Letter from Jhonatan’s Church

I received this letter from Jhonatan’s church in El Salvador.

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Dear Alisa, May God bless you. My name is Victor Manuel Antonio Torres Diaz. I have the honor of greeting you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am the representative of Elis Christian Mission in Sonsonate, El Salvador. I minister to Jhonatan at the Caminando de la Mano con Jesús Child Development Center.

I want to thank you for your great love you give to Jhonatan in our Center. Thanks to your prayers and support we can transform our children’s lives.

God is working in our children’s lives. They live in different communities close to our church. In those communities they face different problems and we are praying that God stops violence and makes our children’s communities safe. We work hard every day in order to release our children from spiritual, physical, social, and emotional poverty in the name of Jesus Christ.

The vision of our church is focused on the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have to go to villages, streets, neighborhoods, and communities proclaiming that our Lord Jesus is the only one who can transform the lives of men, women, and children. Through evangelism and support of the Center our activities are aimed at making our children’s parents know Jesus and their lives are transformed by the Holy Spirit.

I cry for joy when I see children and their families giving their hearts to Jesus and receiving Him as their personal savior. This year 50 children have received Jesus and 10 children have been baptized so far. When I listen to them, I realize what God is doing in them. They are different than other children in our community.

We have been blessed with the participation in many activities and I am amazed to see how God used the talent of our children who are in the Compassion National Choir. Other children play musical instruments in our church.

Thanks to God, in our church there are many ministries to glorify the name of God. We evangelize through home groups in different communities where our children and their families attend.

I want to thank you so much for being the sponsor of Jhonatan. I tell you that all the children get so excited when they receive a sponsor letter. The correspondence from sponsors is very important for children, they keep every letter they receive and place it in a special place. They save all letters they have received and become part of their valuable belongings. Every day they ask to the coordinator if they have received a letter. It is something very important for them.

At the beginning of this letter I introduced myself as a representative of our church because our dear Pastor passed away on February 3rd, 2014. That was a hard time for the members of our church and many children. However, we remember how he worked hard to release children from poverty in the name of Jesus.

I hope with all my heart that God rewards you for praying for Jhonatan in this Center. i ask you to never stop praying for the Center, tutors, our children, our children’s families, and our church, that God always supports this mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for all you do to glorify God. I remind you that all you do in the earth will be rewarded in the heaven.

May God bless you, Sincerely, Victor Manuel Antonio Torres Diaz

Letter from Jose’s Pastor

I received this letter from Jose’s pastor in El Salvador.

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Dear Alisa, May or Lord Jesus Christ bless you greatly. May name is Reverand Rolando Ernesto Doradea Bustamante. I am the pastor of Tabernáculo Bíblico Bautista Comasagua and the Huellitas de Jesus Children Development Center ministering to Jose Geovany.

Thank you for loving and sponsoring Jose. It is a great blessing for him. This ministry is located in a picturesque village located on the top of a very important mountain range called Cordillera del Bálsamo. Our children grow up surrounded by pine trees and coffee trees. I am sure you have tried delicious coffee made of these coffee beans.

Even though there is richness of vegetation in our village, people are very poor. Most of the inhabitants lack education so that they have no steady job and cannot support their families. They do not live in decent houses and there are sicknesses and children’s malnutrition. our inhabitants are very vulnerable, especially our children.

Therefore, the valuable contribution of Compassion International helps up so much to supply the needs of our community. We help them in different ways. We give our children food and clothes. We also generate jobs for the members of our church who serve in our ministries. However our noblest work is to make our children accept Jesus Christ in their hearts.

Our children strengthen their spiritual lives and value from the letters they receive from sponsors. These letters bring such joy and happiness and excitement. They feel loved and cared for and encouraged. This relationship created through letter writing is most beneficial. These letters have blessed our children more than you can imagine. It is important that sponsors write to their children. The children also benefit greatly and enjoy sponsor visits. This year we enjoyed a group visit and the children had so much fun.

As our community faces big problems every day, our vision is to make a new Comasagua with Christian citizens who change their environment for good. I am sure it will come true as long as we have faith in our Lord.

I ask you to continue to pray for us. I ask you to pray especially that our Lord Jesus Christ continues to use our lives to reach more people, show them the kingdom of Heaven, and give food, clothes, shoes, and medicine to our children.

