I received this letter from Oxford last week while I was in Guatemala.
Oxford is 6 and lives in Ghana.
The letter uses the My Christian Learning template. Oxford says his favorite thing he learned about Jesus is how He cares for children. He learns most about Jesus from church and school. His favorite Bible verse is Acts 18:9 “‘Don’t be afraid’ said God to Paul”. His favorite Bible story is Paul and Silas in prison. When he prays to God, Oxford says he always prays a long life and love for his friends. He forgives his siblings when they offend him and he tells his friends about Jesus’ love. The letter says: “I pray for safe and successful trip towards you and I also want God to guide my family as usually, says Oxford. Am doing very great with the protection from the Almighty, says Oxford. Oxford says thank you for the gift you sent him!”
This is my second letter from Oxford, who just turned 6 on July 2nd! Oxford is the child I sponsored in memory of my grandmother who passed away in October, and they share the same birthday. So with the sadness of having it be the first birthday of hers with her not here for it, thinking about this little guy having a happy birthday all the way in Africa helped a lot.
Oxford is 6 and lives in Ghana.
This letter was written in the My Family template. Oxford has a sister who is 8 and two younger brothers who are 4 and 1. His family’s faith is Christian, and he lives in a town with them and his siblings. His favorite ways to help his family are in the kitchen and fetching water. The letter says: “Dear Alisa, Oxford says pray for him to humble himself in all the days of his life and God should protect you and family. When I grow, says Oxford, I will also make some difference in other peoples’ life.”
In January, I took on a very special sponsorship. I lost my grandmother in October, and I had a very difficult time with her passing, as I was very close with her. I thought that the best way to honor her was to sponsor a child in her memory, as she was all about giving and helping others, and she loved children. I searched for children with the same birthday as my grandmother over several weeks. I was looking for the right child, and I know I’d know who it was when I saw him or her. And eventually I saw Oxford and I knew. My grandmother would absolutely love this bright smile that could light up a room. Oxford became my first African child, as previously I kept all of my children to the Western Hemisphere, but it seemed fitting to expand out to Ghana for him. Whenever I see Oxford’s picture, I smile, which is a perfect way to honor someone who I still very much miss every day.
I’ve received a first letter from Oxford since I started sponsoring him, too!
Oxford is 5 and lives in Ghana.
In his introduction letter, I learned the names of Oxford’s family members, that he lives in a town, and some of his favorites. His favorite song is gospel, his favorite food is rice and stew, his favorite color is yellow, his favorite game is playing football, his favorite toy is a car, and his favorite pet is a cat. It says “Oxford is much delighted and thanks you for choosing him. Oxford says pray for him to become a doctor and to be a good boy. He prays for God to grant you a long life and also bless you abundantly in all areas of your life. He wants to know please what is your full name?”