Letter from Jofre

I received a great letter from Jofre recently!

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Jofre is 10 and lives in Ecuador

“Dear Alisa, receive cordial greetings from your sponsored child. I want to tell you that I’m very happy for the letter that you sent. I’m also happy because God gave us one more day of life. My favorite subject is mathematics and language. My favorite sport is soccer and tennis. My best friends are Kevin and Jonathan. The names of my siblings are Kevin, Saul, William, and Diana. Diana is studying to be a doctor. What are the names of your family members? I’m attending the Compassion project called “Lux de Vida”, and I’m also attending church. I remind you that the Carnival is coming. I would like to learn to play the violin and piano. Thank you for the letter that you sent. Please pray for my family and my siblings. I would like to ask you, are you doing well with your family?”

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I love all of his varied interests and how well-rounded he seems to be. And how cool is it that his sister is studying to be a doctor? I wonder if she was a Compassion child too. His drawing is a little sad, but I’m sure there’s an explanation behind it 😉

Letter from Jofre’s Pastor

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Jofre lives in Ecuador

“Dear Alisa, Receive a warm and special greeting in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I wish that the Lord may spill many blessings on your life. I am Pedro, pastor of the Bilingual Gospel Center “Embajadores del Rey” and the Compassion Child Development Center, “Luz de Vida”, ministering to Jofre.

I am very grateful to you for helping Jofre in all his needs. Thanks to you, various ministries have grown considerably. Sponsor support is invaluable to our kids; they feel your love and kindness despite the distance.

Our community is in an area of extreme poverty, where work is scarce due to population migration. It is impressive to see how young people are desperate to leave the community, in order to find somewhere with better opportunities in life. It is for this reason that our greatest challenge is to positively influence the lives of youth, instilling in them the love of their roots and parents. We want to help them excel in school, so that one day they can become professionals and in the future help their family, and the community of their birth.

The vision of the church is to provide a ministry to preach the Word of God to transform the mindset of families. And also we want children and adolescents to fulfill their dream of being professional and have an ecclesial ministry in the service of the church. The vision of the Center is to prepare children in the spiritual and academic areas, so that they become good people with strong values. Compassion International and the Center play a ver important role within the community. The Center is recognized as the benchmark of service and social aid to children. Therefore, anyone who has a need or trouble asks the pastors for help and then is drawn to the Lord. We offer family counseling, health and hygiene training, spiritual talks and workshops for parents. And we also do community service through “mingas”, which helps to clean the place where we live. Our community is all very supportive and united. We all give each other a hand in times of need.

Last year we had close to 80 young people who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and 60 of them were baptized. The same people are now involved in the church youth ministry, being an example for families and future generations. We currently have close to 60 families who attend the church. All this is thanks to the financial and spiritual support we receive from sponsors like you.

It’s very important for Compassion Children to know they have a sponsor somewhere far away from here. But more important is that they feel your love for them, that you’re constantly praying for them, that you congratulate them on their birthday, sent cards, letters, etc. Many times they don’t get all this from their parents, so you have to know that your attention means a lot to them, and they do appreciate it greatly. For this I encourage you to communicate with Jofre regularly.

Please keep praying for us, as leaders of the church, that the Lord will give us wisdom to continue working on behalf of our children. I will also pray for you. So that God will bless you in all you do and undertake.

Again, we thank you very much for all the blessings we continue receiving from you. With love, I say goodbye, but not before telling you that you invest your resources in the best bank, which is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessings, Pastor Pedro”

First Letter from Jofre

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Jofre is 10 and lives in Ecuador.

“Dear Godmother, receive a cordial greeting from our Savior Jesus Christ. I want to thank you for the letters you have sent me. I send you great greetings and I want to tell you that on Monday I have a soccer inauguration. I thank you for the special gifts you have sent me, thanks. I want to tell you that on Sunday I went to Baños with my family. I want to ask you: how is your family? I want to ask you the list of your family. I study at Nidia Jaramillo School, I am in 6th grade of basic education, my favorite subjects are: Math and Language and my favorite sports are Volleyball and Soccer, I enjoy a lot on recess time. I want you to remember that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are approaching and we start another New Year. I thank you dear godmother with these words, thank you for the letters and for everything. Please pray for my family, for me, and my studies. I would like to ask you: how are you and your family?”

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So sweet- I loved the reminder about the holidays!

Introducing Jofre!

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:

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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!