First Letter from Noelia!

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Noelia is 9 and lives in Bolivia

The letter uses the My First Letter Template. She lives with her dad and her siblings, which confirms that it was her mother that passed away. They speak Spanish, and she spends the most time with her siblings. Her favorite color is pink and her hair is black. Her eyes are dark brown and her favorite food is pique macho (beef, fries, sausage, hard boiled egg, tomato). Noelia’s favorite song is Somos Soldaditos del Señor (We are Little Soldiers of the Lord). Her favorite season is Spring. The letter says “Hello dear Alisa, I greet you with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you a lot for choosing me to sponsor. I also thank God for giving you the heart to sponsor me and for choosing me among so many children in the world. Also, thank you for the letter you sent me. I really like it. Thank you very much. I do have pets, a kitten and a little dog. I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up. I like to pray. My prayer request is for my family so that they know God. I say goodbye with love. Noelia”

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What an incredibly sweet girl! And her drawing is beautiful!

Letter from Elvis

The last month or so that I’ve gotten behind on my posting has been a blur. At the end of March, I was told that I would need to get my tonsils out. Upon hearing that it’s a 3 week recovery for adults and I’d need to take at least 2 weeks off of work, I told myself I’d wait til summer, which would actually have to be July, due to my Honduras trip at the end of June. Well, due to personal circumstances, and having many more tonsil issues, I ended up having them out a week ago on May 17. Let me tell you that it really is no joke for adults. I told my doctor going in that I wanted to know what to expect for recovery and he replied “expect the worst.” In a week, I’ve consumed mostly crushed ice and popsicles, with a few meals of a scrambled egg or soup that I’ve never been able to completely finish. I’ve lost 10 lbs so far in just a week. Currently, it feels like I’m swallowing a knife and being stabbed in the ear at the same time. I know eventually I will be glad that I got this necessary surgery done, but right now, every day is a struggle. I’ve been spending more time on the computer to distract myself, along with lots of Netflix, though, so here is the start of all of the letters and updates I’ve received in the past month!

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Elvis is 7 and lives in Bolivia.

Back in July, I received a letter about his medical check up. Now I received another letter, this time about a dental check up. It’s cool that the project sends these out! His last dental check up was in January, at the project and health center. His mom went with him and the doctor told him to take care of his teeth. He learned to brush his teeth after eating, that he should not eat candies, and that a check up is important. The letter says “Dear sponsor Alisa, we greet you with the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Elvis is fine. He thanks you for the beautiful letter. In answer to your questions: he likes the white shirt. His Christmas was good. His tradition is to share in family. Yes, there is a tree, but it is of his aunt. He had a good time in the New Year’s eve. Yes, a little. He would help poor people, but God does that; He is great. Elvis asks for prayers for his family and country. He will be praying for you. We say goodbye with love. Elvis and his tutor Daniela”

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Letter from Elvis

I’ve always heard from Elvis regularly since I started sponsoring him, so it was definitely out of the ordinary to go without hearing from him for so long. Several other Compassion sponsors noticed a long gap in the letters from their Bolivian children as well. Thankfully, a little before the 6 month mark, a letter from him started going through translation. Last week, it appeared on my account for me to view!

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Elvis is 6 and lives in Bolivia.

The letter uses the My Christian Learning template. His favorite Bible story is the prodigal son. His favorite Biblical person is Noah. His favorite song to sing at his project is “We are Soldiers”. At his project, they are learning to pray, sing, and help others. He’s learned to pray before eating, before leaving home, and before sleeping. He’s learned that Jesus died for us, He makes miracles, and to love Jesus. The letter says “Dear Sponsor Alisa, We greet you with the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Elvis thanks you for the nice letters. He also thanks you for the gift which he bought the uniform to go to his school. He likes to learn at school and to paint. Birds live in trees and trees also give us fruits like apple, banana, and many others. He is so grateful to be with his family. He asks for prayers for his family and his classmates. See you next time. Love, Elvis and his tutor Daniela”

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Elvis has always been a great artist and I love the family portrait. I’m glad he was able to get his uniform to go to school. If the children in many countries are not able to afford their uniforms, school supplies, and/or school fees, they are unable to attend. It seems like a small thing, but that’s one less thing that the family has to stretch their budget for, which makes a difference!

Introducing Kevin and Saying Goodbye to Beto

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!

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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.

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Introducing Noelia!

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.

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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.

Letter from Elvis!

I always love hearing from Elvis and his tutor Eva. I love Eva so much, and she is so much a part of my wonderful experience in sponsoring Elvis, that I recently wrote a card just for her to thank her and make sure she knows what a wonderful job she does and how much I appreciate her. In the latest letter, I got to hear back from both of them!

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Elvis is 6 and lives in Bolivia.

The letter uses the My Community template. Elvis’ community is located in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. People speak Spanish and Aymara and the weather is cold. Typical food is plato paceño. “Beloved Sponsor Alisa, It is a privilege to write you again. Greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior. We feel very happy to get your pretty letters. Elvis is happy to hear more from you. He thanks you for the pretty correspondences. His three wishes are to be a professional (doctor), help the rest, and that his parents go to church. As tutor, I feel happy that my child Elvis gets to know you more, he loves you a lot and he looks forward to meet you soon. Until another opportunity, with lots of affection, Elvis and Eva. He asks with lots of respect prayer for his dad that works a lot, you are always in our prayers day by day.”

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I pray that Compassion offers a summer sponsor tour to Bolivia so that I can go visit, because I will make it work and be there in a heartbeat. This is the first I’ve heard that his parents do not attend church, so I will be praying extra for them that their hearts will be opened. Usually it’s an exciting moment when a child starts writing letters on his own, but when Elvis does, it will be bittersweet, because I will miss Eva writing them with him!

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