Letter from Angeles

Before I get to the letter, I have been getting some updated profiles of Manna for Lempira kiddos. Each year, we get updated profiles on them. It’s fun to see what changed, of course their sizes, sometimes their favorite colors, school subjects, career choice, and favorite activities. My favorite update so far, though? Junior went from wanting to be a mason when he grows up to wanting to be a teacher! Not that there’s anything wrong with being a mason, but I’m hoping this means that he will stay in school and complete it, which will give him so many more opportunities and a better salary and a more stable career in the future. I’m proud of him that he’s setting his sights higher, and I hope it continues. After having my oldest Manna child decide to not continue school and therefore have to leave the program, I’m encouraging all of my children in this round of letters to stay in school and invest in themselves.

I realized that I never shared this letter that I received from Angeles earlier in the summer, which is the first letter I’ve received from her since her home was destroyed from the floods. The drawing breaks my heart. 😦 In good news, though, this is the first letter she wrote completely on her own, and she did a great job and her handwriting is awesome! I sent a family gift right after I heard the news that their home was destroyed, and I’m anxiously awaiting a letter about what they purchased with the gift. I want to know if I need to send more and what their needs still are.

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Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.

The letter used the My House template. I’m not sure if it’s describing her house before the flooding or where she has been staying with relatives nearby. It says the house is made of straw mats, she gets water from a faucet, it has no floor other than the ground, it has a tile roof, and they have light from power. The letter says “Dear sponsor Alisa, I greet you in the name of the Lord. I tell you that I am fine. Answering to your questions, my advice would be to behave well and not to go out alone. I would tell them to be good children, practice the values, and learn the language and the dances of my country like Marinera. Thank you for your very beautiful letters. Goodbye, I send you hugs and kisses. I love you so much. Your photos are very beautiful. Bye. Angeles”

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Letter from and Update about Angeles

Since my last post about Angeles, I received an update about her family in terms of the flooding. In case you weren’t aware, this spring, Peru experienced severe flooding that caused loss of some lives and loss of many homes. I was very worried about Angeles and Cristofer, who both live in Peru. I was actually more worried about Cristofer, because based on where the flooding was, it seemed he lives closer to it. However, I never received any updates about him and have received letters since that haven’t mentioned any devastation, so it seems, thankfully, that he is okay. Unfortunately, though, I did receive a letter with the sad news that Angeles’ family lost their home and everything they had in the flooding. This includes school supplies, their methods of livelihood, and so much more. They’re staying nearby with family and receiving help from Compassion. To say it’s heartbreaking, hearing this news as a sponsor, would be an understatement. More accurately, I feel helpless. I wish there was more I could do. I feel guilty that I already have so much more than they ever had, and now they have even less. I feel upset that this would happen to people who don’t deserve it. But I’ve done what I can do as a sponsor. I’ve prayed, and prayed, and prayed a ton. I’ve given a family gift. I’ve sent letters to let them know I’m praying and thinking of them.

I have a new letter from Angeles, that was likely written after the flooding, I’m assuming, working it’s way to me now, but stuck at “Has a Problem” on Compassion’s site. I really hope I can view it soon. In the meantime, I did receive a letter from her recently, but it was written back in February, before the floods. Still, it was good to hear from her.

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Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.

The letter used the template “My Holiday/School Break”. Her school break is in December, January, and February. During it, she likes to eat arroz con pollo (rice with chicken, onion, cilantro, carrots, and peas). During her school breaks, Angeles likes to go to the park. One person she would like to visit is her aunt. And during a school break in the future, she would like to play with friends. The letter says: “Hello sponsor, I hope you are in good health. I am fine. Thank you for the letter and the images you sent me. In my church, we sing carols and my favorite is “Burrito Sabanero” (Little Savannah Donkey). Do you have any children? What are their names? I’d like you to keep on praying for me and my family. My sister Any sends you regards. I say goodbye with a strong hug and a kiss from far away. May God pour many blessings on all your family. I will wait for news from you. Angeles”

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Letter from Angeles

Since my last update, I received a letter from Angeles, and also have another in translation. It has been in translation in January, though, and I’m told nothing can be done to push it through any faster. I’m sure it will be worth the wait after all these months when I finally get to read it!

