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!
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”
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.
My wait on the Compassion correspondents waiting list was looong but I knew it was in God’s time, because He had the right child for me, and that child just needed to become available. Last week, this finally happened as Marcus was added to my account!
Marcus is 14 and lives in Brazil, just like Rikelme. In fact, their project numbers are just one off from each other. Rikelme is such a sweetheart and I love Brazil since I visited there back in 2004, so I was very excited to have another Brazilian teen! His favorite school subject is math and his hobbies include bicycling, marbles, soccer, and toy cars. I’m looking forward to getting to know him!
In Honduras, our Manna 4 Lempira children celebrated the Day of the Child at their centers. We were able to receive photos/videos of them having fun! I got to see a couple of my kiddos celebrating.
I caught some glimpses of Junior in the Mi Betania video (he’s in the yellow shirt):
I almost missed Cristian in the El Tablon video, but caught him the second time around (in the white shirt):
And the Mercedes centers posted photos, where I got to see several of Ludvi!
I’m guessing that’s one of her sisters that she’s holding.
Yeyson was pictured writing a letter in a photo at his center recently, too. I can’t wait to receive it from him!
And finally, I’ve been getting to see lots more posted pictures of the United with Hope tutoring program in India, where Ramya attends. The amount of photos I receive of her is truly massive, and I love it! Here are just some of my favorites:
The weekend after I sent the donations for Nicholas and Shadia, for which I got receipts and found that Joy keeps very meticulous records, I received lots of pictures of them receiving their gifts! I was almost in tears to see the joy of this family, who has so little and who has been through so much, receiving simple things but things that are so needed. I was glad for the opportunity to send money instead of a package, as I didn’t have to worry about high international shipping fees and I knew I could trust Joy to purchase the right sizes and items for them. She promised me lots of pictures to make me feel like I was there with them, and she certainly did send lots!
Here are just some of them with items they received:
Joy told me how happy the children and their mother were. Along with toys for the kids, they also got clothing, shoes, and underwear. And the family got food, which was very needed. Seeing the beautiful smiles on their faces made my heart so full. I now love and care so very much about this family on the other side of the world that I very likely will never meet. But we are connected through prayer, though letters, and through God.
I was thrilled to get a letter recently from Lucia, and a very sweet one that filled a page of stationery at that! But the best part was definitely a surprise photo attached! Typically, only a gift of $60+ gets a photo, although sometimes centers will send them for gifts of less. The gift that the photo was for was $20, so I wasn’t expecting a photo, but it was a wonderful surprise!
Lucia is 21 and lives in El Salvador.
“Dear Alisa, Lucia greets you with affection and hopes that you are enjoying perfect health with your loved ones. On this letter Lucia wants to tell you how she has fun. At home she likes to color, run, do the cleaning, cooking, listen to worship songs, and make handcrafts to decorate the house. If she gets bored she likes to sleep on a hammock and swing. When she is outside she likes to write and go for walks. She likes to tell jokes with her friends. She would like to know: have you ever felt bored? What do you do in that case? She thanks you for the letter and the picture; she says that she is fine. On the computer she likes to draw and write and she thanks you for the blessing that you sent. She bought milk, cereal, beans, sugar, rice, soup, cookies, and salt. It was a great blessing for her and her family. Also she loves you and asks you to help her pray so she can learn more in her studies. She says goodbye wishing you lots of blessings.”
This bubbly, lovely young lady has been a huge blessing to me so far. I know my sponsorship of her will only be for one more year, but I’m so blessed that God brought her into my life. And I’m so thankful that she has such a wonderful Compassion center that takes care of her and her mother and where she has friends and can learn and have fun!