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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

My Tanzanian Trio!

Tanzania is really on the ball with letters! For example, I just wrote to all of my kids on November 5th about my grandfather's 80th birthday. On November 2nd, I received a letter from my boys about this birthday letter. Less that a month for me to send it to them, it to be translated and printed, delivered to their projects, they read it and responded, sent it back to the country office, and then translated and scanned back to me. As you can see, that is a lot of steps to be completed in just one month!

The third letter I received didn't mention the birthday party, is wishing me a merry Christmas. In the past, I've received Christmas greeting letters in March or April, way after the fact. I'm much more fond of these fast letters.

In age order, because that's the best way, here are my letters:

I'll share Agness's letter first. She wasn't feeling very chatty in this letter and let me know that. I love when I get to the stage with my kids where they can truly tell me how they feel.

Agness is 13 years old. Her letter was written on November 12th, 2016.

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Dear Kayla, 

It is my hope that you are fine and full of health. Me and my family are both fine and we greet you a lot. Thank you for the nice letter you sent to me, which had a nice message for Christmas. I thank you for sponsoring me. May heavenly God bless you. Frankly, I do not have much to say, but to wish you a happy birthday of baby Jesus. 

It is me, 
Agness

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Now I will share Haji's letter. I love his words about my grandpa's birthday and my family. He's such a sweet boy! 

Haji is 14 years old. His letter is dated November 19th, 2016. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Praise the Lord! I am fine and continue well with my studies and now we are doing exams before school break. Thanks for your good letter and your family pictures. You look very nice. Congratulations for having such a nice family and to your grandfather for reaching 80 years. I am happy and thankful for your Christmas and New Year greetings. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My family, father and mother, greet you. My father is a fisher. When he fishes, he brings home fish and I like to eat them very much. The type of fish found in our area is mackerel. Do you love fish? Welcome from Tanzania. May God protect you always. Amen. 

MwinyiHaji

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Finally, the letter from Emanuel. He has a lot to say, as usual. He's a chatty young man. 

Emanuel is 19 years old. His letter is dated November 26th, 2016. 

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Dear Kayla, 

I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. My family and I are well and healthy. I hope that you and your family are well. I am very happy to receive your nice letter. I have learned a lot through your letters. You asked me questions. I like pineapple and I also like all vegetables. My favorite foods are beans and maize. During sunny days, I like to swim. During rainy days I like to water the garden. When I wake up in the morning, I thank God for awakening me. When I sleep, I thank God for protecting me during the day. I like the game of pool at the pool table. I am happy to see your photo. You look beautiful and how you celebrated together at your grandfather's birthday. I'd like to ask you about the distance from your home to your relatives. I'd like you give you a verse from Psalm 133:1, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity." 

Emanuel

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Letters to My Kids: November 2016

In November, I wrote two letters to my kiddos. It's always such a pleasure to write to my kids. I literally get so much joy out of writing to them. I bet, if you're reading this blog, you feel the same way about writing. :)

In October, I traveled to Wisconsin to celebrate my grandpa's 80th birthday. I traveled there with my sister and visited several of our extended family members. We hadn't seen these family members in over 5 years, so it was a very nice trip. My cousins are pretty cool people and it was pretty cool to see how alike we are, even though we rarely see each other. Some personality traits really do come from genetics, I think.

Anyway, I wrote about this special weekend to my kids and included two pages of photos of my family from the birthday party. Amazingly enough, even though I wrote this letter on Nov. 5th, just a month ago, I've already had responses about the party and about my grandpa from my kids. The new delivery system sure is fast in some country!







Then, later in the month, I wrote another letter about the children that I nanny for. These are some of my favorite letters to write. I have been nannying for these kids for over 3 years and they feel like my own family members. Last month, the oldest boy I take care of turned 5 years old and to celebrate, I took him to the zoo, just the two of us. I included pictures of his birthday cake and photos from the fun day at the zoo. The youngest, the precious 3 year old, and I took part in an 8-week art class for 2-4 year olds. I told my kids about this class and included pictures of various art proceedings, haha. 

I wonder what I am going to write about when I am no longer nannying for this family...?






Sunday, December 4, 2016

First Sunday Advocate: December 2016

No witty introduction today.

These kiddos need loving sponsors. They attend the same projects as some of my kiddos. I would love to see them find a sponsor.

It'd be a wonderful Christmas gift for both you and that child. Lives connected forever.

Format I follow under each photo: Age, Name, Project Number, (Name of my child who attends the same project). Each line of text is a link to the child's page, where you can learn more about each child's family, schooling, chores, and interests.






Frid has found a sponsor! 


Sweet Nathaly has been sponsored! 

















Saturday, December 3, 2016

Teen Boy Life

The life of a teenager is complicated, isn't it? It seems to be the same all over the world, no matter where you live. Certain experiences, feelings, and trials are the same in every country. It's fun to see my boys from three different countries talk about school, church, and free time. I love my teen boys!

I have three letters to share with you today.

I received my very first letter from Gary, my handsome young man in pink. As far as first letters go, this was a pretty great one.

