I’m happy to have a few new photos of some of my Honduran kids to share on this Photo Friday!
When looking back through old Manna 4 Lempira videos, I found Cristian making silly faces in one! I think this video came out before I sponsored him, and I never went back and watched it until now. Here are a few screenshots:
Also from Manna 4 Lempira, I got to see some new photos of Junior. Never one to shy away from a camera, Junior always seems to find himself in front of it!
Here he is on the right with family, as they opened letters received:
And here he is getting his medical check up when the team visited during the summer. What’s cool is that I also have photos from his medical check up last year, too!
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:
Sometimes extra photos of my kids are posted, which is always exciting!
Here are some extra photos of Junior. Junior is 8, lives in Honduras, and I correspond with him through Manna 4 Lempira.
He is the kid with the perpetual smile and I love it!
I sponsor Maria with Manna 4 Lempira. She is 14 and also lives in Honduras.
She is on the right in both pictures.
Last week, I added two new Manna 4 Lempira children to my family. I had been praying over all of the children that needed sponsors. Suddenly, one night I felt a pull on my heart that hadn’t been there before for Yeyson and Greysi, siblings. I said an extra prayer for them and went to bed. As I was trying to fall asleep, they weighed heavily on me, and I began to think about sponsorship. But, with it being so close to the time of the year we send backpacks full of school supplies and gifts for our sponsored kids, and already having 6 kids to purchase and send items for, I really wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to add on 2 more. That night, I had a dream about Yeyson and Greysi, and I was their sponsor. The dream was very vivid and impactful, and I woke up with a clear meaning from it on my heart. Sponsor them, and everything else will work out.
I knew how happy they’d be to receive their backpacks full of gifts. Why wait over a month, if I knew I wanted to sponsor them anyway and deny them that? Making things easier on myself is definitely not a good enough answer.
So that morning, I requested to sponsor these sweet siblings from El Tablon. They have a single, unemployed mother. Even though I’ve never sponsored siblings together in the past, it makes so much sense that I can give encouragement to all three of them as a family unit.
Yeyson is 8, and his favorite subject is Drawing. His favorite color is blue and his favorite activity is playing soccer. When he grows up, he wants to be a teacher (I have a special place in my heart, of course, for all children who do).
Greysi just turned 3 this week. She’ll start school in February. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite activity is playing with dolls. She also has one of the cutest smiles I have ever seen. I love how hard she is smiling, but she’s still peeking through with one eye open!
I’ve loved getting to shop for them along with my other Manna kids. It’s all working out! Because without a doubt, I knew I was meant to sponsor these two.
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?
I’ve only ever received two letters from Brayan, which is much less than any of the other kids I sponsor with Manna 4 Lempira. Any other letter period, I receive at least one letter from each of my other kids, but only during two letter periods, did I ever receive any letter from Brayan. Because of this, I don’t know him as well as my other kids, but of course I still love him dearly. I do hope, as he’s getting older, I’ll start to receive more mail from him, even if it’s just a drawing. Up until now, none of the photos of him have ever shown him smiling. I think he’s camera shy, and I always had to imagine what his smile looked like. Well, in the photos posted the night before my trip, I finally got to see this little guy’s smile for the first time ever, and it is even better than I imagined!! I was thrilled!
From December 2016
From April 2017
From July 2017 😀
Doesn’t he have the cutest smile ever??
First Letter: “Dear Alisa, I am glad because I play with the toys. I hope that someday we can meet and share. May God bless you. I felt glad when I received the letter. My family and I pray for your family and you. I have a puppy called Tamos. He is very cute. I would like to have more photos of you. May God bless you today and always. These are my few words. Remember that my family always prays for you. Blessings!”
The baby photo is such a sweet gesture that I treasure!
Second letter: “Dear Alisa, I am very happy to receive my backpack. Everything is very nice. I am happy to have you as my sponsor. The toys are precious. I love you very much with affection and greetings through the distance. I wish for the peach of God to flood your life with love and blessings. Have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. I love you very much!”
The Manna 4 Lempira Mercedes summer updates were posted the evening before I left for Guatemala. I eagerly anticipated the photos of the final 2 of my Manna kids. I was very excited to see both of their photos. But then I received an email with some sad news. The email said that Deilin had left the program, and that I would be able to send a final letter to her. In the Manna group on Facebook, I saw that many other sponsors also lost children, most of which were teenage girls too. We found out more information, that these children were not meeting the school attendance requirements of the program, so they couldn’t be enrolled anymore. However, if at any point they do decide to attend school again, they can be reenrolled. I’ve absolutely loved my time sponsoring Deilin and getting to know her huge heart, so it’s very sad to have to say goodbye and end that relationship prematurely. I will continue to pray for her, of course, and hope that my final letter can offer some last words of encouragement to this girl who is beautiful on both the outside and the inside.
From December 2016
From April 2017
From July 2017
First letter (addressed to previous sponsor): “Hello! How are you? I hope that you and all your family are well. Thanks for my gift that you sent me. I really like the things; the purse, the books, and the colored pencils. I like it all. Thank you for always remembering me. I tell you that my sister Asly’s sponsor came here to the church where we meet. The pastor is Israel Portillo. I ask God that He allows me to meet you. God bless you! I love you very much! TKM- Te quiero mucho- I love you very much.”
Second letter: “Dear Alisa, I am happy for all the things you sent me in the backpack. I am very happy to have a beautiful sponsor like you, Alisa. You gave me many things, and I like all the things. For that I will never forget you. I hope you do not forget me. I am a smart, respectable, and honorable girl. I really like to come to church. I really like to draw. I hope you are happy all your life.”
Third letter: “Dear Alisa, Know that I give thanks to God that I have you as a sponsor. I ask God to keep you and bless each day. I live in Honduras, in the department of Lempira. My age is very beautiful because I have learned and enjoyed getting to know God. I am grateful with God for having you cross my path, and to be able to know a person as special as you. Also I have two brothers. I wish them the best. I love them very much. I thank you for the trust and friendship that you offer. I have always wanted to have a friend like you. My friends are Estrella, Beylin, Belkis, Lixi, Sulmy, and especially you. I really like the school. My favorite class is Math. I love to work with numbers and natural science. I would like to give classes of 3-4 years. I thank God for the backpack which has been very useful, and for the notebooks and everything else. Thank you. May God bless you! TKM- Te quiero mucho- I love you very much.”