El Tablon is the feeding center with Manna for Lempira that I have the most sponsored children with. I am so tempted to sponsor another one or two specific children there that are calling to my heart, but since visiting Honduras with Manna may now be a very real possibility this summer, I’m conflicted about whether it may be too many children at one center…
Maria is 12 and my oldest Manna child. With each new profile she still says she wants to be a doctor, and I really think she can do it.
I love how it looks like she’s laughing about something. I just love this girl!
Every time that I see new photos of Cristian means that he’s still in school, which is such a huge relief to me. His older brother stopped attending school to work, so I’m always worried that there’s that possibility with him. And I lost one of my other children, Deilin, because she stopped attending school. Going to school is a requirement to stay enrolled in the Manna program. I recently wrote to Cristian (and all of my older kids), about how many more opportunities are available as a result of staying in school, encouraging them to do so. I want the best life possible for him and each of them.
11 year old Cristian is growing up fast and I think he looks even older than he is in this photo!
Yeyson and Greysi are the set of siblings that I sponsor. I couldn’t bare to only choose one, as I fell in love with both of them. 9 year old Yeyson always looks so kind and gentle.
The extra photo of him with the huge smile after receiving his backpack makes me SO happy! The letters for the children at Yeyson and Greysi’s church had to be distributed on a separate day, which means I got to see a photo of him wearing one of the shirts I sent him (the green one). It looks great!
And then there’s 3 year old Greysi, the little sister of Yeyson. This girl is absolutely precious.
In the photo of her with the letter, she is wearing a dress I sent her! I just love seeing this on her and fitting her well, because I was so excited when I found it while backpack shopping!
Maria is 12 and lives in the El Tablon community of Lempira, Honduras.
“Hello godmother! I am greeting you with much caring. I am praying that God will help you and bless you a lot, because I am very thankful for the things that you sent me. This trip that you made to Guatemala, I am praying every day that this trip was safe. I really like the photo that you sent me and the princesses. I like them a lot. With much caring I hope you are healthy. I was sick and I asked God and he took away my cough. For this I am thankful, that God made me well. They took my sister to the hospital but she is home now. I rejoice because she is home and thanks to God all is well. I am glad that you help me with school supplies so that I am able to study. Thanks for all.”
I find it amazing that she was praying for my safety everyday in my travels with everything she has going on. And I think it’s adorable that she wanted to tell me how God healed her cough.
On this Photo Friday, I’m sharing the latest photos of Cristian and Maria, both of whom I sponsor through Manna 4 Lempira. These photos are from letter distribution over the summer.
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.
I haven’t provided updated photos and letters from my Manna 4 Lempira kids in awhile. They are long overdue. I sponsored Maria back in October, not long after the El Tablon project opened. Her smile full of light drew me in, and the confirmation of God’s calling I got after made my love for her that much greater. I’ve since received two letters from her and several photo updates. In fact, the Manna team just got back from Honduras, so I was just treated to her most recent photos in the past week. And I can’t stop looking at them and smiling.
When I began sponsoring Maria
From December 2016
From April 2017
From July 2017
She just has that twinkle in her eyes and a light that glows from inside that I hope she never loses. I love this girl.
The first letter was a general introduction letter: “I am grateful for the backpack. May God bless you for all your life for the supplies. May God keep you well. Many thanks for the supplies that help me continue going forward. I wish you much luck.”
Second letter: “Alisa, With love, I hope you are well. All is going well in school because you give me support. May God bless you. I hope you are well. With love for the supplies that you gave me. Know that I love you very much. Until soon. I will see you. I like to play ball and to play chase. Hope you are well. Thank you. I am in sixth grade. May God bless you.”
If you’re not familiar with Manna 4 Lempira, they recently expanded and opened up a 3rd project in another area, El Tablon. If you’re not familiar, please do check them out, if for no other reason than to pray for them, because the work they’re doing is truly wonderful for children in Honduras. I have 2 children at each of their other projects: Heidy and Junior are from Mi Betania and Brayan and Deilin are from the Mercedes project. When the children of El Tablon were posted, I read through the information sheets of each child, praying for each one that they would find the right sponsors for them. There were so many children, and I knew there would be many eager and generous sponsors to start taking on some of them right away, but others I knew would have to wait longer. When Manna was starting to introduce El Tablon, they updated their profile picture to include a girl with the most radiant smile on her face. I smiled every time I saw her picture as the profile. I was sure this sweetheart would be sponsored right away.
Yesterday, however, as I was looking through the photos of the children still waiting for sponsors, I noticed Maria’s photo was still included. Over a week since these children became available for sponsorship, I was shocked no one else had sponsored her yet. Then I felt a strong pull, a voice in my heart, saying “She’s still available because you’re the one who’s meant to sponsor her.” I couldn’t shake this voice. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this incredible message. Both Elvis and Angeles had been waiting 200+ days when I sponsored them, and I couldn’t fathom why at first. But then it became clear: they were still there waiting for me, because I was meant to sponsor them.
When I inquired about sponsoring Maria, imagine my joy when I was told that the whole Manna team would be very happy because they were really pulling for her! What a blessing God has given me in this new addition to my family. I’ve learned through my time sponsoring children to trust in God’s plan, and He will provide. I can’t wait to get my first letter to her in the mail along with the letters to my other Manna children, so she knows that she has a sponsor in time for Christmas. Here is beautiful Maria: