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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two More Letters!

Well, after receiving no letters for weeks, I've received six letters in a weekend. I'd say those are pretty great results. :)

I have two more to share with you today. I received these two letters yesterday.

First up, a short letter from Sadiya. Sadiya is one of my kids that I think doesn't like to write. Her project gets the letters out on time, every two months, but writing doesn't seem to be one of Sadiya's favorite activities. She shares a few sentences with me and then runs off to the project activities. :)

Sadiya is 10 years old and lives in India. This letter was written on September 23rd, 2014.

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Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. How are you and how are your family members? In my family, we are all well. How is the weather in your country? In our country, summer season is going on. Everyday I go to the project. Last month, my project provided me with a school bag. We celebrated Teacher's Day at our project. I received your letter. I am very happy to read your letter. Every Sunday, I go to church and Sunday school. Thank you very much for your support. Please pray for my family members. 

Your Loving Sadiya

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Then, I also got a letter from Fongwin. I love the imagery of rain and rain gear that his letter paints in my mind. :) 

Fongwin is 11 years old and lives in Thailand. He wrote this letter on September 2nd, 2014. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Hello, sponsor. I'm very glad to write a letter to you again. I'd like to thank you very much for your love and kindness for me and my family. Thank you very much for a general gift. I bought house supplies. My family and I are fine. How are you and your family? It's the rainy season in my country. It rains a lot. Farmers finished growing rice. There is a summer camp every year here, as in your country. The activities are alike, as in your country. It's very fun. I'll write to you again. My school has started. I bring a raincoat with me. Some of my friends don't bring coats or umbrellas with them, so they might get sick. It snows in your country, does it also rain? Please pray for my studies and my health. Lastly, may God bless you to be happy. 

Love in Christ, 
Fongwin

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

First Letter, New Letter

I have two more letters to share with you. I received these yesterday, with the two letters from Allison.

First up, I received my very first letter from Chintada. He dictated some of my letter back to me, which I find a little funny, for some reason. But, he also shared things about himself, which I love, of course.

Chintada is 18 years old and lives in East India. This letter was October 9th, 2014.

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Dear Kayla, 

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I and my family are doing well by the grace of God. I hope and pray that everything will be going on well with you. 

I am very much happy to receive your letter and hear about your family through this letter. I am praying for your family in my daily prayer. I know that you are 25 years old and are not married and don't have any children. I am praying for your marriage life. I am very much happy to listen about your responsibility that you are taking care of the children. I cam to know your favorite food, color, sweet, animal, and weather. 

I am not studying in college, but I am learning tailoring training at the project center. Please pray for my tailoring training. The weather is very cold here. What is your weather? Please pray for me and I will be praying for you. Thanks, in Christ's love. 

Chintada

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Next up, a letter from Maria. It's a short letter, for her. She usually writes a little bit more. I know that most projects have kids write letters before they go off for fun activities. In cases of short letters, I like to picture my child hurriedly writing so they can run off to join a soccer game, sing a song, do some art, etc. 

Maria is 10 years old and lives in Brazil. This letter was written on September 9th, 2014. 

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Dear Sponsor Kayla,

Hello! How are you? Me and my family are well. I'm in 5th grade and my grades are good. We are in exam week. I am studying hard for exams. The subjects I like the most are math, English, and science. Here in the project, I do swimming and art. Tomorrow, we will go to the zoo. I will like it a lot because I love animals. I have a dog called Morena. Thanks for the letters you sent. 

A hug from your sponsored child,
Maria

Kisses!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Drought is Over!

It has been over two weeks since I last received a letter from my kiddos. I know that two weeks is that long of a wait, but when you write to as many kids as I do, you start to get used to receiving multiple letters a week. I was beginning to get a little grouchy only seeing bills in my mailbox. :)

But today, I received four letters. Whoo hoo!

I'm just going to share two of those letters today and two of them tomorrow. Both of these letters are from my girl Allison.

I have been writing to her for eight months and hadn't heard from her yet. But today, I got two letters from her today. They were both written on October 3rd, so I'm not sure what the hold up was, but I'm happy to have them now. They are both response letters to letters that I've written.

Allison is 10 years old and lives in Ecuador.




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Dear Kayla, 

I send greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ's name. I am also happy to get to know you. My name is Allison and my mother's name is Janeth. My stepfather's name is Victor. I have two siblings, a baby sister name Analia and my brother Cristopher. I am 10 years old.My birthday is on November 25th. My grandmother's name is Irma. As for your questions, yes I do like babies. My favorite food is roasted chicken and I like fruits. My favorite color is red. In my spare time I play and read books. What sports do you like? I don't like to spend the nights alone. I like to be with my parents and siblings. You are beautiful. I must close for now. 