Gary is 16 years old and lives in Nicaragua. His letter is dated October 10th, 2016.

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Hello Kayla, 

I hope you are in good health. It is Gary greeting you. I appreciate your sponsorship and all the blessings you give me. Thanks for the letter and bible verse you gave me. It was a great blessing to my life. I share with you that I went to a retreat for two days. It was a great experience. It was very nice because I accepted Christ as my Savior. I felt his prescience. He touched my heart. I made new friends with guys from other churches. I am doing well in class, thanks to God. I am happy because we are about to end the school year. I love playing soccer. I am in a league. My function is to be the goalie. We passed to the semifinal. I also like basketball. All of my family is in good health. I would like to know, do you have children? What are their names? I would like to see you through pictures. I always pray for you. I ask you to pray for me and my family. I say goodbye with much love. 

Gary

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Now a letter from Jhon. I went so many months without his wonderful letters, so I am so grateful that things are back on track. I got a letter from him in September and now again this month. He used to write every two months, like clockwork, so it's great to have this pattern again. 

Jhon is 18 years old and lives in Bolivia. He wrote this letter on September 9th, 2016. 

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Hi Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I greet you with the peace of the Lord. I feel very happy to write you this letter and thankful with God for giving me the opportunity to have a sponsor like you. I want you to know that my family and I are praying for you. What you told me of the disciples, I believe the same. God chooses people for his service no matter where we are and where we move. He just sees the heart and your disposition to serve him. I want you to know that I am wealth of health, next to my family, and hope that God also takes care of you and protects you. Please pray for my family and my studies. 

Jhon 

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The last letter is from Nikko. This poor guy has had his ups and downs with school. When I started writing to him, he wasn't attending due to lack of finances. Then, just in the last year or so, he was able to start up again, in middle school, despite his age. It seems like he graduated to high school, but again, the fees to attend are too high. I hate that he has to keep going through this. Though, he's an adult now, so it may be time to move onto something else. 

Nikko is 18 years old and is from the Philippines. His letter is dated October 15th, 2016. 

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Dear Ms. Kayla, 

Hi! Thanks for sending me letters! I enjoy reading them. How are you there? Here in the Philippines, I'm fine with my family. 

Talking about toys, when I was a kid, I liked to play cars and I used to play hide and seek with my neighbor friends. We also played marble games. I remember I enjoyed it so much. I'm glad to hear that the children you're taking care of are now growing. I'm supposed to be in senior high this year, but can no longer afford to study. I still don't know when to peruse it.  Please help me pray. For now, I'm still attending classes in the project and I'm excited for an upcoming activity in this project at the end of this month. 

I'm glad to pray for you and Jhon. Please do the same for me. Do you play sports? What sports are you playing? What are your hobbies in your free time? I hope to hear from you again soon my friend. God bless! 

Love,
Nikko

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Plethora of November Letters!

I was going to do separate posts on this group of letters, but I decided that I don't want to. :)

In the last week or so, I've received five letters! I will share them all with you in this post, from youngest child to oldest child, of course. We must keep things orderly.

The first letter is from Veronika. She wrote about the My Dreams template, which is super sweet. I love hearing dreams from the future from little ones.

Veornika is 6 years old and lives in Haiti. Her letter is dated November 7th, 2016.

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1. Someday I would like to visit: Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. 

2. Someday I would like to help: My family and friends.

3. Someday I would like to meet: My aunt. 

4. When I grow up I would like to be: A Nurse. 

5. Someday I would like to be like: My Mother. 

Veronika is glad to write this letter to you and greets you in Jesus's name. How are you? How are your activities going? She and her family are very well, by God's grace, in spite of the natural disaster, but God keeps her and her family safe. She always prays for God to bless you and your family. She asks you to pray for her to have much intelligence in school. She wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017. May God bless you! 

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Next, a letter from Mulwa. This is the second letter I've gotten from him this month. He's turned into quite a chatty boy. Graduating from the template letters was a great thing for him!

Mulwa is 9 years old and lives in Kenya. He wrote his letter on October 21st, 2016.

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Dear Kayla,

I greet you, Kayla, in Jesus's name and I hope you are fine as I am. At the project we are well and we are trying as much as we can to preach and know the word of God. My parents are working hard to provide the basic needs for me. I help my parents to fetch water from the nearby river. I fetch firewood which is used as fuel. My parents even send me to the market. I like helping my parents with house chores. I have a dog named Baby. He is a big, black dog who guards the house. At school, I am working hard. In the last exam, I was in position 3 with 350 points. I work hard to achieve my goals. I play football, which is my best game. My best subject is English. I attend church services every Sunday. I am in the church choir. My talent is singing. I thank God for that talent. Now we are approaching the December holiday. I will help my parents to prepare their farm because the rainy season is starting. My parents benefit mostly through farming. I love you and may the Lord Almighty bless you. Amen. 

