On Tuesday, I found a new face on my Compassion account from a country that I’ve never had a child from before. Meet Daniel from Togo!
Daniel is 7 years old and looks like he has a very kind and gentle demeanor based on his photo. He’s never received a letter in the year and 3 months since he’s been registered. I’m excited to learn more about the interesting country of Togo, too!
My week last week took an unexpected turn. Over the weekend, I had not been feeling well. I had a sore throat, headache, dizzy spells, stomachache, fatigue… my symptoms were all over the place. On Monday, I was feeling worse and I barely made it through work. I hate taking sick days and not being there for my students, but I knew I needed to take one to rest up and hopefully feel much better. I was also coming down with a fever. I wasn’t big on the idea of going to the doctor, since I figured I had the flu and they wouldn’t be able to do anything for me. But as my symptoms progressed even more on Tuesday and new ones appeared, I decided to go to urgent care. I was shocked to find out I had strep throat, scarlet fever, a sinus infection, and a peritonsillar abscess. Here I thought I’d regret going, but everything I had needed to be treated by antibiotics, so I’m so grateful I did. Even the doctor said she was glad I went in. I haven’t had strep since I was a kid, never had scarlet fever, and never even heard of a peritonsillar abscess…
So just like that, my week changed and I had to stay home Wednesday and Thursday too. When I let my boss know, she told me to also take Friday off. I figured I’d definitely be better by Friday with the antibiotics and steroids, but I agreed. I was told to come back to urgent care Wednesday for a recheck of my tonsil. It still was the same, so then I was told to come back again on Friday for another recheck. By then, I could feel the strep/scarlet fever and sinus infection were getting better. However that tonsil and the side of my neck it was on were still swollen and I wasn’t sure if it would have to be aspirated. When I went back for the second recheck on Friday, I was told I’ll have to come back again on Sunday (today). They want to make sure it’s going down and not staying the same or it will have to be aspirated.
All these days stuck on the couch and in bed sick, with little motivation to do anything, had me checking Compassion’s website quite a bit, hoping to see a new correspondent. Finally on Thursday evening, there was beautiful Nafula Faith from Uganda, a country that has become very near and dear to my heart.
Feeling discouraged and worried about this potentially serious abscess, God reminded me to have Faith! 😉
Faith is 14 and lives a little outside the capital city of Kampala. I’m thrilled to have a new teen girl to write to.
Last week, Edwige became my second beautiful girl from Burkina Faso, a country that is still very new to me.
Here are her previous and current photos. Edwige is 7, just like my other girl from BF, Latifatou. Her birthday is extra special, because it’s the same as my grandmother’s who passed away a year ago in October. She’s now my second child to share that birthday, as I previously sponsored Oxford in my grandmother’s honor. Edwige feels like a little gift from my grandmother, telling me she’s looking out for me.
She helps her family with cleaning and running errands, and her hobbies include listening to Bible stories, playing games, hide and seek, and soccer. The Child Development Center information says that none of the children there are attending school because they are all too young. I don’t know how often that is updated, though, and 7 seems old enough to start school, so hopefully she will soon if she’s not currently enrolled. Most adults in the community earn only $10 per month.
On Wednesday evening, I received another new correspondent from the Dominican Republic, but this time he is from a different center than my other two from the same country. His face is solemn in the photo, but he’s adorable, and I hope that some day I’ll see a smile from him!
Jorge is 6 years old. He helps his family with running errands and his favorite hobbies are art and dolls. I’m not sure if he’s in school yet, because it’s listed as “other”. If not, hopefully he will be enrolled soon! He looks so tiny because of the perspective that the photo was taken. The funny thing is that I’ve noticed that I’ve been assigned much more children as correspondents at age 6 than any other age!
When I logged on to check on my letters, and I saw Manuel’s face, I also recognized the background on his photo immediately. He attends the same center as my sponsored child Elaina in the Dominican Republic!
Isn’t he growing into a handsome preteen? Manuel is 11 and here are all of his photos (click to see them larger). This is my first time with Compassion that I’ve had two children who attend the same center. I’ve decided to let Manuel know that I am his correspondent and he also has a financial sponsor, because if for some reason his financial sponsor has to cancel, I don’t want him to think that I stopped sponsoring him but still sponsor Elaina.
Manuel’s hobbies are art, reading, and toy cars. He is in 4th grade and his school performance is above average. His favorite subject is language. The Dominican Republic is a country I really hope to visit, so having another child there is exciting. And out of all the centers in the country, he wound up to be from the same center as my only other child there. That’s not a coincidence- that’s God’s plan and I can’t wait to see it unfold!
I just received little Jabes as a correspondent and now I get to write to another little cutie from Rwanda!
Clemence just turned 4 in January and she has a smile of pure JOY! Whenever I’m feeling down, I’m going to look at Clemence’s picture to cheer me up. This little sweetheart lives in a community where the average income is less than $3/month, something we can’t even really fathom. But here is a face of happiness and love in the only world she knows. And thanks to Compassion, Clemence and her family are taken care of. I’m sure this is one of countless examples of Compassion’s life saving work in this community.
Clemence already helps with the chores of carrying water and running errands and her hobbies are dancing and art. She seems like my kind of free spirit! She is thankfully enrolled in preschool and her favorite subject is art there too. Compassion’s description of the community says that there are not safe places to play and the nearby lake is polluted with methane gas. This means that their water supply is likely severely limited.
I can’t wait to send a gift and encouragement to Clemence’s family ❤
About a week ago I found yet another new correspondent from another new country for me! This is Zakayo from Tanzania.
I’m eager to learn more about Tanzania as I learn more about him. Zakayo (I love his name) is 5 years old. He comes from a very impoverished community. He has a whole laundry list of interests and enjoys learning about math and reading. My introduction letter to him went through extremely quickly, and I can’t wait to hear from him!