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Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.

Her letter came in the “What I Like to Do” template. What she likes to do best with friends is playing with dolls and playing blind man’s bluff. She marked all of the options for the chore she likes best 🙂 These include sweeping, washing dishes, and watering plants. What she likes best about the project is drawing, painting, the delicious food, and working in groups. What she likes to do best with her family is to go down the road to the  farm to collect beans, mangos, and lemons; also going to the canal to wash some clothes in the afternoons, and watching TV with everyone. Her tutor writes “Dear sponsor Alisa, the child greets you in the name of Jesus. She hopes you are healthy. She thanks you for the letter you sent and the lyrics were nice. She wants to ask you: which is your favorite Biblical text? She asks your prayers for her life and her family. She says goodbye with a hug and a kiss. God bless you.”

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Mail Call Monday

I received one letter last week, from Angeles. It was written in June, so I think it is still from the backlog, as it was one that suddenly appeared. I hadn’t heard from her in awhile, though, so I was very excited to receive it!

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Angeles is 7 and from Peru

It was the Festivals and National Holidays template, so I learned that Angeles’ favorite holiday is Independence Day, her favorite festival is Spring Festivity, and her favorite celebration is Christmas.

Translation:

Dear Sponsor Alisa, Your sponsored child greets you in the name of Jesus, and wants to thank you for all of the pictures and stickers you have sent her, everything it’s really pretty. She is also thankful to God because she continues attending the project. She has a sister and brother who are younger than her (Anyi and Santos) and her friends are Hariana and Keila. Her favorite color is pink and she doesn’t have a pet. She also enjoys to learn to draw better at school. She wants to ask you: What is your favorite dish? and also asks you to pray for her family. Your sponsored child says goodbye with a hug and a kiss.

Here is the picture:

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Video of Angeles and her Center

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I mentioned before that I should post Angeles’ video, but I haven’t yet. This is the video that really made me fall in love with her, and know without a doubt she was mine. I loved getting to see her in a video along with a picture, and getting to know more about her through there than I wouldn’t have already known.

I mean how sweet is this little girl?? (click here).

I wish I could figure out a way to embed the videos here, but I’m not sure how. There also is a video for her center.

I love getting to see where she attends! (click here).

I still haven’t heard from Angeles aside from her intro letter since I started sponsoring her in November, so I’m really hoping to see that there’s a letter on the way from her soon!

Pichuberries, Luna, and and Life

 

When I was grocery shopping at Mariano’s this weekend, a fruit I had never seen before, the Pichuberry, caught my eye. These interestingly named fruits come from Peru, where both Angeles and Cristofer live. Curious and always up for trying new produce, I got some. They are little plump orange balls, with a somewhat similar taste to a tomato, but much sweeter than the sweetest tomato. And they are less liquidy inside. Probably more similar to a tomatillo, but still much sweeter. Looking it up, they are also packed full of vitamins and minerals and are VERY good for you! It was fun to try something new from their country, and I like them a lot! I’ve been putting some in my salads this week and eating them by themselves too.

 

I got some more information about Luna, as well as her previous photo. Look at how timid she looks in her first photo, and how she is radiating with confidence in the latest one! THIS is Compassion in work, right here in her transformation in 2 years time. And Luna has had 2 previous sponsors and only received 3 letters between them, as well as 3 gifts. Something tells me this girl is going to be teaching me things, and I cannot wait until I start to hear from her!

I’ve posted little bits before about my job situation not being good at all this school year (I’m a teacher). Last month, after talking with others and determining that it was the best option, I resigned effective the last day of school. Which means I don’t have a job right now come fall, which can be a very scary thought. I am trying to put my trust in God, and know that He will lead me to where I’m supposed to be, but, being human, there is still some anxiety present because of the direness of the situation. One lyric that has been really helping lately is Casting Crown’s “Just Be Held” when he says “You’re world’s not falling apart it’s falling into place.” It helps to believe that I went through all I did this year to have to find a new, better job, which is where I’m supposed to end up. That all being said, I have 2 interviews the next 2 days, one of which is at a place that I especially love. I’m so hopeful that I’m starting to get them, but interviewing tends to make me second guess myself. If you are reading this and could spare a few seconds for prayers, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you