The second one in a short time! Although she has always been one of my most frequent letter writers.
Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru
The letter uses the My Community template. Her community is located in the Piura region. Common types of transportation are tuk tuk (small motor taxi) and bicycle. They speak Spanish, and a fun thing in her community is Independence Day. The letter says “Dear godmother, I greet you in the name of Jesus. I tell you that at Christmas, I celebrated with my family, and we ate turkey at hot chocolate. In my country, the animals who live in trees are squirrels. Thank you for your letters. How are you? I ask you to pray for my siblings. I say goodbye with love. Angeles”
I’ve been anxiously awaiting Evelin’s photo update, and was so excited when I saw it! I had the amazing pleasure of spending a day with Evelin in July when I visited Guatemala, and in this is photo she is radiating all the same confidence, intelligence, kindness, and beauty that I saw that day. Here are her old and new photos:
Evelin is 9 and lives in Guatemala.
The letter uses the My Favorites template. Her favorite food and drink (given the choices) are eggs and milk. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite Bible character is Noah. The letter says “Hello! Evelin greets you with love. She thanks you for the present you sent her in February; with this money she bought a beautiful pair of shoes. Evelin wants you to know she hopes to pass all of her classes and attends a church called “Ebeneezer”. There is an apple tree near the house and she wants to learn more about God. For Christmas, her family eats together as a tradition and there are lots of decorated trees and houses. Evelin asks: What is the name of the church you attend? Evelin says goodbye.”
I received this letter from Endalu’s pastor in Ethiopia.
Dear Alisa, “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the unity of the Holy Spirit be with you.
My name is Mitiku Bireda and I am a pastor at the Kolfe Mekane Yesus Church which runs the Child Development Center attended by Endalu. I serve the children and their parents in prayer and counseling.
Our center is located in an area called Kolfe of the Addis Ababa region. There are 248 children supported in this Center and they and their parents are very happy with this. I want to thank you on behalf of our church for your continuous and vital support of Endalu. May God richly bless you.
This area is densely populated and the majority of the inhabitants are very poor lacking even the basic needs of life. They work mainly as daily laborers. The Center is bringing a great change in the area by teaching their children to change the living of the community. We impose good ethics and spread the Gospel widely. The contribution is increasing from time to time. It has also created an opportunity to work for the workers in this Center. Our children are undergoing holistic development and transformation.
The letter communication of the children with their sponsors satisfies and encourages the children. This year a sponsor of one child came and met with his child. This child and his family rejoiced in this. This year over 200 children received letters from their sponsors. The prayers that they do for each other are very encouraging and pleasing. The Bible also teaches us to carry one another’s burden. I recommend you keep up your letter communication with Endalu.
I ask you in the Lord’s love to pray for our children, their parents, and for the other children in our community that don’t come to the Center. Also pray that God helps us implement our plan of constructing a worship building for our church.
At last, I thank you again for the support you extend to Endalu. I say God richly bless you. Sincerely, Mitiku Bireda
This photo of beautiful Elaina with her radiating smile makes me so happy! This girl has always been a ray of sunshine.
Elaina is 8 and lives in the Dominican Republic
“Hello! Blessings! How are you? I’m fine, thanks God. I hope you’re fine. How is your family? My family is fine, thanks God. Thank you for the gift you sent me. They bought me some shoes, flip flops, sneakers, underwear, and clothes. I liked everything a lot. Please pray for me, I will be praying for you and your family.”
It feels only right to introduce these two together, since they came to me at the very same time, and I’m pretty sure they’re related. Nathalie and Dimanche both attend the same center in Burkina Faso and both have the same last name. They do have different caregiver’s names listed, though, so maybe their cousins? It was a great surprise to see these two little cuties. With their double addition, Burkina Faso suddenly jumped to the country I have the most Compassion children in. I’m looking forward into learning more about this country to know more about my girls there, as well as hearing from Nathalie and Dimanche! Letters to and from Burkina Faso seem to move really slowly through translation, so it may be awhile, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.
