I was extra excited when I saw that I had a new letter in translation from Albia and her mom, because even after just two letters received, I feel very close to the family. I know they feel the same way, and this latest letter is just as special!
Albia is 5 and lives in the Philippines.
The letter uses the My Hopes for the Future template. In the future, Albia hopes to learn about cooking and wants to go on a field trip. She hopes to visit America and would like to meet her sponsor. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher. Here is the picture she drew:
Next was the letter from Albia’s mom. It says “Dear Alisa, How is your 2018? On her third quarter, Albia got an award from her school. She was so happy from receiving your Christmas gift which we bought a dress and sandals. She was very glad wearing them, she said she’ll take good care of them. As a mother, I am so thankful for all your support. I hope you had a happy Christmas. I’m happy to read your letter once again. What season is it in your place now? I pray that God will guide and give you strength every day. God Bless, Respectfully Yours, Benia (Albia’s mom)”
Her mother, who is probably around the same age that I am, is doing a wonderful job raising her family in very difficult conditions. To get to form the connection with her, along with Albia, means so much to me.
I am thoroughly impressed with the letters I’ve received from my 2 Filipino children so far. Each has included letters from a parent as well, which helps immensely in getting to know the child/family when the child is still young. I also adore how they let Charles answer the questions in his own words and didn’t change the answers to be accurate!
Adorable Charles is 4 and lives in the Philippines.
The letter uses the About Me template and Charles also got to help in filling it out himself! According to him, he is 97 inches tall, he has 0 siblings and is the 14th child, and the size of his feet is 4. What he does really well is dancing and his favorite part of his body is his hair. He is thin, and his other talent is singing. His message is simply “I love you” as indicated by a heart that he drew. I just love it!!!
Then came the letter from his dad, and my heart grew so much more… “Dear Ma’am Alisa, Hello there! Hope that you are all fine upon receiving my letter. This is Mr. Raymond C****** writing on behalf of my son Charles. Thank you so much for choosing my son as your beneficiary child, being a part of this ministry is a great blessing to our family. It is a big help for Charles’ holistic development. As of now Charles is busy attending DLA (Developmental Learning Activity) at Dorca Student Center every Saturday and he learned to using a Christian song and some verses from the Bible like like Genesis 1:1. Charles is the only one child of the family and his mother died last January 14, 2017 at the age of 29 years old due to myoma. At first I feel difficult to adjust for loosing my wife but how I accepted and understand that with God everything happens with a purpose and God has a greater plan for my family. Please continue to pray for Charles for God’s guidance and safety may he grow a God fearing and a good son. Charles’ hobbies are to play a toy car and watch cartoon movies. He is a shy type and developed his responsibilities to practice proper hygiene. He can wash his hands alone and brush his teeth, and as a father I am happy to see Charles’ development. He is a precious gift from Jesus. Once again thank you so much for being part of my family. You are in our prayers. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family. By the way Charles wants to know more about you. What makes you busy there? What is your job? Do you have your own family? How many children do you have? God Bless and thank you. Respectfully yours, Mr. Raymond C******, Father of Charles”
I was almost tearing up again typing this. To go through the loss of your wife at such a young age and to be left alone, in poverty, to care for your little boy is an unimaginable tragedy. But his faith comes through, and you can see how much he loves Charles and how much he is trying. I know that the Compassion center and church are taking good care of them. His dedication to bringing Charles to the center each week really touches me. I have a special place in my heart for families with single dads, due to experience of seeing family go through it and this man and his little boy have touched me greatly.
I received my favorite introduction letter ever from Albia, and now the second letter from her is just as loving and wonderful from her mother. It’s amazing to hear how much of a connection her family has to me, and I feel that connection right back. Sponsoring Albia happened suddenly when I felt a calling, and God clearly made a perfect match.
Albia is 5 and lives in the Philippines.
“Dear Miss Alisa, I am glad to receive your letter again. Albia is happy to see and to hear about your letter (content). She had a big smile when we opened and read the letter. She was amazed at your students. She really wants to finish school and be a teacher when she grows up and build our own house. I really do appreciate/am thankful for all of the letters and pictures that you’ve sent. We keep it in the envelope. Every day, she wants to look at your letters and pictures. We always keep on praying for your health and safety. Hope that you’ll be happy this Christmas this December. Thank you and God bless! Advance Merry Christmas. Respectfully Yours, Benia (mother of Albia)”
It means so much to me as a sponsor to receive a letter like this. Add the Philippines to the list of countries I have to visit, because I need to give this little girl and her mom hugs in person! Someday…
I may or may not have squealed a little when I saw tiny Charles’ adorable face on my account. Charles is my first new child of 2018, as I received him just 3 days into the new year! He is my second child from the Philippines, and I’m very excited about that. He’s 4 years old, the age of my students, which is always fun, because that’s the age I know best!
I received my very favorite first letter ever, because there was so much love pouring from this sweet family! I sponsored adorable little Albia back in August and even though I feel in love with her instantly, my connection to her now feels so much stronger thanks to a letter from her, a letter from her mom, and photos! These extra touches are rare and unexpected, but it means so much towards building the relationship further.
Albia is 5 and lives in the Philippines.
Albia’s letter uses the introductory About Me template. I learned that she is 103 cm tall (3’4″), she has two siblings and is the middle child, and her shoe size is 27. One thing she does really well is singing, and her favorite part of her body is her hair. She is medium in build. It says “Dear Ms. Alisa, Thank you so much for the letter and for choosing me. I am now in Kinder II. Love, Albia”
Such a cute little drawing! And here are the extra photos her family sent! This is the first time that I’ve received extra photos that weren’t for a gift. I love getting to see her parents and sisters and a glimpse of their house. I wouldn’t have been able to see any of this otherwise!
And her mother wrote a whole letter on her own too, which is also a first for me! It really made me connect with her in a greater way than I’m usually able to connect with parents of my sponsored children. Her love of and pride for her family is evident.
“Hello Ms. Alisa! Good day to you. I am Benia, mother of Albia. I am glad to know you. I am thankful that you’re the sponsor (Albia’s sponsor); like you we also wanted to know more. Albia’s favorite color is orange. We also have a pet- a cat named Coorkie. Albia is now in Kindergarten. In the future she also wants to be a teacher like you. She also likes to teach other children how to write, to draw, to color, and how to sing. We sent some photos of our family and Albia, too! Our family is thankful because Albia has a sponsor like you. May God bless you and your family for being a channel of blessing to others who are in need. God Bless! Respectfully yours, Benia”
Little Bia is my latest Compassion sponsored child. She is my first and only child from the Philippines and it was a God moment, what else can I say?
Bia is 5 years old. I sponsored her on the day after her birthday this year. She lives in a very low income community with her parents, grandparents, and two siblings. Her parents struggle with employment. Bia attends preschool, and her hobbies include art, dolls, hide and seek, play house, toy cars, running, and walking.
Isn’t she just precious? I love that I get to watch this sweetheart grow up!