Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Filled-In Form Letters

I've been hearing a lot of great things from my kiddos recently and I love these letters from my littles. Form letters for days! know...for one post. :)

First up, I received my first letter from Jonathan and it was a great introduction letter template. We aren't always guaranteed these for correspondent kids, but I love receiving them because they tell so much of that important, basic information.

Jonathan is 8 years old and lives in Burkina Faso. His letter is not dated, so I am assuming it was written when he was registered in the project and not recently.


1. My Father: Lazare
2. My Mother: Rosalie 
3. My Brothers: None
4. My Sisters: Abigaelle 
5. My Caregivers: None
6. Others: None

7. Favorites: 
    Food: Pasta
    Color: Yellow
    Activity: Sports
    Pet: Dog 

8. My project is 2 km away from my home
9. I go to my project by: Bicyle
10. I go to my project on: Saturday 

Good morning dear Kayla, from your supported child Jonathan. His entire family is healthy and they wish you the same thing. Jonathan is glad to have you as his friend. He and his whole family thank you for choosing him. His says he will pray for you. 


Next up, a letter from Tern. He wrote to me all about his favorite things. He is such a sweet boy!

Tern is 4 years old and lives in Thailand. His letter is dated February 11th, 2017.


1. My Favorite Food Is: Chicken Rice

2. My Favorite Color Is: Orange

3. My Favorite Friend Is: Tonkra 

4. My Favorite Animal Is: Dog 

5. My Favorite Sport Is: Football

6. My Favorite Activity Is: Riding Bikes with Friends

Hello Kayla, 

My name is Chuanchom, the relative who writes this letter on behalf of Thanathip, because he can not write on his own. His nickname is Tern. He thanks you very much for sending him a letter. He goes to school by tricycle, which belongs to his relative. His friends are Tonkra, Bonus, and Khow. They go to school together. Are there tricycles in your town? He likes to go to the field with his grandmother. He likes to feed the duck, chickens, and fish. He also likes to water the vegetables, as well. His grandmother planted corn for selling. He would like you to pray for his writing too. May God bless you and your family. With Love in Christ. 


Last up, a letter from Djimitri. He wrote his letter on the My Project Learning template. I love how he and his tutor chose to fill in the blanks. It seems like they learn a lot of great things at this project! 

Djmitri is 6 years old and lives in Togo. This letter was written on April 4th, 2017. 


1. In my project, I am learning about: Reading the Bible 

2. About taking care of my body, I have learned: Doing Sports

3. My favorite thing I have learned in my project is: The story of Jesus Christ

4. About being kind and polite, I have learned: To be respectful 

5. About my community, I have learned: To participate in community works. 

Thanks a lot of all you have been doing for us. Please pray for my studies, my family, and my project.


Monday, April 24, 2017

El Tablon Updates: April 2017

The last of my Manna 4 Lempira photo updates came in today and my boys are so handsome, I can't even handle it!

It's so great to see them holding the cards and gifts that I sent to them, as well.

13 Year Old Ivan is Looking Grown Up!

9 Year old Jordy Cut Off His Curly Hair! 

5 Year Old Noel is So Sweet! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Five Letters Into April

After the huge letter success of last month, I was expecting less letters this month and I was correct. I have received five letters so far this month and that is still such a blessing. Five letters from five beautiful children. It doesn't get much better than that.

First up, I received an introduction letter from one of my newest girls, Kamaldine. Learning this first bit of information from a child is always so great. It feels as if the relationship has truly begun with a first letter.

Kamaldine is 5 years old and lives in Burkina Faso. Her letter is dated March 25th, 2017.


1. My Father: Ismael 
2. My Mother: Balquissa
2. My Brothers: Mohammad 
4. My Sisters: None 
5. Caregiver's Name: Ismael 
6. Others: Haimouna (Grandmother) 

7. Favorites: 
Food: Mixed Rice 
Color: Yellow
Activity: Songs
Animal: Ox

8. My project is 1 km from my house

9. I got to my project by: Motorcycle 

10. I go to my project on: Saturday 

Hello dear supporter! I am very glad to write to you. I attend school but now we are on break. I attend primary school grade 1 and I had 9.25 out of 10 as an average grade. It is warm here and there is a dry wind too. I play in my home with my friend Cheiok who I love a lot because he is too kind to me. I have a friend at school called Nafi. I sincerely greet you. 


Now a letter from Kwizera Yves. I just heard from him last month, so another letter is great. I have been receiving letters less than every two months from many of my children lately. This is a wonderful improvement over waiting many months before the new system switched over. This new system keeps proving itself over and over again.

Kwizera Yves is 12 years old and lives in Rwanda. He wrote this letter on April 8th, 2017. It took mere DAYS to get to me, as I received it earlier this week.


Dear Kayla, 

Beloved sponsor who I love very much. I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ. My family and I love you and we pray for you. May God bless you. It has been raining here in Rwanda. At school I obtained 56% marks and we are in holidays for the 1st term. We will soon start the 2nd term. Thank you for the photos and for telling me that you celebrated Christmas at home. We celebrated our Christmas at the project. We ate and prayed. Thank you for the questions you asked me. My favorite fruits are oranges. My favorite vegetable is cabbage. My favorite food is rice. On a sunny day I play soccer and on a cold day I put on warm clothes and sleep. My favorite sport is football. I am pleased that you told me about Mulwa. I am pleased that we share the same sponsor. Does Mulwa like to pray? Thank you. 



Next, a letter from Jhojaira who has turned into quite a chatterbox. :) 

Jhojaira is 13 years old and lives in Peru. Her letter is dated Marh 4th, 2017. 


Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I greet you in the name of Jesus. I hope you are in good health. I'm happy to receive your letter and pictures. I want to tell you about my Christmas. We had steak and we played the secret family gift exchange. We also celebrated my birthday and we had cake and pork and chicken. We went to different touristic places. We also celebrated New Year's. We made a person doll and we burnt it at midnight. It symbolizes an old person and the best is yet to come in the new year. Then we shot a lot of fireworks and drank hot chocolate and ate cake. I enjoyed every moment because I was with my family. I send greetings to your family wishing you blessings and a happy 2017. I say bye with kisses and hugs. 



Then I will share a letter from Brian, who appears to not have been feeling very chatty when he wrote this letter. Just the basics and then it was off to hang out with his friends, if I had to guess. 

Brian is 15 years old and lives in Kenya. His letter is dated February 25th, 2017. 


Dear Kayla, 

Receive warm greetings in Jesus name. I am hoping that you are fine. My family is fine and God has been protecting us. How is your family? In our country, the weather is sunny and cold. How is the weather in your country? I am so glad because God has protected me and I am able to see another year. Before I wind up, I have a memory verse I want to share with you. It is Psalm 121. It says, "I will look up to the mountains. From where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth." Thank you for the letter that you wrote to me and for your support. May God bless you. 



And to end, another great letter from my pal Gary. I haven't been writing to him long but his letters are great! It's almost as if he has just been waiting for somebody to write to, to share his thoughts with. I am so glad to have him in my life. He is such a great young man.

Gary is 16 years old and is from Nicaragua. He wrote this letter on February 9th, 2017.


Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

Gary greets you. Thank you for the sponsorship and for all the blessings you give to me. I thank you for the letter you sent me. It made me so happy. I spent Christmas with my family. I went to the park with my friends and visited my dad. I had a good time and they took us to a place called "Playa Gigante". I had a good time there because we swam and we ate. I am beginning a new school year and ministry. I am excited because there are going to be new guys who I will join with and make new friends. How did you spend Christmas? How has your health been? I would like to know, how old are you? I pray for you and I ask you to pray for my mom and my family. I say goodbye with love and affection, asking God to take care of you all the time. 



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Anthony's Easter Update: 2017

Another one of my Manna boys got his Easter photo update! I have three more photos to go from my boys who attend the El Tablon center. Those photos will all arrive on the same day and then I will post them here. So be on the look out!

Sweet Anthony is the baby of my family, at just two years old. He is looking so adorable!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Brayan's Easter Update: 2017

I am so happy to post this today! I just got these new photos about an hour ago, but I couldn't wait to share them!

Brayan, one of the sweet boys I sponsor through Manna 4 Lempira has some Easter updates. All of the children from his community, Mi Betania, was given updates. I'm not sure if the other two communities got photo updates, as well, or not but if they did, those photos haven't been posted yet.

Anyway, I was able to send Brayan a card with a few flat goodies. I sent candy, stickers, and a toy airplane. In these photos, you can see his new updated photo and then a photo of him holding the card I sent him. I can't help but feel overjoyed that he's wearing a robot shirt because the stickers I sent him were robot stickers!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Five More Letters to Share

I know that these long posts may not be entertaining to read, but I've been receiving so many letters lately (yay!) that I just don't have time to split them into smaller posts, because by the time they all post, I have received another large group of letters. I'm definitely NOT complaining about receiving large amounts of letters. Just sharing the facts. :) I am overjoyed to be hearing from my kids so often.

So without further ado, let's begin with a letter from Airin. She wrote this letter on the My Hopes for the Future template.

Airin is 7 years old and lives in Indonesia. Her letter is dated March 6th, 2017.


