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?

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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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Letter from Elaina

Here is my latest letter from Elaina. I’ve been receiving quite a few letters from her lately and I’m loving it!

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Elaina is 7 and lives in the Dominican Republic

The letter uses the My Dreams template. Elaina marked that when she grows up she would like to be a doctor and someday she would like to meet me (“my sponsor”). Someday she would like to visit an amusement park and travel on a plane. The letter says: “Dear Alisa, Blessings. How are you? I’m very well, thank God. The weather in my country is a little rainy. I have never gone to the sea, but I do go to the beach. Thank you for the letter that you sent me. I liked it. I’d like to do a sleepover with you someday. I’m sorry about your grandmother. I ask you to pray for me and my family and I will pray for you.”

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I was actually about thisclose to going to the Dominican Republic this summer, which would have been last month, but in the end, the trip I made the very difficult decision to attend was to Guatemala this month. So hearing her say that she would like to meet me and have a sleepover plays on my guilt and pulls on my heartstrings. But ideally, I’ll get to visit the DR in the future, too. So Elaina, one day, I hope. I’d love to meet you, too.

Letters from Elaina

I’ve received 3 more letters from Elaina since my last update.

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Elaina is 7 and lives in the Dominican Republic

Her first letter used the “My Friends” template. I learned the name of her friend, and that they like to eat ice cream. She said her friend is special because she loves to share, and they met in their neighborhood. Her tutor writes “Dear Alisa, how are you? I hope you’re fine. The girl is fine, thank God. Thanks for the letter and stickers, she liked it. We have nice weather because Christmas is coming. She asks, how do you feel after surgery? She hopes you’re fine. Please pray for her. Regards.”

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Her second letter used the “Festivals and Holidays” template. Elaina’s favorite holiday is Christmas, she likes to eat chicken on Christmas and have dinner with her family. They celebrate New Years with relatives and friends. It says “Dear Alisa, Hello! How are you doing? This letter is written on behalf of Elaina. She is doing very well thank God. She hopes you are doing fine. Elaina lives with her father, grandmother, and sister. Who do you live with? She wants to know if you are doing better from your surgery. Please pray for her and her family. She will pray for you and your family.”

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The third letter came through just a few weeks after the second! It’s such a treat to get 2 letters from a child in one month! It used the “My Project” template. Elaina goes to her project 2 days a week. She usually eats oatmeal there. A typical activity is listening to Bible stories. It says “Hello dear Alisa, I am writing to you on behalf of your sponsored child Elaina. Blessings Alisa! The child is very well thank God. She wonders how are you? She hopes that you are very well. She thanks you for the picture that you sent to her and she liked it so much and she expects more. How did you spend Christmas? She spent it very well. She thanks you for the project’s dinner and bonus. She hopes that you pray for her and her family. She says goodbye to you with a lot of love.”

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Letter from Elaina

I received Elaina’s introductory letter! I may be having an opportunity to visit her in June, now that I know the June dates for the trip to the DR. I’ve always wanted to go to the DR, and I’ve sponsored Elaina slightly longer than Adali, but I feel that I’m cheating Adali if I choose Elaina over her. I’m praying about my decision that God guides me in the right direction. In the meantime, here’s a letter from this cutie!

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Elaina is 6 and lives in the Dominican Republic.

In her letter, I learned about her family, that she likes dolls, that she lives in the city, and that her house is made of blocks. Here is the letter:

Dear Alisa. Hello! How are you? I hope very well. I’m writing you on behalf of the child Elaina. She is very well, thanks God. She wants to share with you that she really likes vegetables and meat. She likes green color. She asks which one you like. Her favorite animals are dogs, and her favorite subject is math. She is greatly happy for your sponsorship. Thank you very much! I ask you to pray for her family and for her. She will remember you in her prayers. Yours, Elaina.

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Introducing Elaina

Just when I think I’m done for the time being, I’m reminded again that it’s not my plan; it’s God’s. This little sweetheart is my newest sponsored child, and I couldn’t be more in love. Somehow, some way, I ended up coming across her picture. Her radiant smile immediately caught my attention. But when I read her bio, I knew without a doubt, I was supposed to be the sponsor for Elaina. Elaina lives with only her father, mom is out of the picture, and her father is unemployed. I see this sweet little smiling 6 year old, her picturing showing how taken care of and loved she is, despite her family’s difficulties. I can only imagine how hard it must be for him, and my heart is so full of wanting to reach out to both Elaina and her father, helping and encouraging them, and letting them know that they matter and they are loved. It also so happens that the Dominican Republic has been on my heart for a long time, and I knew I wanted to eventually sponsor a child there, so with that being where Elaina is from, it was another sign of the puzzle pieces all fitting. I wrote to all of my kiddos last night, including Elaina’s first letter, as Mondays are letter writing days for me. But when I logged on this morning before work, I was shocked to see that Elaina’s letter had already gone through the translation process and was available to view as a completed letter! Wow! I feel so blessed to begin my journey with this sweet girl, and I pray that I am able to bless her and her father in the way that God has planned.

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