Letter from Finka and a Photo Update

Out of all of my Compassion children, my experience with Finka in Indonesia has been the only one that has been abnormally inconsistent. I don’t blame her in the least, or even her center, because I know they are busy doing great work with the children there. I’m just glad that I know that this is abnormal thanks to the many other children I have that have always been consistent, and I’m very grateful to the Compassion staff here in the US who are always willing to help out.

First, after getting my introduction letter from Finka and then not hearing anything for over 6 months, an inquiry had to be sent. I received two letter from her not far apart from each other after that, but all 3 letters had different handwriting. I’m still not sure if someone else was writing or why since there was never any explanation on the letters. The third one indicated that there should have been a photo attached for a gift that I sent, but since there wasn’t one, another inquiry had to be sent. Now I received my fourth letter. It’s very sweet and loving, and it seems like it was written by her, and there were photos attached, but they were just of the items purchased. I thought it was odd, because all of my other gift photos had the child in them, and sure enough it is Compassion policy for the child or a family member to be in the photo, so yet another inquiry was just sent.

I don’t mind, and I’m happy to support her. My sponsorship of her is not about me- it’s about her, so as long as she’s receiving the support, I’m happy. And this latest letter is a great reminder of that. Additionally, last week I received a photo update of Finka! It gives me peace of mind that she is still active at the center and receiving that support by seeing the new photo of her.

She’s now 16 and becoming a very beautiful young lady!

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She has the exact same smile in her newest and her first photos! 🙂

“Greetings in the love of our Lord, it’s nice to meet you, Alisa. I’m grateful to God for only by His amazing grace that I’m in good health and free to move. I can also go to school and do my daily routine, all according to God’s guidance. Thank you for the letter as well as the gift that I already received, Alisa. The gift was well spent on school equipment, bag, shoes, and clothes. I would like to thank you for the birthday wishes. I already received all the letters that you sent me. It was indeed part of the Christmas tradition to decorate a Christmas tree. However, it was only done at church and the houses of families who could afford to buy a Christmas tree. As for me, we don’t have a Christmas tree at home. I saw the picture of the Christmas tree that you sent, it was a big and beautiful tree. I am so grateful to have a family who loves me. God has blessed me with such an amazing parent like you, Alisa. Even though I don’t have a mother and father anymore, but God has granted me a caring family. I go to Vocational High School and I’m in the first year. I will have the grade promotion exams soon, I chose the Agriculture Program. I’d kindly ask you to support me with your prayers, please pray that God will grant me spiritual intelligence so I could learn to be a better person. Goodbye for now. May Lord Jesus bless you. Best Wishes”

Here is the photo of what she bought:

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Finka is still listed as above average in school, and I’m proud of her for doing well in high school and choosing her area of study. To hear her call me a parent melts my heart. Both of her parents have passed away. She used to love with her grandmother and now she lives with her aunt and uncle.

Photo Updates of Manuel, Jorge, and Lucia

I love receiving photo updates and seeing new pictures of the kids and how they’ve grown!

First is Manuel, from the Dominican Republic. He attends the same center as Eliana, but their photos were not updated at the same time, as I received Eliana’s update in January. I thought Manuel looked old for his age in his last photo and now he definitely does even more so… he’s only 11!

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Next is Jorge, also from the Dominican Republic. He’s growing up! Jorge is 6 years old.

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And finally Lucia, in her last photo update before she graduates in September. She looks beautiful in the purple!

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Introducing Revathi!

United with Hope is the organization I sponsor Ramya through. As photos have been posted lately (and we get lots of photos!) a face had been catching my eye. Revathi, a new child to the program, stole my heart. The more I found more photos of her, the more I couldn’t resist her and knew I had to sponsor her. Revathi is 5, lives in India, and looks like she has a very fun personality! Sponsorship of children through United With Hope’s Happy Hearts program, which is where Revathi attends, is only $10 a month, but means so much to the children who attend!

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Here are more photos of this sweet girl!

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Letter from Luna with a Photo!

I received the thank you letter and photo from the family gift I sent to Luna’s family 6 months ago. I just adore this girl!

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Luna is 14 and lives in Colombia.

“Hello Godmother, may God’s blessing be shed in your life every day. I wish you are very healthy. I would like to know: how are you? I tell you that my family and I are very well. I am studying in 7th grade at a different school than last year. I have new friends and I am very happy to study so I can turn into a professional. I want to use this moment to thank you for your nice present. I liked a lot the clothes, the quilt that looks very pretty on the bed, the dinner service you sent me is also very pretty, the set of glasses, and the plastic chair. Godmother, thank you from my whole heart for looking after my wellbeing. My family also thanks you. My mom is very happy with the pretty dinner service. Godmother, you are very important in my life and family. I ask God to always bless you and guard you. I ask you to always include me and my family in your prayers. I give you this Bible verse: Isaiah 58:11. I say goodbye with a lot of love and affection, Luna”

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I’m so excited to see her mom and little brother in this photo! Luna looks really happy. I’m glad that they were able to get a variety of items and things that they wouldn’t normally be able to get, and that her mom got some nice dining ware that she’s happy with. Her words are so sweet and sincere, and she just completely has my heart. My birthday twin Luna has been special to me from the beginning, but I love her even more with each letter. I am praying for Compassion to offer a summer group trip to Colombia so I can go visit her!