Last month, the Manna 4 Lempira team visited Honduras to distribute backpacks, shoes, and letters to the children. All of the photos are now posted, and it’s such a joy to see these children with the items I lovingly picked out and packed for them!! I’m going to post the pictures by center, so first up is my children who attend the Mercedes feeding center.
Here is Brayan, who is still sticking with the grumpy photo face… It’s his signature! 🙂
Brayan just turned 5 this month, and I will have sponsored him for 2 years this spring!
Next is Ludvi, who I started sponsoring over the summer when my previous child, Deilin, left the program. She is 9 years old.
I just love how she’s beaming with the gift of her backpack!! Ludvi lives with her unemployed mother and 9 siblings, so she has very little. I was so excited to treat her and give her special things to call her own!
And finally is little Velery, who is one of my more recently sponsored Manna children. I fell in love with her spunk in her photos and video, and she’s still letting it shine through!
Velery is 3 and she just couldn’t be any cuter! Those curls are precious, and I love the dress. She seems to be happy with her baby doll!
I found it adorable how little Brayan’s letter was all decked out with pretty, flowery drawings… clearly he got some help from one of his older sisters! 🙂
Brayan is 4 and lives in the Mercedes community of Lempira, Honduras.
“Hello dear sponsor! How are you? I hope that you are well with all your family. I have been having a good time with my friends. I am happy because we celebrated the Day of the Child in September. I like to play, to sing, and to eat sweets. I like to go to church. The song that I like to sing is the one that says- I give You glory, glory; to you Lord I give; glory to You Lord- it is my favorite song. I pray for you and your family. May God take care of your life and pour His power on your life. I liked the things that you sent me. Thank you. Cordial greetings through the long distance. Many hugs and kisses from all my family. Blessings! See you soon!”
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!
I’ve only ever received two letters from Brayan, which is much less than any of the other kids I sponsor with Manna 4 Lempira. Any other letter period, I receive at least one letter from each of my other kids, but only during two letter periods, did I ever receive any letter from Brayan. Because of this, I don’t know him as well as my other kids, but of course I still love him dearly. I do hope, as he’s getting older, I’ll start to receive more mail from him, even if it’s just a drawing. Up until now, none of the photos of him have ever shown him smiling. I think he’s camera shy, and I always had to imagine what his smile looked like. Well, in the photos posted the night before my trip, I finally got to see this little guy’s smile for the first time ever, and it is even better than I imagined!! I was thrilled!
From December 2016
From April 2017
From July 2017 😀
Doesn’t he have the cutest smile ever??
First Letter: “Dear Alisa, I am glad because I play with the toys. I hope that someday we can meet and share. May God bless you. I felt glad when I received the letter. My family and I pray for your family and you. I have a puppy called Tamos. He is very cute. I would like to have more photos of you. May God bless you today and always. These are my few words. Remember that my family always prays for you. Blessings!”
The baby photo is such a sweet gesture that I treasure!
Second letter: “Dear Alisa, I am very happy to receive my backpack. Everything is very nice. I am happy to have you as my sponsor. The toys are precious. I love you very much with affection and greetings through the distance. I wish for the peach of God to flood your life with love and blessings. Have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. I love you very much!”
I have yet to see a smile on little Brayan’s face, I think he’s shy around the camera. But I’m so used to this expression and loving it. I’ve also never received a letter from him, but hopefully next time around! And doesn’t Deilin just shine in yellow?
Things have been moving slowly and quietly lately, without getting any letters, updates, new children, etc. for awhile. But this past week, I’ve had some exciting moments, finally! First I’ll share the pictures of Brayan and Heidy, both sponsored through Manna 4 Lempira in Honduras, with their bags I sent them. Kim and her family just got back, and all of the pictures posted so far are just the sweetest!
Here’s Brayan, 3, looking as adorable as ever:
And Heidy, 10, looks beautiful with her thick hair down: