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Friday, February 12, 2016

Letters from some Expressive, Young Men

Man, my teen and young adult men from around the world sure do write some great letters! They're engaging, detailed-filled, and ask wonderful questions. It's just such a blessing to communicate with these guys.

Over the last few days, I've received four letters from four of these young men. I will share them with you today.

First up, a letter from Sevenson. He is 14 years old and lives in Haiti. His letter is dated August 3rd, 2015. I have no idea what's up with the 6 month delay in delivery, but I'm happy to receive it now.

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Dear Kayla, 

I greet you in the name of Jesus, the almighty. I am doing fine with all my family. I am in my time of vacation and I now play ball with my friends. I always go to church with my parents. Thank you for the letter and the encouraging words and the prayers for me. What do you do as special things for vacation? I would ask you to pray for me to spend a good end of vacation. I love you. 

Sevenson

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Next, a letter from Florenc. He was full of questions in this letter. I will have to make sure to answer them all in my next letter. 

Florenc is 16 years old and lives in Albania. 

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Dear Kayla, 

I was glad I received your letter! How are you doing? Are you having cold? It hasn't snowed here yet, but according to the weather forecast, it's going to snow very soon. As for my class, I would say that we haven't changed much. We are still playful and mischief-making students, but I believe we will change. 

After the holidays, school started again with a lot of studies and exams. How were your holidays? Mine were fine. How is everything going with your job? I hope that you are satisfied with it! Is there anything interesting that you've done during these days? Do you have many friends? Can you tell me the name of your best friend? I'd like to receive your letter very soon! I love reading letters from you! 

Have a great day, full of love and family and harmony. Keep smiling and live long! 

Love, 
Florenc

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Now, a long, beautiful letter from Abbas. I can tell, through reading his letters, that he is a very intelligent, young man. He writes very eloquently. 

Abbas is 18 years old and lives in Uganda. His letter was written November 23rd, 2015. 

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Dear Kayla, 

I hope everything is okay on your side, because I know that God is always with you. How is your country and your family? I hope that my friend is doing well. Back to me, I am very well, the family is okay, and the country is well. It is preparing for the visit of Pope Francis of Rome. 

I am very happy to write to you again an, as usual, I thank you for all the support you give me, as you know them very well. Thanks for the letters you sent to me, which are good because of their information. I am very glad to hear that you had your annual Vacation Bible School. Through that letter, I got to know about Gods power for each day. Send my greetings to my friend in Tanzania. Ask him what he does in his leisure time. 

On the school side, we have completed our year of studies, so next year we are to be in the next class. I thank God for that and I pray to him to continue blessing me such that I next year in Senior Six, I also perform better and then join university. Our home is very well because all my family members are well. I pray to God to continue blessing them. 

As usual, the project is doing well for us. We have many good things, like we got new uniforms which are beautiful. We are going to have a Christmas party next month. I am very sure that the project loves us and because of its love, we can do many things. I told you that I do break dance. I cannot wait for our Christmas party because we are having a dance competition. I am going to show my talent. 

Though I wrote this letter to thank you for your letters you sent to me, the main issues I want to share with you is about the beauty of the Pearl of Africa (Uganda). Uganda is called that because we have beautiful things, like physical features, good fertile soils, formidable climate, and other things. Uganda is located along the Eastern part of Africa. Before 2008, Uganda had 72 districts, but now it has over almost 100 districts. This shows that it is a developing country. We have a presidents, many members of parliament, and also councils. Uganda has physical features like lakes, rivers, mountains, and others. It has a good climate. In this, I mean sometimes it rains and sometimes we experience sunshine. Our climate is favorable compared to other countries in Africa. Uganda also has good security, which also helps other countries in times of war and conflict. 

I would like to stop here because if I continue, I will not stop writing because we have many attractive things in Uganda. But the best thing is for you to come and take a visit and see everything with your own eyes. If I decide to write about all of them, I may use an entire ream of paper. 

Thank you. I love you from back to the moon! Merry Christmas and happy new year! May God bless you. 

Abbas 

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To end, a letter from Wendjy. Wendjy is another one of my super intelligent young men. He gets great grades in school and has big plans for his future.

Wendjy is 20 years old and lives in Haiti. He wrote this letter on November 26th, 2015.

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Dear Kayla,

As usual, it is a great pleasure for me to write a letter to you, each time I find the opportunity. As you and your family doing well? I am very well, by Gods grace, except for my sister, who has had an accident. But she is getting better now. Thanks for your letter and pictures. It is always a pleasure to answer your questions. I will still be in the project while I am in college, but just for two more years. My church has bible study and VBS. I always feel God's presence in nature and through what he has done for me. When I sleep, I am able to wake up again. I haven't found a job yet. I am more interested in my studies now. I was happy to read the stories you shared with me. I am glad you shared my birthday with me again. I wish you a Merry Christmas and may God bless you. 

