Less than 2 months after sponsoring little Tsegereda, I received my first letter from her! And what a sweet one it is.
Tsegereda is 3 and lives in Ethiopia.
The letter uses the All About Me template. I learned the names of her parents, brother, and friends. She lives in a town, and when she grows up she wants to be a doctor. Her favorite game is playing house, her favorite food is pasta with bread, her best school subject is Amharic alphabets, her favorite pet is a cat, her favorite Bible story is Jesus, her favorite color is yellow, her favorite song is Jesus is my Savior, and her favorite holiday is the Ethiopian New Year. The letter says “My beloved sponsor, how are you doing? My family and I are doing well. I am living with my parents and my brother. I am very happy to be sponsored by you. Where do you live in? Please pray for my better future.”
I just love the picture that she colored!
Rikelme is 14 and lives in Brazil.
“Greetings! Hello Dear Sponsor Alisa. I am happy and excited to write you a letter. How are you and your family doing? I hope this letter finds you all doing well, in Jesus’ name! My family and I are doing well, praise God! I am always praying for you and your family. I would like to know more about you and I am excited to hear from you. I want to meet you in person when I grow up! My family and I send you hugs and blessings from God! Psalm 121 for your meditation. God bless you. With affection, Rikelme”
I had been eagerly awaiting a photo update of Eliana, because I knew it was due to update any time. She looks so grown up in her new photo, but still just as happy and smiley as before! Here are the two photos side by side:
“Blessings Alisa, How are you? Eliana is very well, thanks God. She wants to know how you did in the summer. She did not go out but she went to the activities of the center and she played a lot with her cousin. Please pray for her and her family.”
I’m so proud of my girl who has been writing her letters on her own and in beautiful handwriting!
Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.
The letter uses the My Hobbies and Pets template. Angeles favorite hobby is playing with her friends. She also likes to do hobbies with her mom. She has a pet dog named Boby. She would like to have a sheep, and she would name it Mila. It would be little and white. And her favorite thing to do with pets is feed them. The letter says “Dear Sponsor Alisa, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus to thank you for your correspondence. The photos are very nice. I pray to God for you to do very well on your next trip. Is Guatemala nice? I ask for you to keep praying for God to give me lots of wisdom. I say goodbye with a hug from the distance. Angeles”
My birthday twin recently turned 14, but I received this letter before our birthday.
Luna is 14 and lives in Colombia.
“Hi dear godmother Alisa. God blesses you richly. I tell you I am happy to write you again. In this opportunity, I want to tell you about my friends: Nayarith, Daniela, Viviana, Valeria, and Andrea. I like talking and doing work in groups. Also I have a friend, she is Nayarith, she and I are best friends, we met at last school. I like to have friends to go out, talk, and play with them. Why do you like having friends? Who is your best friend? Godmother, I am happy to get your letters and presents. I feel thankful because your presents are valious. I tell you I am doing well at school. I like seeing movies and going to the park with my friends and sister. I am fine, thank God. I say goodbye and I hope for your reply soon.”
Since visiting Evelin, she has been writing very frequently! I love it, and I love how she still mentions our time together. It means so much to me that it meant so much to her. I can’t wait until I’m able to travel back to Guatemala to visit again in a future year, because this girl and her country absolutely have my heart!
The first letter was about her medical checkup. It was held at the project and her mother took her. She received talks about how to wash her hands and how to brush her teeth. The letter also had a second page attached so more could be written 🙂 All together, it says “Hello Dear Alisa, Evelin is very excited about writing to you. She loved having met you in person. Evelin wants you to take good care of yourself. She loves you very much! She thanks you for the very nice card, she loved it! What is your grandmother’s name? To answer the questions that you asked, 1. The weather is hot and sometimes it is cold. 2. She has been to the ocean once. 3. Her grandmother is doing very well and in good health. 4. She wants the children from other countries to know that Guatemala is beautiful. 5. Evelin would advise children her age to behave very well. Evelin has learned math and she thinks that other children should also learn it.”
The second letter uses the template My Community. A common job in Evelin’s community is teacher, they harvest fruits and vegetables, and they have a specific market day. Cars are used and most houses are made of adobe. It says “Dear Sponsor Alisa, Hello! Evelin thanks you for the letter and the pictures. She wants you to know that her house is surrounded by flowers and some trees. She says goodbye and wishes you a beautiful day! Evelin”
The last letter was after an inquiry for a gift that I had sent 6 months prior and hadn’t received photos from. I was thrilled to get two photos of her and her family, and to get a glimpse of their house. I got to meet her mom on our visit day, so it was really cool to see what her dad and siblings look like. I knew her siblings names and ages and was able to send gifts for them too, and now I get to put faces with the names.
“Dear Sponsor Alisa, How are you? Evelin hopes you are very well. She wants to thank you for the nice gift you sent in May. She could buy food supplies for her family, clothes for her, nice leggings, a dress, and a blouse she liked a lot. She wants you to know that classes at school are over. She is on vacation now. She will return to school at the end of January next year. In the meantime, she likes to play a lot. She enjoys playing. She has time for getting ready for her next school cycle. She loves you so much and she wants you to know that she always thinks about you. She sends you hugs. Please pray for her studies. Do you like hot weather? Are you ok? She wants to thank you for her gifts and your love.
The line “She loves you so much and she wants you to know that she always thinks about you” just melts my heart…
Cristofer’s photo updated a little early, which was a great surprise! I also really like the bright green wall as a backdrop. Since I’ve had him as a correspondent, his photo has updated twice. Here is is latest photo first, and then all of the photos together to show his growth. I adore this boy.
Cristofer is 11 and lives in Peru.
The letter says “Dear Sponsor Alisa, I am happy to write to you. Greetings in the love of our Lord Jesus. My family and I are fine. Thanks for the letter you sent me, the Bible verses you wrote me, it is true that God created everything. I will decorate the drawing of the shoes these days, I promise. I will do my best to do it well. Let me tell you that I am studying again because teachers were on strike. Thanks God, they had an agreement with the authorities from the Education Ministry and I am doing well in my classes. I got 20 in math and I will keep doing my best to do well in all subjects. I know with God’s help I will get it. By the way, which subject did you get the best grade? In the church, I have fun learning about God. Please pray for the children in my country. Goodbye with love. Thanks God for you and your family. Bye. Cristofer”
I was very glad to hear that the strike was over, as these children need school even more than they do in countries like the US. Cristofer’s great about keeping me updated about all kinds of things 🙂