In Jesus's Name,
Allison

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Dear Kayla, 

I greet you in the name of Jesus. How have you been? I've been fine. I tell you that I'm on vacation and I've had a beautiful time. I'm very happy to greet you. How is the weather there? It is cold here, but I'm happy because I finished taking my exams and I've had a good time with my family. Do you study? I'm eager to meet you. Do you have pets? I have a dog. I'm having a good time on my vacation. Do you like to read the bible? I like to read it and know more about God. I like to play a lot and I like to watch TV. Well, I'm glad to have greeted you and I say goodbye in the name of Jesus. 

Allison

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fruits of the Spirit


As you all know, I work with the little munchkins at my church. Well, we sing a lot of songs. Singing fun songs is one of the best ways to teach kids (and get them to remember!) bible verses, stories, messages, etc. At any given time, you'll hear a kid walking around the church singing a song from VBS or Sunday School. 

And...as an adult, you'll walk around singing those songs too...


I have had this little ditty running through my head for weeks. On the positive side, I now know the fruits of the spirit, in order, without missing a single one. Score one for children's songs! 




And (yes, I've started two sentences with and now), because I like to tie things in child sponsorship all the time, I decided to share some kiddos that are waiting for a sponsor. These beautiful girls are all named after one of those fruits of the spirit. How cool is that? 



Love is 4 years old and lives in Ghana, with her mother and 4 siblings. She has not yet started school. She enjoys singing and playing group games. 




Joy is 5 years old, from Kenya. She lives with her parents and 2 siblings. She does well in kindergarten and likes to play group games. 



Patience is 18 years old and lives in Ghana. She shares her home with her parents and 2 siblings. She is doing well in middle school and enjoys singing and jumping rope. 




Faith is 5 years old and lives in Kenya. She lives with her mother and doesn't have any siblings. She is doing well in preschool. She most likes playing with her friends. 







Sunday, November 16, 2014

Update on IN-860

After somebody asked in the comments the other day, I realized that I never updated you all on Compassion project IN-860.

For those that don't know, back in July, the project my boy Sagar attended, IN-860, which is located in a red-light district in India, was put on probation for three months. The project earned probation because the connecting church wasn't following Compassion's strict financial guidelines. The church/project staff weren't using the money from sponsors in a way that was benefiting children. Sadly, this can happen.

Compassion gave the project three months to, basically, get it's act together. Compassion staff worked very closely with the project over those three months, but unfortunately, the problems could not be resolved and the project closed.

However, this is not the end of the story. Another church in the community, decided that they wanted to partner with Compassion. So, a new project was opened and all of the children that were attending IN-860, were transferred to the next project, IN-868.

So, I will not be losing my sweet boy. I get to keep connected Sagar and his lovely family, as well as the community I've enjoyed learning about.




Friday, November 14, 2014

Hard to Wait

It has been 10 days since I last received a letter/had something to post about!

It's so hard to wait!

I really don't have anything to say.

I just didn't want to leave my blog empty anymore.

Umm...have a good weekend!

:)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Teenagers are Pretty Great

I received two letters today, both from some pretty great teenagers/young adults. I love the back-and-forth, pen-pal-like relationship I've developed with my teenagers. It's so great to encourage to encourage them and be encouraged by them. I am very thankful for these relationships.

First up, a letter from Lina. Lina is 15 years old and lives in Colombia. She wrote this letter on September 4th, 2014.

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Dear Sponsor, 

May God bless you. Know that I am doing very well, thank God, and my family is fine. My project's name is "Lluvia de Amor" (Rain of Love) and we have many different activities there, like going to the sports field or to a pool. I attend there Wednesdays and Thursdays and I like it because I have a great time there. I have a very good tutor, his name is Jhon Deivy and we enjoy talking and having fun. He has taught me that "love is waiting." What I love about the project is when we learn "abilities for life." It is my favorite activity there and I'm learning many things that I didn't know. In the project we usually eat beans, lentils, and meat. Thank you for all your presents, for your monthly support, for your letters, and everything else. I send you Proverbs 2:6 for you to think about. I say goodbye with a big hug. 

Lina

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Next up, is a letter from Wendjy. He is 19 years old and lives in Haiti. His letter is dated September 18th, 2014.

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Dear Kayla,

I'm so glad to communicate with you and I'm always happy for this moment. How are you? What are your new activities for this moment? I'm doing well, thanks to God. Thanks for the letter, the photo, and the card. You asked about the weather in my country. It's very hot and it's sunny. At night it is cool. There are fruits like avocado and sugar cane. You asked me about something special when children lose their milk teeth. It is very interesting because other people and parents are glad to see that and they (***illegible word***) the children when they have lost their milk teeth and the new teeth are always nice. I passed the state exams. The school year has already begun. I started back at school since the 2nd week of September. I live with my older sister. Thanks for the card. I wrote a scripture in it to offer to someone, but I didn't find someone who is in such a situation to offer it to. Pray that card will allow me to have a good school year and pass the state exams next June, and to finish my classic school and then go to college. I want to share Colossians 3:16 with you. It says, "Do all you do for the Lord, but not for men." 

Wendjy

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