Letter from Génecis’ Pastor

This letter is from Génecis’ paster in Colombia.

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Dear Alisa, My name is Miriam Orozco, and I am pastor associated with the Child Development Center “Cielo Nuevo y Tierra Nueva” that Génecis attends. In our church we are really grateful for the support you are giving to Génecis. We fervently pray to God and thank Him for all of our children who have found special support in a person like you.

We are located on a mountain in a neighborhood with a few path roads, with tropical weather all year long. This area needs the implementation of publics services (like potable water, sewage system, streetlights) and better housing. The lack of it affects the health of children; there are many cases of illness and it alters their personal hygiene. We are praying to God for this situation to change soon. I know He will help us and will guide us to offer the inhabitants a better quality of life.

Many children live a reality that prevents them from having a thorough development and we would like to change this reality as soon as possible. They are surrounded by drug addictions, alcoholism, crime, and absence of the parents. The lack of interest from parents drives teenagers to seem haven in bad company, leading to teenage pregnancy and young boys involved in crime and ending up in jail. The high unemployment rate in the parents puts the children in risk of malnutrition.

For us it was a huge joy to find in Compassion a helping hand. The objective of our ministry is to work for the future of our children. So far, we have had around 160 children registered in the project.

I can’t even explain how happy the project makes the parents of the children. It is amazing to see their grateful faces because their children have the possibility of a better future than theirs, and that today their children enjoy education and medical checkups. The children in the center learn how to keep proper hygiene habits, how to relate to others by respecting the rights of the people around them, and how to protect the environment by promoting a recycling culture. The happiness of the children when they come to the center is noticeable.

We have seen how the children’s attitudes start to change and we are excited that they understand what we teach them about the love of God and to be grateful for what He does for us every day. During this time we have seen the glory of God, and how the parents of the children, who never thought they would come to our church, have come here seeking the help of God.

My biggest dream is that the children of the program get to know God from an early age so that they turn to Him for help as they grow older. We pray day after day for these children to grow into people who can show the love of God by helping others. I ask you please to pray for all of us here at the church and center for God to help us be faithful with the commitment we made before Him and before the community.

For us it is very important that you continue being part of our family. Let me tell you that your letters to Génecis hold a meaningful importance. Every letter sponsors send to these children makes them so happy because they understand that their sponsor loves them and wants great things for their lives. It gives these children hope and encouragement.

We pray for our sponsors every day and we hope God continues to shine over your lives, showering you with the power and love only He can give. Once again, I thank you very much for helping us turn this dream into a reality. You are a great blessing.

In Christ, Miriam Orozco

Letter from Luna

I received a letter from sweet Luna, who told me all about her house!

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Luna is 14 and lives in Colombia

“Dear godmother, today I want to greet you very affectionately sending you many hugs and kisses through the distance, wishing God will bless you and fill you with His Holy Spirit. Godmother, I want to tell you that the house I am living in with my family is made a part of bricks and another part of zinc. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, the living room and the kitchen are together, and its floor is a part made of cement and a part is a dirt floor. Its roof is made of fiber cement. The water that comes to my house is from the river, they pass this water through the hoses but clean it. My house has electricity and I can enjoy it. Godmother, the bed I sleep in is a single bed where I can rest. I want to thank you for all those pretty letters you send me. The birds live in the mango trees and sing. I am very grateful with God because He gave me life. I say goodbye asking you to pray for me every day. I expect your answer soon. I send you many kisses and hugs, Luna”

Letter from Luna with a Photo!

I received the thank you letter and photo from the family gift I sent to Luna’s family 6 months ago. I just adore this girl!

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Luna is 14 and lives in Colombia.

“Hello Godmother, may God’s blessing be shed in your life every day. I wish you are very healthy. I would like to know: how are you? I tell you that my family and I are very well. I am studying in 7th grade at a different school than last year. I have new friends and I am very happy to study so I can turn into a professional. I want to use this moment to thank you for your nice present. I liked a lot the clothes, the quilt that looks very pretty on the bed, the dinner service you sent me is also very pretty, the set of glasses, and the plastic chair. Godmother, thank you from my whole heart for looking after my wellbeing. My family also thanks you. My mom is very happy with the pretty dinner service. Godmother, you are very important in my life and family. I ask God to always bless you and guard you. I ask you to always include me and my family in your prayers. I give you this Bible verse: Isaiah 58:11. I say goodbye with a lot of love and affection, Luna”

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I’m so excited to see her mom and little brother in this photo! Luna looks really happy. I’m glad that they were able to get a variety of items and things that they wouldn’t normally be able to get, and that her mom got some nice dining ware that she’s happy with. Her words are so sweet and sincere, and she just completely has my heart. My birthday twin Luna has been special to me from the beginning, but I love her even more with each letter. I am praying for Compassion to offer a summer group trip to Colombia so I can go visit her!

Introducing Génecis!

The next child to join my sponsor family was actually not a correspondent. I had fallen in love with little Génecis from Colombia and her picture as soon as I saw her. She clearly faces a challenge with her vision, but her earnest smile with her cute little outfit and bows tugged at my heartstrings with all the potential this beautiful little girl is full of. Before I could consider sponsoring her, she was gone from the site. Then a couple days later, she reappeared. I needed some time to prayerfully consider sponsoring her, but by the time I did and got off work, she was back off the site again. I was disappointed but glad she was being sponsored, and I resolved that if by any chance she reappeared again, I would sponsor her. Well the next day, there she was back again!

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I’m so excited to be a part of Génecis’ life and get to watch her grow up! I’m also very happy to have another girl from Colombia. Her hobbies are learning about God and bicycling. I just know this is a special little girl.

Letter from Luna

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Luna is 14 and lives in Colombia.

“Hello dear Alisa, I wish God’s blessing is upon you. I write you this letter with much love. I want to tell you about my favorite friend named Saray. My favorite activity is watching Chavo del 8 in TV. I like it because it makes me laugh. Godmother, I want to tell you that my mother prepares a delicious food that is yellow rice with chicken and ripe plantain and soda. What is your favorite food? I also tell you that the sport I like most is watching soccer and skating. I would like to know: what is your favorite sport? Godmother, I want to thank you again for your letters and the gifts. I thank you for the support you have given me and for being my sponsor during all these years. Godmother, I want to tell you that it has been raining a lot lately over here. I say goodbye asking to pray for me. I’m looking forward for your answers soon. Luna”

She is the sweetest ❤

Letter from Luna

My birthday twin recently turned 14, but I received this letter before our birthday.

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Luna is 14 and lives in Colombia.

“Hi dear godmother Alisa. God blesses you richly. I tell you I am happy to write you again. In this opportunity, I want to tell you about my friends: Nayarith, Daniela, Viviana, Valeria, and Andrea. I like talking and doing work in groups. Also I have a friend, she is Nayarith, she and I are best friends, we met at last school. I like to have friends to go out, talk, and play with them. Why do you like having friends? Who is your best friend? Godmother, I am happy to get your letters and presents. I feel thankful because your presents are valious. I tell you I am doing well at school. I like seeing movies and going to the park with my friends and sister. I am fine, thank God. I say goodbye and I hope for your reply soon.”

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