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!
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.”
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!
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.
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:
I haven’t heard from this sweet girl in awhile, but I was excited to get a photo update for her last week! Angeles lives in Peru. She’s not smiling in this one like she was in the last one, but she’s growing up and looks great and beautiful in purple. Love her!
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!
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
I have still just received my introduction form letter from Angeles, but I am hopeful that another one is on the way soon! I still treasure this letter from her, knowing that she wrote and colored this before she had a sponsor, wondering, waiting, to see what would happen. I couldn’t believe she had been waiting awhile when I saw her picture and watched her video and fell in love with her. But it just shows that the reason that she was still available was for me to be her sponsor.
Translation: Dear sponsor, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus. I want to tell you that Angeles studies at kindergarten with other children of 5 years old. She likes to study, draw, and paint with her friends Rebeca and Mariana. She would like to know, what is your name? Where do you live? She would like you to pray for her family. She says goodbye with a kiss. Favorite food: chicken and rice. (Secretary)
It’s been a little while since my last post. Things have been a little hectic- my teaching position has changed again for the third time this year, which is quite crazy, but I’m just trying to have faith that God has a plan so that I can find a new job next year that I wouldn’t otherwise be at and that it will be a great fit.
I’m going to do a couple catch up posts from what I missed.
This is what I sent my kiddos in December. Coffee filter tie-dye hearts to get in time for Valentines Day, along with washi trees (which they got after Christmas but I don’t think they mind).
In January I sent out coffee filter snow flakes, which I had a lot of fun making! And my sweet Angeles’s birthday is in March so she got some special treats too, like this card with a tiara on her. I write emails to my kids more often, but I send something through the mail once a month. I try to plan everything 2 months ahead of when I want it to get there.
In the next post… my first letters from my loves!!