I just love Jesús’ newest photo. He’s a very thoughtful kid.
And he’s growing up so much! (click on the photos to see them larger)
Endalu is only 14, but he’s already looking much older in his latest photo!
He’s going to be very tall, too! (click on the photos to see them larger)
I received this letter from Endalu’s pastor in Ethiopia.
Dear Alisa, “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the unity of the Holy Spirit be with you.
My name is Mitiku Bireda and I am a pastor at the Kolfe Mekane Yesus Church which runs the Child Development Center attended by Endalu. I serve the children and their parents in prayer and counseling.
Our center is located in an area called Kolfe of the Addis Ababa region. There are 248 children supported in this Center and they and their parents are very happy with this. I want to thank you on behalf of our church for your continuous and vital support of Endalu. May God richly bless you.
This area is densely populated and the majority of the inhabitants are very poor lacking even the basic needs of life. They work mainly as daily laborers. The Center is bringing a great change in the area by teaching their children to change the living of the community. We impose good ethics and spread the Gospel widely. The contribution is increasing from time to time. It has also created an opportunity to work for the workers in this Center. Our children are undergoing holistic development and transformation.
The letter communication of the children with their sponsors satisfies and encourages the children. This year a sponsor of one child came and met with his child. This child and his family rejoiced in this. This year over 200 children received letters from their sponsors. The prayers that they do for each other are very encouraging and pleasing. The Bible also teaches us to carry one another’s burden. I recommend you keep up your letter communication with Endalu.
I ask you in the Lord’s love to pray for our children, their parents, and for the other children in our community that don’t come to the Center. Also pray that God helps us implement our plan of constructing a worship building for our church.
At last, I thank you again for the support you extend to Endalu. I say God richly bless you. Sincerely, Mitiku Bireda
The second of the new correspondents I’ve had added to my international family is another boy from Ethiopia, but this time an older one. Meet 14 year old Endalu! Here he is along with his previous photo.
Endalu is now my third 14 year old boy. I just love Rikelme and Marcus, my other two, and I think it’s such a great age to get to write to, so I’m excited to write to Endalu too!
Endalu has lots of hobbies, including playing sports, art, running, singing, soccer, story telling, and swimming. He has many household duties, which include carrying water, child care, cleaning, making beds, and running errands. He’s in 7th grade and his favorite school subjects are art, history, and language. The average income of his community is only $12 a month.
He has had 5 previous sponsors and only ever received 3 letters, which breaks my heart, but that will change now!!