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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Three Letters to Share

I really need to come up with a system to create better titles for my posts. When I'm posting letters, I really have no idea what else to say. Creativity isn't my strong suit.

I received five letters yesterday and I posted the ones from Colombia yesterday. Today, I'll share the other three with you.

First up, a letter from Khushi, who I call my Indian Princess. To me, in all of her photos, she just seems so regal.

Khushi is 11 years old and lives in India (obviously). She wrote this letter on March 18th, 2015.

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My Dear Friend Kayla,

Greetings to you in the sweet name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here, I am doing well and my school is going well. I always love to learn and hear from you. God has really made you a blessing for me. I have finished my 7th grade exam an I hope to get good marks. My grandmother passed away about two weeks ago so I have been missing her a lot. She was about 65 years old. Then my uncle come home and we are having a good time. There's beautiful sunshine today. I like to sing songs, play, and learn from the bible. I have been blessed by the project and I am very thankful to God for such a nice sponsor like you. Thank you very much for praying for and supporting me. Weather is now turning warmer and cold days are going. I like warm weather. My mother works in the fields and cleaning the place where our cow lives. I like to help my mother at home; filling water, clean the house, making tea, and going to market to purchase things. My elder sister Priyanka has got a daughter, seven months old and my second sister Rinka is also writing her exams. We pray and wish you all the best for your future. I hope someday we can meet. Bye. 

Your Khushi

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I finally heard from Sagar! The last letter I received from him was in October and then all of the drama with his project happened. It seems that all of the kids are now settled in at their new project and are sending letters. Several of the sponsors I know from this project (I know a lot!) have received letters. Yay!

Sagar is 12 years old and lives in India. This letter was written on January 17th, 2015. 

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Dear Kayla,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am the project staff writing on behalf of your loving child, Sagar. 

He sends you a big hello from India in the wonderful name of Jesus. He hopes that you and your family are doing well. He always remembers you in his prayers. He loves you so much. Thank you so much for your beautiful and precious letter. He likes your letter. He always talks about your letters and gifts. He likes the Tooth Fairy story, but in India the children throw their old teeth to another house. 

He is regularly going to school. He is doing well in his studies. His favorite subject is Marathi. His favorite animal is the lion and dog. He wants to become a police inspector. He is regularly coming to the project center and he learns many Jesus songs and stories. He likes the project center food. 

He loves you so much. Thank you very much for your love and support. He always prays for you and your family. 

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To end off, a letter from Celeste. This is the second letter I've gotten from her this month. Letters were slow from her for awhile, I love that they are coming more often again. 

Celeste is 13 years old and lives in Honduras. This letter is dated April 20th, 2015. 

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Hello Dear Kayla, 

It's my pleasure to greet you and get those beautiful letters you write and to answer them, hoping you are alright in the Lord. Blessing. From the pictures you sent me, the one with the crown is very pretty. C is a beautiful girl and with a wonderful smile. G is very beautiful, as well. Here in church, we don't have a special event for Christmas, but for New Year's Eve, we have a vigil. We don't have a choir, but we do have a worship ministry with drums, piano, guitar, and bass. Also, in the CDC, we some choreographies with some classmates and we also take part in bible story skits. In the month of March, we had an artistic talent contest. There was dance, skits, and songs from all the groups of children. I love Christmas and the bible Christmas story from your letter. If I could give Jesus a gift, I would give him the most precious thing, my life and my family's life because I know he will like it if my family and I worship him. Kayla, I want to ask you, with all respect, for a picture of you with your mother, grandmother, and sister. I send them many greetings and I'm praying for your family. Thank for being my friend and love me so much. I say goodbye with hugs and kisses. 

Celeste

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Boys from CO-384

Today, I received five letters! I definitely did a happy dance when I got into my apartment. I'm going to share two of those letters today, from my two boys at CO-384.

Both boys wrote about their homes, families, and community. Caleb filled out a template and Daniel wrote on his own.

I'll share Caleb's letter first, since he's the baby. :) He's 7 years old and he wrote his letter on March 25th, 2015.

I am so happy that Caleb has a loving, supportive, Christian family. That makes so much of a difference.
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At home, I live with: My parents, brothers, and sister.
I help with: Sweeping and organizing the house.
My house is made of: Bricks and concrete
Its color is: Orange
What I like the most about my house: My bedroom
We get together with my family to: talk about my studies and my friends from the CDC. We also gather to pray every single night. 

Questions/Answers

I write to you and I greet you with joy. I sleep in a bed. I share my bed with my brother. I do have electric power. They bring the water from the woods with a hose. My parents sell oatmeal smoothies and empanadas in the marketplace. They go on my dad's motorcycle. I like sharing outdoor games with my classmates at the project. 

Prayer request or something new to tell my sponsor and/or bible verse

The traditional meal from the plains is "carne a la llanera" (grilled meat) and "sancocho" (soup made of various native ingredients like yucca, potatoes, scallions, plantains and any kind of meat). Thank you for your letters and pictures. I always remember you in my prayers and I love you very much. I like when your letters come. They are very beautiful. Sponsor, all my family is grateful for you. May God keep you. I give you Psalm 91:1-16. 

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Now, Daniel's letter. Daniel wrote his letter on a different day than Caleb. I've often heard that different age groups attend the project on different days. This is the first time I've been able to see evidence of that. 

Daniel is 9 years old and wrote his letter on March 27th, 2015. His writing style reminds me so much of my dear Xhuliano's. What do you think? 

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Dear Kayla,

I greet you with affection. Dear sponsor, I want you to know that I feel very happy to write to you and with this letter thank you for the letters you sent. 