Wendjy

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

1st Sunday Advocate: February 2016

I've decided to try something new.

On the 1st Sunday of each month, I will share photos of children that need a loving sponsor. All of the children that I feature will be children that attend one of the projects that one of my kids attend.

If you have room in your sponsorship family for a new child, maybe you will feel drawn to one of these kids. Then, we would have kids at the same project and can talk about them all the time. :)

After each child, I will put the name of the children that I sponsor in that project. Then you can find them in the side bar and click on their picture. Doing so, you will be able to read letters that I've received from that child and learn more about their community and project.

Here are this month's kids:


















Alejandra has a sponsor! 













Friday, February 5, 2016

3 Letters from 3 Boys

The first week of February was pretty successful. I heard from three of my boys!

First up, a letter from Solomon. This letter is actually a copy of the original letter. It had been about 8 months since my last letter. When I inquired about it, I received this copy from Compassion. I have no idea what happened to the original letter.

Solomon is 10 years old and lives in India. He wrote this letter on December 12th, 2015.

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Dear Aunty, 

Greetings to you in Jesus's name. How are you? Here, I an my parents, my brother Praveen, and my sisters Esther and Shradha are fine by the grace o God. I received your letters. I am very happy to see and read all your letters, Aunty. Even I learnt about God's creation in my Sunday School. God created the whole world in 5 days. On the 6th day, God created Adam from dust and Eve from Adam's rib bone. ON the 7th day, he rested, so we attend church on the 7th day to thank you to God. We had VBS in April and I learnt about the same content. We saw on TV five testimonials from people. God provides, God forgives, God heals us, God forgives our sins, and God gives us enternal life. Aunty, I learnt about the 9 fruits of the spirit. It is very nice and a blessing. I will pray for Ernest, Aunty. I celebrated my birthday by eating cake and distributing sweets, in a very simple manner. I can't read all your letter content, so my Aunty helped me to read and understand and write this reply. I wish you a happy Christmas and a happy new year. 

Thanking You, 
Solomon

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Next up, a letter from Xhuliano. I had a bit of a slowdown from him, so it's great to hear from him again!

Xhuliano is 15 years old and lives in Albania. 

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Dear My Wonderful Friend, 

I enjoyed when I got your letter again. Not only me, but my sisters too. 

Yes, my friend, I enjoyed a lot your information that I read about Gage and Chloe. I am happy that you take care of these wonderful children. I wish them 100 years. I am very proud of you. Those children are lucky to have you to take care of them. They grow up very quickly. They are smart children that are learning to write, color, and recite. My sister Marcela also knows how to write her name, color, and recite too. She is in preschool now. I wish your children to be lucky in life and to be healthy. God bless you!

On November 28th, I will be 15 years old. I am very happy and I can't wait to celebrate. Now, I close the letter. 

With Lots of Love, 
Kayla

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Lastly, a letter from Taye. It has taken a very long time, but he has become so open in his letters. It's great to see behind the mask and know about things going on in his life. 

Taye is 18 years old and lives in Ethiopia. He wrote this letter on November 18th, 2015. 

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Dear Kayla, 

How are you doing? May the grace & peace o the Lord be with you forever bountifully. Are you doing well? Praise the Lord, my family and I are doing very well. I praise the Lord for he safeguarded us all! You told me about the children's programs in your church. In the same way, we have children's and youth worship program on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. It is very nice and interesting. We do sports, like football. Recently, our football teams played against the district football teams and we won the cup! We gave it to the project office. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me! I hope we will meet in the next letter. 

Yours, 
Taye

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Surprise Correspondent Child!

Last Monday, I was assigned three new correspondent kids, as you probably saw me post. Then, on Friday, I was checking my account for photo updates and saw a new name. I hadn't wanted anymore correspondent kids, so naturally, I didn't put my name on the list. So...this correspondent child was a complete surprise. However, as soon as I saw a new name (before I even saw the photo) I was squealing with joy. A new kiddo! A surprise kiddo!

This is not the first time I've received a correspondent child as a surprise. In fact, it's the 4th time. In the past, I've been assigned Kwizera, Derrick, and Nandini without ever requesting them. They just show up on my account.

I know that the best answer is that I'm probably added to the waiting list again, by mistake, since the surprise children always come after other requests are filled. However, my friend Teresa has another explanation. She says that if a child is meant to be mine, then God doesn't care if I request them or not. They're going to show up anyway. I like that explanation better.