Nathalie, age 5:
Dimanche, age 4:
I adore the letters I receive from Albia and her mom!
Albia is 5 and lives in the Philippines
Her letter uses the My project learning template. They are currently learning about community in their center. In regards to taking care of her body, she has learned that she should take a bath every day, that she should brush her teeth 3 times daily, and to wash her hands before eating. She’s learned to show respect to others by saying “good morning”. She’s learned that she can be a good neighbor by disposing garbage at the proper place and and sharing her food. Her favorite thing she’s learned at her center is praying. Her message is “thank you” and “I love you” and she drew a picture that is so nicely labeled.
And here is the letter from Benia, Albia’s mom:
“Dear Miss Alisa, Hi! Good day to you! For now we are all in good condition. Albia is happy she finished her graduation at kindergarten here. I am very thankful we’re all okay, and I’m very thankful to God that we’re all healthy. For now we are in summer season but sometimes there’s a rain. But we’re more on heat. I am feeling sad to know your situation. But I know you will pass all of that. We’re all praying for your immediate healing. If I were God for one day, all I have to do is to heal all those people who are in sickness and want to live to serve their family and to those who are needy to them. To be a sharer or preacher of good works and word of God to know in heart and share their family and important and reason why we live in this world. God bless you and your family. Respectfully yours, Benia”
At the end of April, I received a new correspondent child, Marco. I love Colombia and really hope to visit there one year, so I was excited to see that that’s where he is from. Marco’s community needs safe water, and the average monthly income is only $77, which really high unemployment rates. He enjoys learning at the project, bicycling, and soccer. Marco is 6 years old. I’m looking forward to getting to know him!
I received two back to back letters from Ingrid! Here is the first one.
Ingrid is 7 and lives in Guatemala
The letter uses the My Favorites template. Her favorite foods (out of the choices) are eggs and rice. Her favorite drinks are milk and coffee. Her favorite colors are purple and yellow, and her favorite Bible characters are Jonah and Moses. The letter says “Ingrid sends you greetings with affection and she thanks you for the letter you sent her. She answers your questions. She lives in a place called Cantel a village of the state of Quetzaltenango. Ingrid says that the animals that live in the trees are birds and squirrels. The fruits that are planted in her area are apples, plums, and pears; and the vegetables are broccoli, broad beans, tomato, and cauliflower. She says goodbye with affection. Sincerely Ingrid (written by her tutor Maria)”
We recently received new photos of our Manna 4 Lempira children receiving the letters we sent them and new Bibles. I’m going to break them down by church, starting with Mercedes. It’s hard to believe that in just 29 days, I’ll be arriving in Honduras and seeing these children very soon! I still have some more shopping and lots of packing to do, but I’m so excited to meet them and spend time with them in person!
Brayan, 5, usually always has the same serious face in all of his photos (except one). But this time he attempted a smile! 🙂 He’s also wearing a shirt I sent him, which is very big, but at least he’ll grow into it.
Ludvi, 9, seems to be wise beyond her years and I love the peaceful look on her face with the natural background outside.
Velery, 3, has her hair is blowing across her face, but she has the most adorable curly hair. I have a feeling she’s going to be a big personality.
Angie, 3, is my newest Manna child. The Mercedes fun day is definitely going to be my busiest day with 3 little ones!
Love my letters from Cristofer!
Cristofer is 11 and lives in Peru
“Dear Godmother Alisa, Thanks for writing and for telling me what you do. Thanks for the pictures you send always. My family and I are doing well, thank God. I was chosen to be a part of the main marching crew at school. We’re practicing on Saturdays because my school was invited to participate in the parade for Independence Day which we celebrate every year in July. We’ll also have a presentation for Mother’s Day and we’ll pay homage to them with poems, songs, and traditional dances from our region. We had a friendly soccer match at church with a group of kids from Sunday School. We’re learning about Joshua in our devotionals. I say bye with much love. I ask you to keep praying for us. Cristofer”