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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Two Letters to Share

Hello, again. Recently, I have received two letters from two of my teen girls. I have to admit, I still love the new system, but I was really expecting better things from it, by this point. It's been up and running for two months now and most of my letters aren't traveling any faster than they were before the system started. A few letter have gone fast, others (such as the ones received today) are traveling at about the same speed as before, and sadly, I haven't heard from most of my kids in months. Last year, I heard from my almost all of my kids every two months, on the dot. At this point, many of my kids are 3-4 months since I last heard from them. I really hope they work these glitches out soon. I have several kids graduating within the next year and I would really like to hear from them a few times before then.

Anyway, no more whining. Onto the letters.

First, I'll share a letter from Brenda. She is 17 years old and lives in Uganda. Her letter is dated April 20th, 2016.

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Dear Kayla, 

How are you and how are your family members? Back to me, I am okay. I am greeting you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

In our area, we are receiving both sunshine and rainfall and we are weeding beans and irish potatoes. 

In my school, my studies are well and my choice is to be a nurse. The subjects I like best are physics and mathematics. Dear sponsor, continue to pray for me so that your prayers can help my studies. 

Now, I am still a choir leader and I am a sports prefect. Even at the project, I am a sports prefect, so I guess I have a talent of being a footballer lady. 

Thank you for sending me letters. I received them all. Here I have a verse from Matthew 7:1. It says, "Judge not, that you be not judged." It teaches me not to judge others. Thank you. 

Yours Faithfully,
Brenda

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Now I will share the letter I received from Emanise. She is 16 years old and lives in Haiti. Her letter is dated April 30th, 2016. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Psalm 94:17, "Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death" 

Hello Kayla! How are you? How is your family? My family and I are very well by God's grace. I am very glad to hear from you. I hope that God will always protect you in all that you do. I am glad to receive your letter. Thank you for thinking of me. I will answer some of your questions. My house is made of blocks. I am living with my mother and stepfather. I sleep in a bed. The most common job we have in my community is mason. I am glad to answer some of your questions. I love you so much. May God bless you. 

Emanise

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Project Director Letter: ET-576

Onto another project letter! Whoo hoo! This time, from ET-576, which is the project that my boy Fetehalew attends. He's one of my newer kids, so I don't know too much about him yet, but I am looking forward to getting to know him!

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Dear Kayla, 

My name is Muluken Abate and I am the leader of the Bahir Dar Mekane Yesus Evangelical Church, where our Child Development Center operates. It is located in the Amhara administrative state in the city of Bahir Dar. 




Dear sponsors, because you help us accomplish this great work of the Lord in a holistic ministry by sponsoring Fetehalew. We express our gratitude to you. Your contribution to the needy will be highly rewarded by God. It has helped us to support many children, one sponsor at a time. 

We make sure that the center plans for the holistic development of the children in the physical, spiritual, cognitive, and socio-economic aspects is implemented correctly.


We simultaneously integrate these holistic works with the outreach of the Gospel of Jesus, and this has brought a great impact in our community, erasing the negative outlook they had in the past for the church. 




In our center, almost all the children attend Sunday school and other programs to increase their general knowledge. We provide weekly classes to our children where we witness about Jesus. We also conduct regular visits at the homes of the children's families. We exchange ideas with the children's parents about spiritual matters. We listen carefully to their comments, collecting all the feedback, which is very important as we plan our activities. This center is very important for the work of the Gospel. 

Last year, we organized special retreat programs for the children. We also hosted holiday celebrations, during which we preached the Gospel to increase their spiritual knowledge. 




The center is making a great impact in the lives of the children, their parents, and the community at large. I receive a lot of feedback from individuals who benefit from these supports and gifts. When we compare our center's ministry with similar ones in our community, higher results are reflected in ours. 

As our center is just one year old, we haven't started using the My Plan for Tomorrow format for the children yet, but we believe that we will apply it in the coming years, along with training on income-generating skills. 




The child-sponsor letter exchange is very valuable for strengthening their relationship. When the children get letters from their sponsors, the express great happiness. It also helps the sponsor to know about the whereabouts and the condition of the child. Though no sponsor has visited here, so far, we hope some will be able to in the future. We believe that such physical contact will enable them to know and understand each other better and build a familial-type relationship. We invite you to visit us when the possibility arises. 




Dear sponsors, please pray for us to progress in our spiritual understanding, for the development of our country, for the center's work, and for the number of children at the center, and for our faith to increase. 

Finally, I don't have enough words to express my gratitude to you for sponsoring Fetehalew. May God bless you double fold for all your good works toward this center. One of your rewards is the fact that many of our children have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Rejoice in it! May you and your family be blessed spiritually, financially, and in all other areas for all your years of life on earth. May God bless your country too! I will keep praying for you. 




God bless you,
Muluken Abate

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Two Photos Updates & A New Correspondent Child

It was a great Friday yesterday! I was just minding my own business and all these new faces kept showing up on my account. :)

First up, I got a new photo of my young man Jhon from Bolivia. His photo last updated 18 months ago, so this was a surprise update!




And check out how big my Solomon is getting! 



Then I saw a brand new face! Compassion had filled the last part of my request for three teenagers. Meet 13 year old Agness from Tanzania. I love her already! 





I am so blessed to be a part of Compassion's correspondent program. I thank God everyday for being able to get to know and encourage these children through letters! 