So without further ado, meet 18 year old Ronaldo, from Colombia:


He's due for a new photo anytime in the next couple of months, so I imagine he looks much more grown up now. 

I am so excited to get to write to him! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

And Now, A Word from Faith!

I received a nice letter from Faith today. I really see her letter writing improving. She's opening up more and more and really getting better at sharing details. I love to see progress like this in my kids.

In this letter, Faith references a letter that I sent to all of my kids, about the lunar eclipse. I've gotten some great responses about that letter. I shared about the science behind a lunar eclipse. I also shared about how God has perfectly designed the entire universe so that things line up perfectly, giving us beautiful images that we can see how Earth. It was a pretty fun letter to write. :)

Faith is 10 years old and lives in Kenya. Her letter is dated November 16th, 2015.

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Dear Kayla,

How are you, my dear sponsor? How is it going in your place? Me and my family members are okay, under God's protection. 

I am so grateful for the letter you sent to me. May the Lord grant you success in everything you do. I love the pictures that you send to me. In fact, I learned a lot. I was unable to see the eclipse with my own eyes, but I thank God you saw it and shared your experience with me. That shows your concern and love for me. 

I wish to meet you and have a walk and verbal talk with you. I wish you a nice Christmas. I pray that God will open a chance for me to share one celebration with you. 

All the best, 
Faith

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Three New Correspondent Kids!

Hi Everyone!

As you may know, from reading my blog, I love having 50 kids in my sponsorship family, at all times. It's just the perfect number for me. I love getting to know that many kids and writing letters to them all. However, awhile back, I lost correspondent children due to a mix-up with Compassion's computer system. I was one of hundreds of correspondent sponsors to lose children, so as you can imagine, the waiting list for new kids became very long. Months long. In fact, I've been on the list for new kids since the beginning of September.

Along the way, the financial sponsor of Fongwin cancelled his sponsorship and I picked up it, so technically, I was only 2 children away from my goal of 50, but decided to stay on the waiting list for three kids, due to Lazarus graduating in March of this year.

After a long wait, three new faces arrived, all on the same day! :) Please welcome these new kiddos to my family:



10 year old Indresh from India


9 year old Fetehalew from Ethiopia



5 year old Tarimu from Ethiopia


As always, it was love at first site when I saw these kids on my account. I'm always amazed at how quickly I fall in love with these children. I've already sent my first letter off to them and I am looking forward to building a wonderful relationship with them! 



Friday, January 15, 2016

A Trio of Letters from India

I was happy to find three letters from some of my kids in India. Actually, I was surprised because two of the letters I received are from kids I just heard from earlier this month, so less than two weeks ago!

To begin, a letter from Nandini. She is 10 years old. Her letter is dated November 27th, 2015.

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Dear Sponsor, 

Greetings to you in the miraculous name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am fine here. I hope and pray that you are also fine over there. Thank you very much for your love, prayers, and support. We had a vacation bible school at our church. We sang songs and learned many bible stories. Many children received Christ as their personal savior. There are no peacocks in our community. In the month of March, I will be in another class. I will be in grade 4. Psalm 93 is my favorite verse. Nature gives us fruits and beauty. Thank you. 

Your Loving Child,
Nandini

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Now, a letter from Sadiya. She is 11 years old. She wrote her letter on September 16th, 2015. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I hope you and your family are fine. Me and my family are also good. I received your letter. I am very glad to know about you. I like your beautiful pictures and I also like the stickers. Thank you very much. My studies are going on well. I went to my native place and attended a wedding at my relative's house. I enjoyed it there a lot. Please pray for me and my family. I always pray for you. 

Yours Lovingly, 
Sadiya

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Now, a word from Sagar. He is 12 years old. His letter is dated September 18th, 2016. 

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Dear Kayla,

Greetings to you in the precious name of Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for your love, help, and support.  I send you a big hello from India. I love you very much. You are the most important person in my life. I always remember you and your family in my prayers. I am happy to write this letter to you. How are you? I am fine. I hope that you and your family are doing well. Thank you so much for your beautiful letter and photos. I like your letter and photos. 

I am studying in 8th grade. I am regularly going to school. I daily completing my homework. My favorite subject is Marathi. I am regularly attending the project. I like the project center very much. I like the project center food. Our project center arranges many programs for children and families. My project center arranges meetings for parents, for bible study and educational awareness. My family likes the project center activities. 

I like Jesus songs and stories. I love you so much. I send you many strong hugs. Thank you for your help and support. I am praying for you and your family. 

Your Loving Child,
Sagar

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