Letter from Finka and a Photo Update

Out of all of my Compassion children, my experience with Finka in Indonesia has been the only one that has been abnormally inconsistent. I don’t blame her in the least, or even her center, because I know they are busy doing great work with the children there. I’m just glad that I know that this is abnormal thanks to the many other children I have that have always been consistent, and I’m very grateful to the Compassion staff here in the US who are always willing to help out.

First, after getting my introduction letter from Finka and then not hearing anything for over 6 months, an inquiry had to be sent. I received two letter from her not far apart from each other after that, but all 3 letters had different handwriting. I’m still not sure if someone else was writing or why since there was never any explanation on the letters. The third one indicated that there should have been a photo attached for a gift that I sent, but since there wasn’t one, another inquiry had to be sent. Now I received my fourth letter. It’s very sweet and loving, and it seems like it was written by her, and there were photos attached, but they were just of the items purchased. I thought it was odd, because all of my other gift photos had the child in them, and sure enough it is Compassion policy for the child or a family member to be in the photo, so yet another inquiry was just sent.

I don’t mind, and I’m happy to support her. My sponsorship of her is not about me- it’s about her, so as long as she’s receiving the support, I’m happy. And this latest letter is a great reminder of that. Additionally, last week I received a photo update of Finka! It gives me peace of mind that she is still active at the center and receiving that support by seeing the new photo of her.

She’s now 16 and becoming a very beautiful young lady!

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She has the exact same smile in her newest and her first photos! 🙂

“Greetings in the love of our Lord, it’s nice to meet you, Alisa. I’m grateful to God for only by His amazing grace that I’m in good health and free to move. I can also go to school and do my daily routine, all according to God’s guidance. Thank you for the letter as well as the gift that I already received, Alisa. The gift was well spent on school equipment, bag, shoes, and clothes. I would like to thank you for the birthday wishes. I already received all the letters that you sent me. It was indeed part of the Christmas tradition to decorate a Christmas tree. However, it was only done at church and the houses of families who could afford to buy a Christmas tree. As for me, we don’t have a Christmas tree at home. I saw the picture of the Christmas tree that you sent, it was a big and beautiful tree. I am so grateful to have a family who loves me. God has blessed me with such an amazing parent like you, Alisa. Even though I don’t have a mother and father anymore, but God has granted me a caring family. I go to Vocational High School and I’m in the first year. I will have the grade promotion exams soon, I chose the Agriculture Program. I’d kindly ask you to support me with your prayers, please pray that God will grant me spiritual intelligence so I could learn to be a better person. Goodbye for now. May Lord Jesus bless you. Best Wishes”

Here is the photo of what she bought:

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Finka is still listed as above average in school, and I’m proud of her for doing well in high school and choosing her area of study. To hear her call me a parent melts my heart. Both of her parents have passed away. She used to love with her grandmother and now she lives with her aunt and uncle.

Photos of Nicholas and Shadia Receiving their Gifts

The weekend after I sent the donations for Nicholas and Shadia, for which I got receipts and found that Joy keeps very meticulous records, I received lots of pictures of them receiving their gifts! I was almost in tears to see the joy of this family, who has so little and who has been through so much, receiving simple things but things that are so needed. I was glad for the opportunity to send money instead of a package, as I didn’t have to worry about high international shipping fees and I knew I could trust Joy to purchase the right sizes and items for them. She promised me lots of pictures to make me feel like I was there with them, and she certainly did send lots!

Here are just some of them with items they received:

Joy told me how happy the children and their mother were. Along with toys for the kids, they also got clothing, shoes, and underwear. And the family got food, which was very needed. Seeing the beautiful smiles on their faces made my heart so full. I now love and care so very much about this family on the other side of the world that I very likely will never meet. But we are connected through prayer, though letters, and through God.