Last month, the Manna 4 Lempira team visited Honduras to distribute backpacks, shoes, and letters to the children. All of the photos are now posted, and it’s such a joy to see these children with the items I lovingly picked out and packed for them!! I’m going to post the pictures by center, so first up is my children who attend the Mercedes feeding center.
Here is Brayan, who is still sticking with the grumpy photo face… It’s his signature! 🙂
Brayan just turned 5 this month, and I will have sponsored him for 2 years this spring!
Next is Ludvi, who I started sponsoring over the summer when my previous child, Deilin, left the program. She is 9 years old.
I just love how she’s beaming with the gift of her backpack!! Ludvi lives with her unemployed mother and 9 siblings, so she has very little. I was so excited to treat her and give her special things to call her own!
And finally is little Velery, who is one of my more recently sponsored Manna children. I fell in love with her spunk in her photos and video, and she’s still letting it shine through!
Velery is 3 and she just couldn’t be any cuter! Those curls are precious, and I love the dress. She seems to be happy with her baby doll!
This was my first time hearing from sweet Ludvi, who I sponsored in the summer after Deylin left the program, and she sent me not one but two letters! Ludvi comes from a very impoverished area, and she has one of the farthest walks to get to the Manna center. She’s also the only one of ten children in her family currently enrolled, and she wants to be a preacher when she grows up. Her commitment is extremely inspiring to me!
Ludvi is 9 and lives in the Mercedes community of Lempira, Honduras.
First letter: “I greet you in the blessed name of Jesus. i am very happy to be here. I send you many greetings. I have been praying for you with a lot of love and affection. I hope that you are well. Blessings for my sponsor. God bless you! I love you. I love you very much. I have been praying for you. Hell dear sponsor. I am very happy. I love you. I miss you.”
Second letter: “Hello! How are you? I greet you affectionately, wishing that you are well, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year full of many blessings. I thank you for the nice gift that you have sent me. It is a great blessing for me. Thank you! God bless you!”
My heart just melts from that first letter…
In Honduras, our Manna 4 Lempira children celebrated the Day of the Child at their centers. We were able to receive photos/videos of them having fun! I got to see a couple of my kiddos celebrating.
I caught some glimpses of Junior in the Mi Betania video (he’s in the yellow shirt):
I almost missed Cristian in the El Tablon video, but caught him the second time around (in the white shirt):
And the Mercedes centers posted photos, where I got to see several of Ludvi!
I’m guessing that’s one of her sisters that she’s holding.
Yeyson was pictured writing a letter in a photo at his center recently, too. I can’t wait to receive it from him!
And finally, I’ve been getting to see lots more posted pictures of the United with Hope tutoring program in India, where Ramya attends. The amount of photos I receive of her is truly massive, and I love it! Here are just some of my favorites:
When Deilin left the Manna 4 Lempira program, I knew that I wanted to add another girl. The team had just registered many new children when they were in Honduras last month that were going to be available for sponsorship last week, while I was in Guatemala. I was able to look through some of their profiles and videos before I left. I was drawn more to girls from Mercedes, because that’s where Deilin was from. There were many wonderful girls that I would have been lucky to sponsor. But I felt an immediate connection with Ludvi. After time and prayer, I still felt so pulled to her, and I couldn’t get her off of my mind. So the morning that these children were available, I used the wifi in my hotel room and shared my heart as why I felt called by God to Ludvi, asking to be considered to be her sponsor. I didn’t get to see any messages back until I arrived back at the hotel that evening and connected back to the wifi, but I knew it was in God’s hands. Apparently, many other sponsors were also interested in sponsoring Ludvi. I wasn’t surprised, due to her heartstring-pulling profile and sweet smile. But then I had another message, that stated that after prayerful consideration by Manna 4 Lempira, I was going to be Ludvi’s sponsor. I was so excited, especially being currently surrounded by poverty in Central America at that very moment, because I knew what an honor it was and one that I do not take lightly.
So, now I can officially introduce Ludvi as a new member of my family! She is 9 years old and has 9 siblings. They all have a single, unemployed mother. I found out that Ludvi has to walk very far to get to the church. Her favorite color is pink, and she loves playing with dolls. She wants to be a preacher when she grows up. Can you see why I want to shower this girl with love?