Letter from Angeles with a Photo

Back in the spring, Peru had some terrible floods that did a lot of damage, including destroying the home of Angeles and her family. They lost everything, and so of course I sent a family gift. I was so happy to receive a letter last week to see what they were able to buy with it!


Angeles is 8 and lives in Peru.

“Dear sponsor, I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus to tell you that I am in good health and hope you are too, in the company of your family. I would like to tell you that it’s super hot in the place I live. I’m enjoying my school break. Thank you for the money for the reason of family gift. We could buy a plastic table with four chairs and a pair of shoes which we are very happy with. How is your vacation going? I ask you to pray for my parents so that they get to know God. I say goodbye with a big hug from the distance. Angeles”

I have so many emotions reading this letter. To see this nice new, sturdy table and chairs that they were able to purchase fills me with joy. It’s the biggest blessing to be able to be connected with these children and their families and use my money to directly help others. I can’t imagine a better way I could have used the money that provided this table and chairs along with the pair of shoes that were probably very needed but very low on the family’s budget list. Being in families’ homes in Guatemala, plastic tables and chairs are the standard, but I didn’t see any in as good of shape as this, so I know it will last them for a long time. I’m also so proud of Angeles. She’s clearly very bright for her age, having written her own letters for some time with beautiful handwriting and spelling. I didn’t know before this that her parents hadn’t accepted God into their hearts, but I know that with her grace and light, God will work through Angeles to reach them. I’m so excited to be a part of this special girl’s life for many more years to come!

Letter from Angeles


Angeles is 8 and she lives in Peru.

The letter uses the My School template. Angeles is in 2nd grade and she walks to school. Her favorite thing about school is her classmates and her favorite subject is communication. The letter says “Dear Godmother, greetings in the name of Jesus. Thanks for your letters. I am so glad to know about you. Hope to get a pair of boots, a bike, and a big doll. What I love most at school is to learn to read every day and learn the addition. I am happy because Christmas is coming up and it is a special day for me because I will go on vacation. Do your children like studying? Please, pray for me to finish my studies successfully. Blessings, Angeles”


Letter from Cristofer


Cristofer is 11 and lives in Peru.

“Dear Alisa, I am happy to write you again and in that way greet you with much affection wishing that you and your family are doing well. My family and I are doing well. Thank you for the letter and picture you sent me, thank you for telling me what you do. I’ve never seen squirrels but I know about a place called Jayanca where there are mango trees and plum trees. People plant yucca and potatoes to eat, there are birds one of them is called hummingbird, I don’t know about other animals that live there in the trees but the people who live there raise cows, pigs, hens, ducks, horses, and many other animals. My mother’s family live in that place. I will study until January. My favorite subject is Math too. In the church, we participated in a talent contest. We did a choreography called “Danza del Arroz” (rice dancing) we disguise as bulls and donkeys and we won the contest and we received as a prize a bingo game and a dinner in a chicken grilled restaurant that will be on Saturday 16th this month. Soon we will celebrate Christmas and we thank Jesus because He was born into the world to save us. I would like you to tell me. What do you do to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I ask you to keep praying for us. I say goodbye with love. Cristofer”

Introducing Jesús!

Just 10 days after receiving Jose as a correspondent, I received another new lovable little guy as a correspondent! Jesús is from Peru, which I was excited about, because I adore my two other Peruvian kids. Isn’t he just adorable? And when I viewed his profile, he also had a video on there! I can’t post it here, but I did take some screenshots to include below. Jesús is also 7 and has also never received any letters or gifts before now. I could just reach through the screen and give him a big hug!

Letter from Angeles

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”


Letter from Cristofer and a Photo Update

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 🙂

Letter from the Country Director of Peru

Just like last week I shared the letter from the Country Director of Bolivia, this week I’m sharing the letter I received from the Country Director of Peru. All of these letters can also be found on your Compassion account on the profile page for any child you sponsor/correspond with. I have two children in Peru: I sponsor Angeles and correspond with Cristofer.


“Dear Alisa, My name is Cristina Zavala, and I have been the country director of Compassion Peru since 2005. Compassion began ministering in Peru in 1984. We serve around 75,000 children through more than 250 partner churches. We want to open more opportunities this year, growing to serve more than 80,000 children.

My country has a rich history, beautiful places, and warm people, but also extreme poverty, broken families, and vulnerable children. Due to their living conditions and lack of economic resources, children face hard situations of abuse and neglect that erode their self-esteem and sense of belonging. The difference in a sponsored child is mainly the impact of being loved and cared for by people who value and give him or her dignity in a safe environment.

The economic situation works against families and parents, pulling them away from their children when the situation is pressing. They leave their children alone with little protection and supervision. Access to education, medicine, and potable water is still limited in the most impoverished regions of Peru. Some villages don’t have medical centers, or the facilities lack staff. Other areas get water directly from rivers or contaminated water channels. Young people have no opportunity to learn marketable skills, and no dreams of progress and development.

We want to change the situation. We are working to help children improve their reading, writing, and math learning and to learn and develop healthy habits. Little ones who first arrive at the child development center often suffer from malnutrition. We are working with complementary funds to offer filtered and safe water. Together wit hotel church partners, we talk to government institutions to improve medical care centers, and we keep on teaching Christian values and principles. We are also coordinating scholarships with private technical schools and helping young people to study a technical career such as computing, accounting, etc., or to study a major in college.

We also teach leadership courses to outstanding students. One young man who will complete the program this year faced many troubles as a sponsored child. His father is an alcoholic, and his mother did not want to hear a word about God. But this young man found affection, care, and shelter at the center. He had the chance to learn work skills; now he is going to school to study bakery and pastry, and he is also a leader in his church. From being immersed in poverty, he has discovered his great potential, and he now has big dreams. Another young man received a social volunteer entrepreneur honor from the United Nations for organizing teachers to give school tutoring in impoverished parts of Lima.

Children who enjoy a relationship with their sponsors feel the love and care of people who value them and give them dignity and the desire for a different future. Having a sponsor makes children very happy. They think sponsors are relatives who live very far away but send letters that bring them closer. Sponsors’ letters have a high emotional value for children; when they get a letter, they feel they have some physical token from their sponsors. Please write your child as often as you can.

Our partner churches are also ministering to their own communities by creating work opportunities and education and development programs that radically change families’ inappropriate ways of living. Join us in prayer for every church partner that is working hard and doing such an amazing job.

I want to express my gratitude to you for your continued love and support for Angeles and Cristofer. Together we can offer the valuable gift of hope to change the lives of the voiceless and suffering ones.

In Jesus Christ, Cristina Zavala”