Mulwa



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Another letter from Kenya now. This time, from my girl Faith. I was absolutely heartbroken when I read this letter. As long as I've been writing to her, Faith has lived with her single mother and her siblings. It isn't said flat-out in this letter, but it appears that Faith no longer has her mother in her life. I am not sure if her mother died or left or what. Whatever happened, she appears to be struggling to deal with it. Breaks my heart. However, I am also completely honored of the new role I now play in Faith's life. I don't take it lightly, at all. Even typing this now, my eyes are getting teary. Faith and I are now bonded for life. 

It also appears that, due to the letter slowdown this year, she has had to wait quite awhile for a letter from me. She is not shy about letting me know how that makes her feel. I love that honesty. 

Faith is 10 years old. Her letter is dated October 1st, 2016. 

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Dear Kayla, 

I salute you in Jesus's name, my beloved sponsor Kayla! How are you? I believe you are fine. I am fine here with my brothers and sisters. My sponsor, I don't have parents anymore and due to this, I count you as one of my parents. I got your letter, my dear sponsor, and I am thankful, because of your remembrance. I thank God because he is my father who will never ever fail me in any way. I am struggling to meet my objectives of pursuing well in my academics. Join me in my prayers  to pursue well. My sponsor, I do pray for you. When you stay for long with saluting me with letters, I feel frustrated, so please keep on saluting me and the Almighty God will bless you. You are my parent in one way or another. Have a good time. Good bye!

Faith



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The next letter is from Ernest. He is one of my kiddos who doesn't like to write much. I think he may have trouble writing, because he still has a tutor help him write. I think that may change in the future. If not, I will keep writing to him faithfully anyway.

Ernest is 11 years old and lives in Ghana. His letter was written October 31st, 2016.

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Dear Kayla, 

Ernest says thank you very much for your letters and support for him. He says he has been promoted to the next class. He says he and his family are doing well. He says pray for God's protection for him always. He says may God richly bless you. He shares John 10:30, "I and my father are one." 


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And the last letter of today is from Maria. For some reason, this letter has taken quite a long time to get to me. There must have been a pile up of letters in her country's office. 

Maria is 12 years old and lives in Brazil. Her letter is dated August 3rd, 2016. 

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Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

How are you? My family and I are doing fine. I enjoyed my vacation in July. I went to the movies with my friends and to the beach with my family also! I like getting your letters! I am so happy because my brother is in college. He is studying to be an architect. I am taking computer and Christian classes at the project and I like both so much. I hope to hear from you soon. Kisses and hugs from me! 

Maria Eduarda

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Looking to Sponsor a Sweet Girl?

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for my U.S readers)! After the meal has been eaten and leftovers put away, I hope you took some time to think about what you are thankful for this year.  I know I sure did. Other than the typical being thankful for my family, my friends, and my job, I am also so thankful to have the opportunity to be able to both financially sponsor children and write to many, many children around the world. It is a privilege that I don't take lightly. I am in awe of the blessings of these children every single day. 

If you are reading this blog, I'm sure you feel the same way about your children. If you have room in your family for a new sponsored child or have been searching for a child to sponsor, I encourage you to consider one of the two girls that I will share about in this post. If you aren't in the spot to sponsor financially right now, I encourage you to pray for these girls, that they will find a sponsor soon. 

If you are interested in sponsoring either of these girls, please email me at Groth.Kayla@mail.ic.edu and I will share the information that you need to sponsor them. 

Both of these girls are currently sponsored by one of my readers, who is no longer in a position to sponsor them. She asked me to post these girls on my blog and I was happy to do so. 


This first precious girl is Anahi. She lives in Ecuador, in a jungle community. These jungle communities in Ecuador often lack even the basic necessities of running water, electricity, shoes, and daily meals. Compassion does amazing work in these communities. 

Anahi is 9 years old. Her birthday is April 5th, 2007. She lives with her father, mother, and sister. She loves to play house, play hide and seek, play with dolls, and go swimming. She also loves animals!



This cutie is Janet. Don't you love her track suit? I think it's adorable! 

Janet is 8 years old. Her birthday is October 5th, 2008. She lives in a rural desert community Mexico.  She lives at home with her grandmother, her mother, and 6 siblings! Her father is living and working in the United States and sending money home to the family. I imagine they don't get to see each other very often. 

I was told that Janet writes wonderful letters and always shares about what she is learning at the project. I think she'll be a blast to get to know through letters! Her current sponsor says that she also has a video of Janet on her account, that she would be happy to show anybody seriously considering sponsoring Janet. 





Remember, if you would like to sponsor either of these girls, please send me an email to the above email address and we'll get you on the road to having them transferred to your Compassion account. 








Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two More for the Records Book and Another Precious Child

If you can believe it, I got ANOTHER two photo updates yesterday. All of these photos of my beautiful children are certainly something to be thankful for this month. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed. I am amazed by and grateful for the opportunity to write to these precious children everyday. They are the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and I fall asleep praying for them every night. These kiddos keep me going.

Here are the photo updates:




It's great to get another smiley photo from Derrick! 



I think Gary looks pretty snazzy in his pink shirt! 




And another correspondent child joins my family. Sweet 9 year old Sunrei (don't you love her name?!).