El Tablon is the feeding center with Manna for Lempira that I have the most sponsored children with. I am so tempted to sponsor another one or two specific children there that are calling to my heart, but since visiting Honduras with Manna may now be a very real possibility this summer, I’m conflicted about whether it may be too many children at one center…
Maria is 12 and my oldest Manna child. With each new profile she still says she wants to be a doctor, and I really think she can do it.
I love how it looks like she’s laughing about something. I just love this girl!
Every time that I see new photos of Cristian means that he’s still in school, which is such a huge relief to me. His older brother stopped attending school to work, so I’m always worried that there’s that possibility with him. And I lost one of my other children, Deilin, because she stopped attending school. Going to school is a requirement to stay enrolled in the Manna program. I recently wrote to Cristian (and all of my older kids), about how many more opportunities are available as a result of staying in school, encouraging them to do so. I want the best life possible for him and each of them.
11 year old Cristian is growing up fast and I think he looks even older than he is in this photo!
Yeyson and Greysi are the set of siblings that I sponsor. I couldn’t bare to only choose one, as I fell in love with both of them. 9 year old Yeyson always looks so kind and gentle.
The extra photo of him with the huge smile after receiving his backpack makes me SO happy! The letters for the children at Yeyson and Greysi’s church had to be distributed on a separate day, which means I got to see a photo of him wearing one of the shirts I sent him (the green one). It looks great!
And then there’s 3 year old Greysi, the little sister of Yeyson. This girl is absolutely precious.
In the photo of her with the letter, she is wearing a dress I sent her! I just love seeing this on her and fitting her well, because I was so excited when I found it while backpack shopping!
In the previous batch of Manna 4 Lempira letters, I didn’t receive one from Cristian, so I was very glad to see one from him included this time, and it was so loving!
Cristian is 11 and lives in the El Tablon community of Lempira, Honduras.
“Dear Alisa, I want to tell you in this letter that I am happy to have a sponsor like you. I send you many hugs. I hope that you are well with your family. I know that in your heart God makes wonderful things for what you have done for me. I want to know more about you. I want to ask you a loving question. I love you and your family very much. I want to tell you that I am going to participate in points. I want to dedicate it to you and your dear family and your pretty cat. I want to know if you are well with your husband and your parents. With much love for Alisa and your family. I love you so much.”
I’m not sure exactly what participating in points means, but I’m assuming it’s something to do with school. I give extra encouragement to Cristian more than anyone else in terms of his education, because his older brother dropped out of school to work, and I know that it’s a very real possibility for Cristian too, but I want him to have those opportunities for himself that finishing school will get him. I want him to know I believe in him.
On this Photo Friday, I’m sharing the latest photos of Cristian and Maria, both of whom I sponsor through Manna 4 Lempira. These photos are from letter distribution over the summer.
I’m happy to have a few new photos of some of my Honduran kids to share on this Photo Friday!
When looking back through old Manna 4 Lempira videos, I found Cristian making silly faces in one! I think this video came out before I sponsored him, and I never went back and watched it until now. Here are a few screenshots:
Also from Manna 4 Lempira, I got to see some new photos of Junior. Never one to shy away from a camera, Junior always seems to find himself in front of it!
Here he is on the right with family, as they opened letters received:
And here he is getting his medical check up when the team visited during the summer. What’s cool is that I also have photos from his medical check up last year, too!
In Honduras, our Manna 4 Lempira children celebrated the Day of the Child at their centers. We were able to receive photos/videos of them having fun! I got to see a couple of my kiddos celebrating.
I caught some glimpses of Junior in the Mi Betania video (he’s in the yellow shirt):
I almost missed Cristian in the El Tablon video, but caught him the second time around (in the white shirt):
And the Mercedes centers posted photos, where I got to see several of Ludvi!
I’m guessing that’s one of her sisters that she’s holding.
Yeyson was pictured writing a letter in a photo at his center recently, too. I can’t wait to receive it from him!
And finally, I’ve been getting to see lots more posted pictures of the United with Hope tutoring program in India, where Ramya attends. The amount of photos I receive of her is truly massive, and I love it! Here are just some of my favorites:
Cristian is the other child I sponsor at the El Tablon center with Manna 4 Lempira. He is the newest of my sponsored children with Manna. I found it hard to believe he didn’t have a sponsor yet, with his fantastic smile. I also knew that his older brother had a sponsor, and Cristian had been waiting quite awhile. When I added him to my family at the end of April, it made it so that I now have one boy and one girl at each of the 3 centers, which I love! Plus his child ID number is also my favorite number, which was another sign it was meant to be 🙂
Cristian is 11, his favorite subject is math, and his favorite color is red. His favorite activity is playing soccer, and he wants to be a mason like his father when he grows up. He has 2 siblings.
When Cristian was first registered
From December 2016
From April 2017
From July 2017
I also got 2 letters from him, both written before he had a sponsor. It can’t be easy, especially as a kid, writing when you haven’t been chosen yet. But he is so thankful and a very talented artist! I can’t wait to get the next letter from him, which will be the first since I sponsored him!
First letter: “Hello. How are you? I am Cristian. It gives me much pleasure to know that I have a sponsor that is so kind with us children of Honduras. I have a very happy family. May God bless you. I know that you will be very happy and receive blessings from God. From Cristian for you with love and caring.”
Second letter: “Hello sponsors of the United States. I thank you very much for the help that you give us. Many thanks. I hope you continue helping us. We always put it in God’s hands. Thanks. Thanks a lot.”