Finally, we thank you for your valuable support to Jose. We owe you your great love and compassion you show us day after day, minute after minute, and second after second. We ask you to pray for us. Remember  that we are praying for you.

Your servant in Jesus Christ, Pastor Rolando Ernesto Doradea Bustamante

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 Lucia

Could Lucia’s letters be any more adorable??

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Lucia is 21 and lives in El Salvador.

“Beloved Alisa, I send a warm and lovely greeting, hoping deeply God blesses your family with health. Throughout this short letter I want to tell you about my future dreams. What I want to be most is a chef. I would like to prepare delicious food but also, I would like to visit Egypt pyramids, and to know the tallest building in the world. I would be excited to sail by ship. Another dream that I have is to know my supporter because I love her, and I want to give her lots of hugs. I would like to meet a famous artist. Do you know the pyramids? I feel grateful because of the letter and three pictures, they are gorgeous. Here in trees live squirrels, birds, and snakes. There are fruit trees, such as: mangoes, avocados, oranges, zapote, how delicious they are! Please pray for me because I need His protection everywhere. With love, Lucia”

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She’s so cute. I love that meeting me was among her many dreams! Her dreams are sweet and ambitious and the genuineness of her writing is the best. I knew as soon as I saw Lucia that I had to be her sponsor, and I’m so very grateful that I am!

Letter from Lucia

I am this close to signing up for the sponsor tour to El Salvador this summer. The only thing holding me back is the possibility, however slim, of the dates working out for a trip with Manna 4 Lempira to Honduras. I’m not positive working Summer Diagnostics this summer at the school I teach at, but it’s likely and if I do and Manna goes in June, it won’t work. As someone who likes to have a plan, I hope I can figure it all out soon!

This letter is extra special because she wrote it by herself without the help of a project worker!

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Lucia is 21 and lives in El Salvador.

“May God bless you Alisa, I am very happy that this is the first letter I write to you. Today I want to tell you about my learning in the project. Here I learned to communicate with God by praying. I sing nice praise songs in the spiritual area. In the socioemotional area I get along with others and am supportive. In the cognitive area I take school reinforcement. In the physical area they teach us how to have a good diet in order to be healthy. Something very important they teach us about Jesus is that He gave us salvation. We can learn about Him at church and my family loves me. What is your favorite thing about my project? I tell you they taught us about self-esteem and my value to God. I also thank you for your letter and photograph. I crochet. Please pray that I improve my learning at school. With love, Lucia”

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I love the way she draws her people! I also love that she is learning about her value to God. Lucia is getting so many opportunities and experiences that she wouldn’t otherwise get if it weren’t for Compassion, and I’m SO grateful for it!

Introducing Jhonatan!

The next new correspondent child that was added to my international family was Jhonatan. Jhonatan is from El Salvador, the country that there is a very real possibility I could be traveling to in July. Since considering the trip to El Salvador to see Lucia, I’ve now received 2 more correspondents from there.

Jhonatan is 10 now, and here are his two previous photos along with his current one. He was such a cute little guy, and I love the middle one where he is laughing! Now that he’s older he is more serious in his picture, but I’d love to see a smile on his face again.

Jhonatan has only had one sponsor, but he’s only received one letter. I’m grateful to his sponsor for letting me write to him so that he can start receiving letters regularly.

Jhonatan’s hobbies are learning about God, listening to Bible stories, spending time with friends, group games, hide and seek, and soccer. He’s in 3rd grade where his favorite subject is language.

Introducing Jose!

So for awhile, I’ve been going back and forth on the Compassion trip this summer to El Salvador. It’s in July, which is the best month for me. It would be my only chance to meet sweet Lucia before she graduates. And it’s only 5 days, so the cost isn’t too bad. I’ve felt the pull, then I thought maybe no, then I didn’t know. I’m also waiting to hear from Manna 4 Lempira about their summer trips and the dates and prices for those. Because my Manna kids have been asking more and more lately about me visiting, and I adore those kids and in what other trip would I get to meet so many of my sponsored kids at once?? It’s definitely a goal of mine to take a trip to Honduras with Manna 4 Lempira in the next couple years, at least. Hopefully they announce soon, to help me figure this out…

Anyway, in the meantime of me looking for a sign for El Salvador, I was assigned a new correspondent from you can guess where. A sign? Maybe! And just look at what his shirt says! Jose is 7 and he’s had 2 sponsors but never received a letter or a gift. Well, before now!