New Photos of Maria and Rikelme

I’ve had quite a few photo updates (and new correspondents… but that will come later) while I was on my posting hiatus getting adjusted to my new job. I get so excited to get updated photos of the kids and see how they’re growing!!

First is Maria, my longest sponsored child and my only World Vision child. Here is her new photo:

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And a look at all of her photos as she’s grown! (click to see them larger)

And Rikelme is looking even more grown up in his new photo:

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Here are all his photos to compare! (click to see them larger)

Letter from Marcus

I received a new letter from Marcus last week. This is my second letter from him!

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Marcus is 14 and lives in Brazil

“Hi dear godmother, how are you? I am fine. Here at school I finished elementary school and now I’ll go to high school. I am very excited to start classes. My favorite thing to learn is about English. I’ve already got some practice and I hope I’ll learn more. Thank you for your letter and pictures. I hope to receive more of them. I have many questions to ask you. Do you have kids? Are you married? At school I am taking many courses to focus in the area I hope to work at. With love, Marcus”

I’m very proud of him that he’s going to high school and he’s excited about it! Marcus lives in an area where gang violence is prominent, but it seems like he is staying focused, which is so awesome. It’s also great that he’s learning English! Of course I’ll be asking him which area he hopes to work in.

Letter from Maria M

This is my first letter from Maria! I started sponsoring her in December.

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Maria is 9 and lives in Brazil.

The letter uses the My First Letter template. It says that she lives with her parents and 2 brothers. Her house is located near a school and a church. Her favorite food is beans and rice. The letter says “I was so glad to hear from you. Thanks for choosing me. I’m Christian. I’ll pray for you and your family.” And the verse included is Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”

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I love this letter! It is simple but very sweet and heartfelt. And the sentence “Thanks for choosing me” makes my heart melt.

Letter from Rikelme

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Rikelme is 14 and lives in Brazil.

“Greetings, Beloved sponsor Alisa, how are you? I hope you’re well with all of your family. My family and I are well and healthy. Christmas is coming and on this time everything is so pretty and full of lights. I usually spend Christmas at home with my relatives with a simple meal. How do you spend the birthday of Jesus? With your family or at the church? I wish you a Christmas filled with love and blessings from the sky, and a new year filled with accomplishments. I keep doing karate, which is my favorite sport, and I also take other classes that happen in the project, as soccer and others. Here is so cool, thank you for helping all of us. Regards to all your family and here I say goodbye with love in my heart. Rikelme”

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I think it’s great that he’s learning karate at his project and so into it!

Introducing Maria M!

Since the beginning of December, I kept feeling called to browse through the waiting children on Compassion’s website. I knew that if I was meant to sponsor one, I would know it in my heart. Night after night, I kept feeling called back to browse, but I never felt that calling to sponsor any of the waiting children. I was unsure where God was going with this, but I trusted and obeyed. I saw amazing and wonderful and loving children, but none of them were “mine”. Finally on December 16th (yes it took that many days), I came across Maria, and the feeling was different. I already have two other sponsored children named Maria and I already have two teen boys from Brazil, but I couldn’t pass this girl up. It was God saying “this is the one”.

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Literally days before I was going to be making a trip to the home of Mickey, Maria’s Minnie Mouse shirt certainly helped to seal the deal too. I can’t wait to get to know this girl and see God’s plan unfold!

First Letter from Marcus

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Marcus is 14 and lives in Brazil.

“Hello my dear godmother, how are you? I’m fine and my family, too. Do you have kids? Here in the project, we will have a retreat and the Beach Park and I hope to go to both of them. Did you travel anywhere in these months? In the project, I do basketball and computer courses and I learned a lot about God. Do you go to church? I hope to write more for you and to receive your letters and photos. Until next letter, Marcus”

It was great to hear from him, and I can’t wait to get to continue getting to know him!