First Letter from Jorge!

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Jorge is 6 and lives in the Dominican Republic

The letter uses the My Community template. His community is located in Santo Domingo. Common types of transportation are cars, motorcycles, and buses. Common jobs in the community are housekeepers, teachers, and chauffeurs. The weather is hot. The letter says “Hello! God bless you greatly. I write to you on Jorge’s behalf. He says that he has a pet dog. His favorite color is red. He likes to play with his friends, run, watch tv, and eat. He thanks you for writing him the letter and praying for his family. With a big hug, Jorge”

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Letter from Elaina with a Photo!

This photo of beautiful Elaina with her radiating smile makes me so happy! This girl has always been a ray of sunshine.

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Elaina is 8 and lives in the Dominican Republic

“Hello! Blessings! How are you? I’m fine, thanks God. I hope you’re fine. How is your family? My family is fine, thanks God. Thank you for the gift you sent me. They bought me some shoes, flip flops, sneakers, underwear, and clothes. I liked everything a lot. Please pray for me, I will be praying for you and your family.”

Photo Updates of Manuel, Jorge, and Lucia

I love receiving photo updates and seeing new pictures of the kids and how they’ve grown!

First is Manuel, from the Dominican Republic. He attends the same center as Eliana, but their photos were not updated at the same time, as I received Eliana’s update in January. I thought Manuel looked old for his age in his last photo and now he definitely does even more so… he’s only 11!

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Next is Jorge, also from the Dominican Republic. He’s growing up! Jorge is 6 years old.

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And finally Lucia, in her last photo update before she graduates in September. She looks beautiful in the purple!

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Letter from Eliana

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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.”

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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!

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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

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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.”

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Love her cute drawing!