More letters and photos from Junior!

Junior is my correspondent through Manna 4 Lempira, and the other child I have at the Mi Betania center, along with Heidy. When I sponsored Deylin, I was able to choose a boy who had been waiting as a correspondent, and Junior’s sweet smile and information drew me in. He’s another child with 10 siblings! And some of his older siblings have their own children living in the home too, so there are a lot of people in that family under one roof. Every time I’m lucky enough to see pictures of them, though, they always look so happy. And if Junior is any indication, they’re clearly doing a fantastic job. This is the happiest young boy I have ever seen, and his letters are truly long and heartfelt. Amazing for a boy who just turned 9!! I’m very blessed to get to call Junior part of my Manna family.

From December 2016

From December 2016

From April 2017

From July 2017

 

First letter (addressed to previous sponsor): “I hope that you are well alongside your dear and beloved family. I am Junior. I am 8 years old. I am in second grade. I like to read, to write, and to pay attention in classes. I really like soccer, marbles, and trompo. I also like cows. I go to church. I pray for you a lot. I have a wish. I want you to meet me so I can know you and spend time with you. Hopefully you arrive someday. We hope in God that you visit. That is my wish. Receive many greetings from my family; from me receive many kisses and hugs through the distance. I love you very much. Thank you for being my sponsor. Thank you for the letters that you wrote. God bless you very much! From Junior with much love”

Second letter (addressed to previous sponsor): “I greet you very affectionately, wishing that you are well alongside your family. After this short greeting, I tell you that I go to school and church. My father has a cornfield. It is very nice. Soon we will have ears. I ask that you pray for me and my family. That God guards and keeps us always. I feel very glad to write you again. My family wishes to meet you. I hope you come so my mother, father, and siblings meet you and your children who are beautiful. I hope that when you come to my house, I am going to show you to my teacher and my classmates. I will teach you all that I have in my house that is very nice. My favorite text is Psalm 136:26. May the Lord guard you and keep you wherever you and your family are. I love you very much! With love”

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Third letter (addressed to previous sponsor): “Hello my dear sponsor, I hope that you are well alongside your dear family and friends who surround you. It is a happy moment that I took pen and paper in one of my hands to write you this little letter to tell you that I’m thinking of you. I am very well with my parents and siblings. I am serving God. I go to the church of Betania on Sundays and Wednesdays. It is a great blessing for my life. I tell you that I go out to the fields to cut coffee so I can buy seeds for Christmas. We are going to eat many things like roasted pork, tamales, cakes, and bread with many friends. Receive many hugs through the distance. I love you very much. God bless you!”

Fourth letter (addressed to me): “Hello my dear sponsor! How are you? How is your dear family? I tell you that I feel happy to write you this letter and to know that you felt happy to read my letter. We are in Honduras. I live with my parents. My father works hard every day because our family is big. We are 10 siblings, but my 3 sisters are already married. Seven brothers stay in the house and one niece and one nephew that my parents are raising. I am the last of the family. They love very much. I smile a lot. I like to go to church. My Bible teachers are very friendly. They teach us a lot from the Word of God. They teach us to pray for each one of our sponsors. We sing. We play. We feel very happy, but most when I found out you are my new sponsor who I will love with all my heart. I tell you that I enjoyed my vocations cutting coffee in the field. I really like it. Thanks to God because He gives us health, strength, wisdom, and also you. Thank you for my backpack and the other things and the surprises. I will use it all when I return to classes on February 20. I will be in 4th grade. My favorite food is fried beans, eggs, and rice. I like to play marbles and cars. I like to ride bikes. My favorite verse is Ephesians 2:1: ‘He gave us life when we were dead in our sins and trespasses’. I hope to write you another letter soon. I hope you travel here so I can know you better. I will be praying for you and your family that God provides for you. I ask your prayers to move forward in my school. Until soon, my dear Alisa. I say goodbye with much love and affection for you. God bless you!”

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What a long letter, huh? I’m sure he has an awesome sibling who helps him. I would love so much to go visit him someday, like he talks about in his letters. Kim’s family, who runs Manna 4 Lempira, sponsor his nephew, so I’m sure he’s very eager for a sponsor to visit him, since he’s clearly very close to his nephew since they’re never far from each other in pictures.

Letter from Junior

As with Deilin yesterday, this letter from Junior was also written to his previous sponsor, as it was written before I started corresponding with him. I was grateful to receive it, though, so I can start to get to know him!

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Dear and appreciable sponsor, May the divine Creator of heaven bless you each day. May God give you and all those around you many blessings. You know, I feel very happy to have the opportunity to know people like you. I have 10 siblings. My favorite color is red. My birthday is May 14. My biggest wish is to be a farmer. My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:7- “Only be strong and very courageous. Be careful to do all the law that my servant Moses commended. Do not stray to the right hand or to the left so that you will be prosperous in all that you do.” May God care for you and give you many blessings from heaven. Until soon! May God give you many opportunities to come and see us.Thank you! Until later! I send you many kisses and hugs. Blessings! Junior

I just love how many different closings there are at the end! And I haven’t seen any picture of him without a smile on his face!

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Introducing Deilin and Junior

Along with saying goodbye to some faces, I’ve also been saying hello to some new faces. I told myself that if I got the new job, I would sponsor another Manna 4 Lempira kid. I really love this organization and what they do in Honduras since I’ve been sponsoring Heidy and Brayan with them. When Kim posted on the Manna page about Deilin writing about the loss of her father and how she honors him in church, and I saw that she wants to be a teacher, which is what I do and why I wanted to sponsor another child, I felt an immediate connection. I feel so blessed that I’m able to offer some encouragement to this sweet and beautiful young lady. When I added Deilin, I also added a correspondent, Junior, who jumped out to me. There was something about his smile that pulled at my heart. Junior is from a big family with lots of kids in the home, and I can’t wait to encourage him and make sure he feels special. Deilin is 14 and Junior is 7.

So I’ve had 2 more new kids to shop for backpack items for! If you don’t sponsor with Manna 4 Lempira, we are able to send backpacks to our kids right now, filled with school supplies and other items, which will be delivered in the winter. I’ve had fun shopping and need to get all 4 of mine in the mail very soon!