast of 6 year olds here in the US. I like his resolution!
I was extra excited when I saw that I had a new letter in translation from Albia and her mom, because even after just two letters received, I feel very close to the family. I know they feel the same way, and this latest letter is just as special!
Albia is 5 and lives in the Philippines.
The letter uses the My Hopes for the Future template. In the future, Albia hopes to learn about cooking and wants to go on a field trip. She hopes to visit America and would like to meet her sponsor. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher. Here is the picture she drew:
Next was the letter from Albia’s mom. It says “Dear Alisa, How is your 2018? On her third quarter, Albia got an award from her school. She was so happy from receiving your Christmas gift which we bought a dress and sandals. She was very glad wearing them, she said she’ll take good care of them. As a mother, I am so thankful for all your support. I hope you had a happy Christmas. I’m happy to read your letter once again. What season is it in your place now? I pray that God will guide and give you strength every day. God Bless, Respectfully Yours, Benia (Albia’s mom)”
Her mother, who is probably around the same age that I am, is doing a wonderful job raising her family in very difficult conditions. To get to form the connection with her, along with Albia, means so much to me.
If I could ask for prayers, I have a decision to make between either traveling with Manna 4 Lempira to Honduras this summer or traveling with Compassion to El Salvador. It’s so hard, because I’d love to do both, ideally, but I don’t have the funds for that. I’m praying for a clear direction on which trip I’m most needed on.
Yesterday, I was very excited to see a new face when I checked my Compassion account! This is 7 year old Rukundo. He is my 3rd child in Rwanda since January, but I’ve had a great experience with the country already and have been amazed at how quickly I got letters from Jabes and Clemence. So I’m very excited to send some love to Rukundo too, who hasn’t received any letters or gifts in the 3 years he’s been in the program.
Rukundo means love in Swahili! ❤
His big eyes in the first photo are so sweet and I love his sweater in his current photo!
I was very excited to receive my first letter from Jabes! Both of my correspondents in Rwanda were assigned to be at the end of January and I’ve already heard from both of them before February ended! There are correspondents I’ve had for months longer that I haven’t heard from yet, so that is really impressive.
Jabes is 4 and lives in Rwanda.
The letter uses the My Project template. Jabes goes to his project once a week and it is 1km from his home. He walks there. Typical activities he does there are studying and playing. His favorite activities at the project are praying and singing. He typically eats rice and beans there. The letter says “Dear Alisa, your child Jabes is greeting you in the name of Christ our Lord. He was very happy for your photos that you have sent him. He thanks you so much for your support of prayers to his family. Jabes likes playing, singing, and reading. Concerning about his studies, he is doing well and studying in nursery school. He wishes to be a policeman. He thanks you so much for your communication and accepting his letters to you. His favorite color is blue. His family is wishing you God’s peace and blessings.” The letter was written by his father.
I just want to give Jabes a big hug every time I see his sweet little face. This is a really sweet letter written by his father!
When I saw Alex’s new photo, I was impressed with how handsome he looks!
He really is looking great from the scared little boy in the first photo!