1. In the future, I hope to learn about: Making Cakes/Cooking

2. In the future, I hope to do the following activity: Skydiving 

3. When I grow up: I do want to go to university 

4. In the future, I hope to visit: America

5. In the future, I hope to meet: My sponsor 

6. When I grow up, I want to be a: Teacher 

Dear Mama Kayla, 

Thank you for your letter. I am so happy to read it. I am doing well here. I hope that you and your family are also doing well too. I am in grade 1 now. I am happy to play and learn with my friends. Please pray that I will be successful and make my parents proud of you. May Jesus's love bless us! 


Onto a letter from Rebecca. The more I hear from her and get to know about her, I think she is really Miss Personality. She seems to be quite a little leader. I look forward to watching her grow into a lovely young woman, if I am blessed with that opportunity. 

Rebecca is 9 years old and lives in the Philippines. Her letter is dated February 25th, 2017. 


Dear Ate Kayla, 

Good Day! How are you and your family? We are doing well here. How about your weather there? We always experience heavy rains here. I will always use what you said in your letter about spiritual armor. About the Christmas holidays, we had our Christmas party celebration at school. I was the Master of Ceremony and my partner was Jhon Wendell. It was a half day celebration. Each one of us brought food. We had parlor games also, after the party finished. I am happy and thankful upon reading your letters again. Thank you for giving time in writing a letter to me. On February 16th, 2017 I joined a math challenge contest at school but I don't know what our score is because we had to go home early due to heavy rains. In the learning center, we always study the Bible and we received a new bible. There will be more learning about God. Galatians 5:14, All the law can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself. 



Next up, a letter from Ayling, who I was definitely surprised to hear from again so soon. Lovely surprise, of course! She has a tutor help her write her letters still, but I think I am going to encourage her to write letters on her own, if she is able to. Tutors are great, but it's always great to see our kids' own handwriting. 

Ayling is 10 years old and is from Nicaragua. She wrote this letter on January 4th, 2017. 


Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

Receive greetings from Ayling. She wishes that God may bless you. She thanks you for your sponsorship and the letter that you sent her. She wants to tell you that she is happy because she passed her grade and is now in 5th grade. She says she likes gardens and butterflies of different colors. She wants to know what is your favorite color? She wish that God may bless you. She hopes to hear from you soon. She fondly says goodbye. Her sponsor Jaqueline helped to write this letter. 


I have one more letter from a sweet girl and then we'll end with a young man. This next letter is from Sunrei, who I have also heard from very recently. It really seems like that any letters that were stuck in a letter traffic jam have made their way through. And I am loving that I am receiving letters written just a few short weeks ago. And this particular letter has some exciting news! 

Sunrei is 10 years old and is from Peru. Her letter is dated March 1st, 2017. 


Dear Godmother Kayla, 

I greet you with the love of Christ. I thank you for the beautiful letter you sent me. I tell you in this month we are in summer and it is 31 degrees. In the winter, it is 29 degrees, but very beautiful. I like the photos you sent. Your dog is hot right now. I love you a lot. I am going to the beach with my tutor and my classmates. The snow is beautiful in your country. In my project and at school I sing. I like to praise God. I am learning more things about God. In April, my mom is going to give birth. I am happy that I'm going to have a new sibling! I always pray hard for you in every moment, for God to take care of everything. What is your favorite verse? I wish to pray for my family, for their spiritual life. I close with love. 



And like I said, we end with a young man, a letter from Gary. He had so much to say in this letter. I always have the chattiest teen and young adult boys! His photo cracks me up because I think that he has a beautiful smile in there somewhere! 

Gary is 16 years old and lives in Nicarauga. His letter is dated February 20th, 2017. 


Hello Dear Kayla, 

Greetings from Gary. I thank you for the present and for all the blessings you are giving me. I am happy to know that I am your sponsored child. First of all, I want to congratulate you for your birthday that is very close. I am 16 years old and my birthday is on November 27th. My favorite colors are pink and purple. My favorite meal is rice and beans with plantain chips, cheese, and salad. What I like most is to play football. I have two brothers and their names are Maycol who is 10 years old and Alexander who is 12 years old. My dad is called Daniel and my mom Carla. Well, where I live it is very happy. Thank God my family and I are in good health. I liked to know that you had a very good time with your friends from university and that you celebrated your grandfather's birthday together with your family. Well, you would like to know what my house is made of. It is made of zinc sheets and I live with my mom, stepfather, and brothers. I do sleep in my own bed. At home, we have no electricity and water is provided by one of our neighbors. The most common jobs in my neighborhood are shoe stores, grocery stores, sale of tortillas and nacatamales and the way to travel is by bus or car. What I like most about the project is that they do spiritual retreats. The typical foods in my community are rice, beans, cheese, tortillas, and nacatamales. A popular place in my community is Mrs. Coco's grocery store. I always pray for you and your family and I ask you to pray for me and my family. I would like to know, how is the weather in your country? Without more to say, I thank you for e everything. I say goodbye.