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.
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.
Brayan was giving his typical photo face.
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!
Less than 2 months after sponsoring little Tsegereda, I received my first letter from her! And what a sweet one it is.
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.”
I just love the picture that she colored!
Rikelme is 14 and lives in Brazil.
“Greetings! Hello Dear Sponsor Alisa. I am happy and excited to write you a letter. How are you and your family doing? I hope this letter finds you all doing well, in Jesus’ name! My family and I are doing well, praise God! I am always praying for you and your family. I would like to know more about you and I am excited to hear from you. I want to meet you in person when I grow up! My family and I send you hugs and blessings from God! Psalm 121 for your meditation. God bless you. With affection, Rikelme”
I had been eagerly awaiting a photo update of Eliana, because I knew it was due to update any time. She looks so grown up in her new photo, but still just as happy and smiley as before! Here are the two photos side by side:
“Blessings Alisa, How are you? Eliana is very well, thanks God. She wants to know how you did in the summer. She did not go out but she went to the activities of the center and she played a lot with her cousin. Please pray for her and her family.”
I’m so proud of my girl who has been writing her letters on her own and in beautiful handwriting!
Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.
The letter uses the My Hobbies and Pets template. Angeles favorite hobby is playing with her friends. She also likes to do hobbies with her mom. She has a pet dog named Boby. She would like to have a sheep, and she would name it Mila. It would be little and white. And her favorite thing to do with pets is feed them. The letter says “Dear Sponsor Alisa, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus to thank you for your correspondence. The photos are very nice. I pray to God for you to do very well on your next trip. Is Guatemala nice? I ask for you to keep praying for God to give me lots of wisdom. I say goodbye with a hug from the distance. Angeles”
In the beginning of November I was thrilled to find a new correspondent on my account from a new country for me! Meet Jofre from Ecuador:
Jofre is 10 years old. His hobbies include learning about God, participating in service activities, singing songs, group games, running, and soccer. His three previous pictures are included below. I feel blessed to get to write to Jofre and let him know how special he is!