Less than 2 months after sponsoring little Tsegereda, I received my first letter from her! And what a sweet one it is.
Tsegereda is 3 and lives in Ethiopia.
The letter uses the All About Me template. I learned the names of her parents, brother, and friends. She lives in a town, and when she grows up she wants to be a doctor. Her favorite game is playing house, her favorite food is pasta with bread, her best school subject is Amharic alphabets, her favorite pet is a cat, her favorite Bible story is Jesus, her favorite color is yellow, her favorite song is Jesus is my Savior, and her favorite holiday is the Ethiopian New Year. The letter says “My beloved sponsor, how are you doing? My family and I are doing well. I am living with my parents and my brother. I am very happy to be sponsored by you. Where do you live in? Please pray for my better future.”
I just love the picture that she colored!
Rikelme is 14 and lives in Brazil.
“Greetings! Hello Dear Sponsor Alisa. I am happy and excited to write you a letter. How are you and your family doing? I hope this letter finds you all doing well, in Jesus’ name! My family and I are doing well, praise God! I am always praying for you and your family. I would like to know more about you and I am excited to hear from you. I want to meet you in person when I grow up! My family and I send you hugs and blessings from God! Psalm 121 for your meditation. God bless you. With affection, Rikelme”
I had been eagerly awaiting a photo update of Eliana, because I knew it was due to update any time. She looks so grown up in her new photo, but still just as happy and smiley as before! Here are the two photos side by side:
“Blessings Alisa, How are you? Eliana is very well, thanks God. She wants to know how you did in the summer. She did not go out but she went to the activities of the center and she played a lot with her cousin. Please pray for her and her family.”
I’m so proud of my girl who has been writing her letters on her own and in beautiful handwriting!
Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.
The letter uses the My Hobbies and Pets template. Angeles favorite hobby is playing with her friends. She also likes to do hobbies with her mom. She has a pet dog named Boby. She would like to have a sheep, and she would name it Mila. It would be little and white. And her favorite thing to do with pets is feed them. The letter says “Dear Sponsor Alisa, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus to thank you for your correspondence. The photos are very nice. I pray to God for you to do very well on your next trip. Is Guatemala nice? I ask for you to keep praying for God to give me lots of wisdom. I say goodbye with a hug from the distance. Angeles”
In the beginning of November I was thrilled to find a new correspondent on my account from a new country for me! Meet Jofre from Ecuador:
Jofre is 10 years old. His hobbies include learning about God, participating in service activities, singing songs, group games, running, and soccer. His three previous pictures are included below. I feel blessed to get to write to Jofre and let him know how special he is!
Just try to resist the smile of this adorable little cutie from Ethiopia. I know I couldn’t. There’s more to the story than that, though. I am a preschool teacher, as I’ve mentioned before, and I work at a public school district teaching at-risk and low income children. After I got my teaching license, I went through the classes to get my English as a Second Language endorsement. As a result, I get lots of students whose families are from all over, which I love. This year I have a student from Ethiopia, whose family just moved to the US recently. In learning more about her country, the culture, the language, etc. I was moved more and more by the desire to sponsor a child from Ethiopia through Compassion. Having an Ethiopian child that I was getting to know and love more each day made it all the more real to for me to picture a real child in Ethiopia that I could help, if that makes sense.
One evening, I couldn’t resist the urge any longer and made up my mind to start looking at the available children on Compassion’s website and see if I felt connected to any of them. When I saw Tsegereda, I instantly fell in love. I continued to look through many more children, but none of the rest of them felt right after her. What sealed the deal was reading that the average income in her community is only $8 a month. So in need, so much more than I would ever know in my life, but an undeniable light radiating from this little 3 year old. If I could somehow reach across all the distance to Africa, I’d scoop her up in my arms right now and give her the biggest hug!
My birthday twin recently turned 14, but I received this letter before our birthday.
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.”