Tsegereda lives in Ethiopia.
“Dear Alisa, My name is Endalkachew and I am the chairman of the elders’ board in the Shashemene Meserete Kristos Church where the Child Development Center functions. It is located in the Aposto sub-city of the town of Shashemene. We minster to Tsegereda at this center.
Due to the support from sponsors, many of the lives of the children who are registered in our center have been transformed and they now have a better life standard. God bless you for supporting Tsegereda.
There are more than 240 children at our center and many good things were done for their parents and their families, for which they are happy. The problems that come side by side with poverty in our community are many. Our inability to meet all the needs of our society due to our capacity is the great challenge for us and the community. The church coordinates with the community and tries to find solutions to these problems. Due to our discussions, behavioral problems are being fixed and changes are seen. As the community participates in various developments in our surroundings, they have acquired good awareness. In their spiritual lives, in their education, and in various social interactions, growth has been observed.
The communication through letters between our children and their sponsors is so important; every bit of correspondence strengthens their relationship. The children are always so happy to receive a letter and read about their sponsors’ lives and their words of advice and encouragement. They are eager to write back and tell about their own lives.
In this ministry, a great relationship has developed between the church and the community and good works have been accomplished. In general, this center has brought a holistic transformation and we bless the Lord for you and all the sponsors.
Please pray for the children we serve and for their families so that their lives and living conditions will be transformed.
May the lord bless you and for your generous support of Tsegereda. May God bless Ethiopia and bless you and your family! Sincerely, Endalkachew”
Less than 2 months after sponsoring little Tsegereda, I received my first letter from her! And what a sweet one it is.
Tsegereda is 3 and lives in Ethiopia.
The letter uses the All About Me template. I learned the names of her parents, brother, and friends. She lives in a town, and when she grows up she wants to be a doctor. Her favorite game is playing house, her favorite food is pasta with bread, her best school subject is Amharic alphabets, her favorite pet is a cat, her favorite Bible story is Jesus, her favorite color is yellow, her favorite song is Jesus is my Savior, and her favorite holiday is the Ethiopian New Year. The letter says “My beloved sponsor, how are you doing? My family and I are doing well. I am living with my parents and my brother. I am very happy to be sponsored by you. Where do you live in? Please pray for my better future.”
I just love the picture that she colored!
Just try to resist the smile of this adorable little cutie from Ethiopia. I know I couldn’t. There’s more to the story than that, though. I am a preschool teacher, as I’ve mentioned before, and I work at a public school district teaching at-risk and low income children. After I got my teaching license, I went through the classes to get my English as a Second Language endorsement. As a result, I get lots of students whose families are from all over, which I love. This year I have a student from Ethiopia, whose family just moved to the US recently. In learning more about her country, the culture, the language, etc. I was moved more and more by the desire to sponsor a child from Ethiopia through Compassion. Having an Ethiopian child that I was getting to know and love more each day made it all the more real to for me to picture a real child in Ethiopia that I could help, if that makes sense.
One evening, I couldn’t resist the urge any longer and made up my mind to start looking at the available children on Compassion’s website and see if I felt connected to any of them. When I saw Tsegereda, I instantly fell in love. I continued to look through many more children, but none of the rest of them felt right after her. What sealed the deal was reading that the average income in her community is only $8 a month. So in need, so much more than I would ever know in my life, but an undeniable light radiating from this little 3 year old. If I could somehow reach across all the distance to Africa, I’d scoop her up in my arms right now and give her the biggest hug!