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Two New Correspondent Young Men

Three months ago, I added myself to the waiting list to have three new teenagers added to my family of correspondent children. On June 16th and June 17th, respectively, I was assigned two of those teenagers (the third one will arrive at some point) and I want to share my new young men with you.

Meet 18 year old Rela from East India:


I actually got a completely different photo of Rela last week, when he showed up on my account, but his photo updated just today, so I posted the newest one instead. That smile! 


And 18 year Edison from Ecuador: 


Edison graduates from high school very soon and will graduate from Compassion this December, so I am going to write him as often as I can until then. I want to let him know how wonderful he is before he goes out into the "real world." 


Monday, June 20, 2016

Project Director Letter: BR-111

I am very happy to share another one of these letters with you today. This time, it's from the project where my girl Maria attends, which is BR-111. This project rocks! They are situated in such a rough neighborhood full of drugs, gangs, and prostitution, but they really reach out to these kids and protect them. And seriously, the building they all attend in is huge and amazing! I am so grateful to read this letter and see that my Maria is so well taken care of

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Dear Kayla, 

May grace and peace be unto you in Christ Jesus. 

My name is Francisca Geracina Ferreira Viana, Project Director from Ingreja Betesda do Ceara located in the Northeastern of Brazil, that assists your sponsored child at Espaco Vida Feliz Project. Thank you for sponsoring Maria. 



Actual Photo of Church and Project BR-111


I'd like to express my deepest gratitude for your support. Your help is essential for the development of our work. I am writing this letter to express our sincere gratitude. 

The center is located in a neighborhood on the periphery of Fortaleza with a high rate of violence and use of drugs. But Betesda church, in partnership with Compassion and moved by the love of Christ Jesus, has the great mission to present the Good News so everyone can know the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 




We work to develop the child in four areas: spiritual, physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional, through dance, arts, entrepreneurship workshops, mentoring, evangelism, and sports activities and individual assistance. With our children, teenagers and families, we can see significant changes of attitude. 




We have many histories of success. I think of a girl we have assisted for six years. She once was withdrawn and could express herself only through dancing. We began to work with her, and today, this adolescent has a healthy relationship with her friends and has begun to work in serving others. We discovered a future leader was hiding inside her shyness. Then there was a young woman who came from a family that lacked structure. We have assisted her since she was 4 years old. Today, she is 18 years old, studying physical education in college, is a leader at her church, and participates in the leadership and entrepreneurship center. 




While children attended our center, we see that the relationship between sponsor and sponsored child is of essential importance. Children feel loved by someone that maybe they will never meet, except through letters. Children love to talk about their sponsors. Many research the place where their sponsor lives, about their culture, money, language, and other curiosities. Unfortunately, the child who doesn't receive letters gets sad and discouraged from attending other activities. The exchange of letters gives the possibility for the child to know someone who, although physically distant, cares about them and loves them very much. This love is able to change the world. And to change, above all, their world! This exchange of information makes a difference for the child. 




And this person, who is so important to all of us, is you! Your effort and help will never been in vain. Even when we are facing so many difficulties, the love of Christ makes us continue. To us at the center, the Love of Christ is represented by your help. Maybe what we do seems like a drop in the ocean compared to what needs to be done. But even the ocean, without this drop, would be smaller! This is what inspires us to keep on this journey. Through people like you, we can see how big is God's love. 




Thank you again for sponsoring Maria. I want you to know that we pray for you and your loved ones. Every day we humbly ask God to keep blessing you more and more! So, on behalf of our church, center, and community, we send our endless gratitude for such a demonstration of love for your neighbor. 




In the peace of Christ, 
Francisca Geracina Ferreira Viana

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sagar's Updated Photo: 2016

My handsome Sagar is growing up! He no longer looks like a little boy to me, but a young man. It's amazing how quickly our kids grow and change.



Friday, June 17, 2016

Letters from Africa Rolling In

Today, I saw two green completed bars on my account. They were both from one of my boys in Africa. I know many people have negative feelings about this new online system, but I just love it so much. I think it's one of the greatest things Compassion has done, besides, you know, helping children escape poverty in Jesus' name.

First up, I'll share the letter from Haji. This is my very first letter from him. His letter was written on June 2nd and I received it today. That is only two weeks!

Haji is 13 years old and lives in Tanzania.

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Dear Kayla, 

Praise the Lord Jesus! My family and I are doing fine. How are you and your family doing? I am doing well in my studies at school, thanks to God. We are in a one month holiday. I welcome you to Tanzania. I am happy to write this letter to you. I pray for you to be protected by God and to be given a long life. I wish one day I will meet you. My parents will be very happy to see you. I will keep on praying for you and your family. I really like to play football and ride a bicycle. 

MwinyiHaji

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The other letter I received was from Taye. His letter was still on the old stationery, so I know that it didn't go through the new system from his country to the US. It wasn't scanned electronically until it got to the office in Colorado, which explains why it took longer than most letters have been taking with the new system. 

Taye is 19 years old and lives in Ethiopia. His letter is dated February 23rd, 2016. 

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Dear Kayla, 

My dear sponsor, Kayla. May the Lord's peace be with you. How are you doing? My family is in peace. Thank you so much for all your support, reaching me through the project office. Here, I spent Christmas in joy, along with my friends. I am doing fine in my education. I also work as a mechanic in my free time. I love you so much. Thank you for your helpful letters. May the Lord keep you in peace. I love you so much. See you soon. 

Yours, 
Taye

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