Photo Friday

On this Photo Friday, I have new photos of Brayan and Velery to share!

I sponsor both of these children through Manna 4 Lempira. This was at the latest letter distribution.

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Brayan was giving his typical photo face.

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And Velery was looking adorable. These letters were from before I sponsored her, so she was given a coloring sheet. Next time she’ll have an actual letter from me!

Photo Friday: New Photos of Yeyson and Greysi!

I recently received new photos of my Manna 4 Lempira siblings, Yeyson and Greysi. I was very excited because previously, I only had one photo of each of them. These photos were taken before anything I sent had been distributed, so in the next set of photos, they’ll be holding something from me and knowing they have a sponsor!

Yeyson is 8 (soon to be 9) and Greysi is 3. They live in the El Tablon community in Lempira, Honduras.

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Letters from Evelin and Family Photos!

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!

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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.”

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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”

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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.

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The line “She loves you so much and she wants you to know that she always thinks about you” just melts my heart…

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.

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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 🙂

Photo Friday

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!

 

Letter from Albia

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.

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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”

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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!

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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”

Photos of Ramya receiving my letter

In the United with Hope program, they are unable to have the children write back to our letters that we send. They make up for this by sending lots of photographs. When my first letter to Ramya reached her in India, I got several photographs of her holding the letter. It was great to know it made it to her safely and to see it in her hands!

I was told how happy Ramya was to get the letter. Here are some of my favorite pictures.