My house is made of wood planks and bricks and I live with my mom, my dad, and my siblings. I sleep in my bedroom and I have a bed and I have lots of light there. The water from my house comes from the mountain through a hose. The jobs in my neighborhood are selling pineapples and the building sites. The transportation we have are buses, taxis, motorcycles, and bicyles. 

I want to tell you that I like to go to the project. What I like the most about the project is when we go strolling. The food I like the most is beans. 

I thank you because I know I have a friend like you. That makes me happy. You are a very special person for me. I want to give you a beautiful verse: Deuteronomy 6:6-7. I send you lots of huge. Farewell. 

Juan Daniel

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Letters to My Kids: April 2015

I can't believe how far behind I've gotten on these posts. The last time I shared the letters I wrote to my kids, it was January. I swear, I've still been writing! Instead of making up for lost time, I'm just going to share the letter I wrote in April.

I wrote to my kids about how my church celebrated Easter weekend. At my church, we do something from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. I especially enjoyed sharing the picture of Jesus on the cross that the children created.

Here is the letter:




Love From Ethiopia

Saturday morning came with one letter in the mailbox. A short message from my boy Elias. Typically, letters come from Ethiopia only 5-6 months. I received my last letter from Elias two months ago. That, and the fact that Elias's last letter had good information in it, I'm feeling pretty hopeful about getting to know Elias better now.

Elias is 16 years old. He wrote his letter on March 20th, 2015.

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Dear Kayla, 

My dear sponsor! Thanks to God that I and my family are all fine. I am now learning in grade 5 in school nicely. Thank you very much for all of your support for me. I have received your photographs and letters with pleasure. Thank you very much for both. I like you very much. My family and I are all thanking you. How are your conditions now? Our country is in fast preparations now. Please pray for my education. Until your next letter! Goodbye. 

Elias

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Crops, Christmas, Chorus, and Curiosity

I seem to be on this alliteration kick lately.

Anyway, I received four letters this week and each one told me about something important that started with C. I just couldn't help but find fun in that.

First up, a letter from Kwizera. As he grows, he is becoming a little more chatty. I definitely like that.

Kwizera is 10 years old and lives in Rwanda. His letter is dated March 18th, 2015.

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Dear Kayla,

To my beloved parent, I first greet you and wish you God's peace. My family is also greeting you very much. At school now, I am in Primary 5 and studies are going well, so pray for me to proceed to Primary 6. Here in Rwanda we are in dry season and our crops have been destroyed by too much sunshine. At the project we have no problems and we are in children's choir. I appreciate the way you love me and may God bless you and your family. I appreciate the letter you wrote to me and my family was also happy. We were glad for the nice photos you sent to me showing how you celebrated Christmas. We also celebrated Christmas. 

Kwizera Yves

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Next, a letter from Sandesh and his tutor. Mail really seems to be delayed from where Sandesh lives. 

Sandesh is 11 years old. His letter is dated January 13th, 2015.
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Dear Kayla,

Greetings to you in the very precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am Priyanka (child development facilitator) and I am writing this letter on behalf of Sandesh. Sandesh is doing well. His family is also doing well. He is a very good boy. He comes regularly to our project because he likes our project very much. He loves Jesus Christ because he realize that Jesus Christ is his savior. I teach all the children. He likes Jesus songs which we taught to them in our center. He is very good in his studies. He regularly does his homework, which is given by the school. 

Nowadays here it is winter season. In this season, the temperature is usually very low. Sandesh likes this season very much. He said to me that this season is very good for me, I like this season very much. Last month we decided to do a special event called Christmas Program. Sandesh likes Christmas because of gifts, chocolate, cakes, and new clothes. In this event we performed a small skit and the group sang. 

He is praying regularly for you and your family. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please pray for him and his family. Thank you. 

With Warm Regards,
Sandesh & Priyanka

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Now, a letter from Fongwin. Even though he wrote this letter in March, he still seems to be keen on talking about Christmas. Kids are funny. 

Also, he's sticking to his usually mystery about financial gifts. He always tells me he spent the money on "stuff or things."

Fongwin is 12 years old and lives in Thailand. This letter is dated March 10th, 2015. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Hello, sponsor. I am very glad to have an opportunity to write you again. Thank you very much for your continuous kindness on me and my family. Thank you for the birthday gift. I spent it on personal things. I and my family are doing fine. How are you and your family? I have a lot of fun on last Christmas. The weather was not cold much at that time. In the morning, we worshiped God. I sang songs with friends at church. I ate food, played games, and exchanged presents with friends. My church has a chorus team also. Being an important day, they practice to sing. The chorus songs are very sweet. I celebrated Christmas at church. There were shows at night. People from other villages joined in this. Please pray for my studies. Finally, may God bless you forever. 

Love in Christ,
Thawatchai

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Lastly, a very first letter from my Haitian princess, Emanise. She's a very curious girl and asked me some great questions. 

Emanise is 15 years old and lives in Haiti. Her letter is not dated. 

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Dear Kayla,

Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always; and I again I say rejoice." I greet you in the powerful name of Jesus. Today I am so pleased to share this verse with you. About my activities, they go very well, thanks to God. For the second school term, I got an average of 7.95 (any ideas what this means?). I want you to know that I like geology very much. Let me ask you a question. Are you married already? How would you like me to pray for you? Thank you for the letter you sent to me. I ask God to protect you in everything you do. I hope you will write to me soon. May God richly bless you. 

Emanise

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Derrick's Latest Photo Update

Photos updates have just been rolling in, lately. Here's the most recent one, my Derrick, from Uganda.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Two Photo Updates

I am always happy to share new photo updates with you! These two precious "babies" are teenagers now. I can't believe how grown up they are getting.


Abu, from Sierra Leone


Celeste, from Honduras