Letter from Eliana


Eliana is 8 and lives in the Dominican Republic.

The letter uses the My Hopes and Dreams for the Future template. In the future, Eliana hopes to learn about art and learn another language. She wants to be a singer and she wants to visit another country. In the future, she hopes to meet me. The letter says “Hello Alisa, how are you? I am fine, thank God. How is your family? My family is fine, thank God. What do you like most about the Holidays? I like the New Years celebration. Please pray for myself. I will pray for you.”


I hope to meet her one day, too 🙂

Introducing Jorge!

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!

Introducing Manuel!

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!

Letter from Elaina


Elaina is 8 and lives in the Dominican Republic

The letter uses the My School template. She says that she is in 2nd grade, her uniform is blue, and her favorite subject is Spanish because that is her favorite teacher. The letter says: “God bless you, Alisa, how are you? I’m fine, thank God. I hope you are fine. How have you been doing? I’m doing well at school. What are you going to do at Christmas? I will play a lot. I hope you write soon. I ask you to please pray for my family. I will pray for you and your family.”


Love her cute drawing!

New Photo of and Letter from Eliana

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.”


Letter from the Country Director of the Dominican Republic

This week I am sharing the Country Director letter from the Dominican Republic. I sponsor sweet Elaina there.


“Dear Alisa, My name is Kleber Lora, and I am the Country Director of Compassion in the Dominican Republic. I joined Compassion in 2005 after a time of prayer, asking the Lord for an opportunity to serve the impoverished. My wife Layla and I have three children. Our older daughter came to us as a foster daughter when we were asked to be a transition home for her for a week. That time became 10 years! Now she is a teacher in a Christian school and has three beautiful children, my grandchildren.

Making a difference one child at a time is what Compassion has been doing in the DR for the last 46 years. My heart rejoices, knowing that we have reached so many children. Currently, more than 60,000 are receiving help through 175 church partners, thanks to sponsors like you. I am so grateful for your love and support for Elaina.

Some of our country-specific struggles include a high mortality rate in children under five and a high mortality rate for mothers in childbirth. Nearly 40 percent of the population is living in poverty, and 15 percent don’t have access to adequate drinking water.

Loren Eiseley wrote a story, often retold, about a man on a beach. He noticed someone else bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The other person was throwing starfish into the ocean, because the tide had washed them onto the beach, and they couldn’t return to the sea by themselves. In most versions, the observer tells the thrower he can’t possibly make a difference. The latter replies, after throwing another starfish as far as he could, ‘It made a difference for that one!’

This story reminds me of a boy who was found walking without shoes by a neighbor. His mother and grandmother had passed away; his father, cousin and aunt were working. The child slept on the floor; he used to eat at his neighbor’s. Nobody was taking care of him. That neighbor, who used to be a tutor in a Compassion child development center, saw his need and talents. She brought him to church. He found a sponsor, and now he has become a responsible, obedient Christian teenager who plays the piano at church and dreams of going to college. Isn’t it amazing how God uses us to change the life of a child?

As the children hear the Word of God, they have the opportunity to receive Jesus in their hearts, and their families do too. Our impoverished communities don’t have safe places for the children to play; they find that place at the center. Also, the children receive love, care, curriculum classes, meals and vocational training that equip them for a better future. This brings hope to our hearts.

The center is like the second home for the children, but having a sponsor is a unique blessing for each child. Children wait with all their heart for their sponsors’ letters. A sponsor becomes a friend that encourages them, tells them that they’re loved, that they are in their prayers, and also asks them in detail about their life, parents and school. This is a highlight of the program. I encourage you to write as often as possible.

Currently, in the DR we have more than 300 churches applying to open a Compassion center in their communities. In 2017, we want to provide new sponsorship opportunities to thousands of children in need in partnership with at least 16 new church partners. Also, after implementing more than 20 water-purification plants in the last five years, we want to help provide access to adequate water in at least three new communities in the next year.

Thank you for your commitment to help those who don’t have a voice. Thank you for your effort and support that make such a difference to Elaina. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him!

In Jesus, Kleber Lora”

Letter from Elaina

I received a letter last week from my Elaina, and it’s the first letter she’s written herself- always an exciting milestone! My dilemma with Elaina, is that sometimes, like in this one, her letters spell her name as Eliana. It’s common for kids to switch up spellings, especially the ones in Latin America, I’ve noticed, but this would change the pronunciation as well, so I want to make sure I’m getting it right. I’ve had Compassion sometimes list kids as going by a name that they don’t go by, so I’m wondering if there might have been a typo when they entered her name?


Elaina is 7 and lives in the Dominican Republic

The letter uses the What I Like Best Template, but she left this side blank and didn’t fill it out 😉 I knew right away that she used marker, though, because you can see the marker coming through on the front! The letter says “Dear Alisa, Receive blessings! How are you? I’m well, thanks God. I want to tell you that I’m anxious and happy for the outing from the center to the Zoo. It has been of great happiness. I ask you to pray for me and my family. I will be praying for you. With love, Eliana”

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