Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Another Trio of Letters

I seem to be receiving letters in groups of three lately. I have to say, it's quite nice to find a stack of letters in my mailbox, especially so often.

First, a letter from Enmanuel. He's one of my newer kids and this is my very first letter from him. It's fairly short, but the information is still good. Also, he has the cutest, big, loopy little boy handwriting. :)

Enmanuel is 7 years old and lives in the Dominican Republic. This letter appears to have been written when he was first enrolled in the program.


Dear Sponsor, 

May God bless you and your family very much. My name is Enmanuel. I live with my mom, Alexandra and my brothers, Brayan and Alan. I'm so glad to write to you. I ask you to pray for me and my family. 



Next, a letter from my sweet boy, Mulwa. This letter is written on the My Favorite template. 

Mulwa is 8 years old and lives in Kenya. This letter was written on August 1st, 2015. 


My favorite food is rice and beans. My favorite food is football. My favorite activity is herding animals. My favorite color is red. My favorite friend is John. My favorite animal is a cow. My favorite hero is Obama. My favorite toy is a bicycle. 

Hello, Mulwa salutes you in Jesus name. He says that he is going on well together with the family. Mulwa says that he is grateful to God for his care and protection. Mulwa really appreciates the letters and gifts you have been sending to him. May God bless you. 


Lastly, a letter from Jhon. Like a couple of my other kids lately, he is always responding to me asking him to pray for another one of my sponsored children. I think it's great that my kids are responding to having prayer partners. 

Jhon is 16 years old and lives in Bolivia. His letter is dated August 24th, 2015. 


Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I greet you with the holy peace of the Lord. I'm very happy for the letter that you sent and I want to thank you for the stickers. They are very nice. My family is going well, thank God. I will pray for all of the children and for Nikko. I want to tell you that my family is in good health. On Sunday, I went with my friends in a ride to the Botanical Gardens and we had a great time. I want to share a bible verse with you, Psalm 16-17. I say goodbye with the peace of the Lord and may He bless you and your family. Pray for my family. 



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Another Group of Letters to Share

I was amazed to receive a total of 6 letters so far this month, in only 3 days! I received these letters on Saturday, since, is Sunday and there isn't mail delivery on Sunday. "No post on Sundays!" (For all my Harry Potter fan brethren.)

First, a letter from Allison. She's quickly turning into an every 1-2 month letter writer, which I think it's pretty great. Haha.

Allison is 11 years old and lives in Ecuador. She wrote this letter on August 6th, 2015.


Dear Kayla, 

My dear sponsor, I greet you in the name of Jesus. I'm in 8th grade. I am happy because I took exams. I wonder, how are you? How is the weather? I have had a good time with my family. Thank you for writing to me. I love to study. What subject do you like? I like grammar and math. I like to play. I am happy because my birthday is approaching. Dear sponsor, I look forward to receiving your next letter. I say goodbye in the name of Jesus. 



Now a letter from Emanuel. He is responding to the questions I asked all of my kids about their country. I like learning these details about my kids' countries. 

I also wrote a letter to each of my kids pairing them up with a "prayer partner", which is another child that I write to. 

Emanuel is 18 years old and lives in Tanzania. This letter is dated August 22nd, 2015. 


Dear Kayla, 

I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. My family and I are fine and doing well. How are you doing? 

Now I am doing well at school. I'm very happy about the picture that you sent to me. In your letters you talked about Abbas. I promise you that I will pray for Abbas. You told me about your church. I would like to tell you that at our church we started a youth choir, for ages 10-18. Also, you asked me about my sister. I would like to tell you that she is fine and healthy. 

The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma, where the president lives. Now, it's the campaign for the election for president and parliament. Our Independence Day is December 9th. I would like to give you a verse from Psalm 101:1. I want to ask you a question. Why did you accept Jesus to be the Lord in your life? I wish you a good life that please God. 



Last, a letter from Lazarus. He and I only have 5 more months to write each other until he graduates from his Compassion project. I happy to get another letter from him. 

Lazarus is 21 years old and he lives in Kenya. This letter was written on August 1st, 2015. 


Dear Kayla, 

Hi! Receive much greetings from me, hoping that you are fine. With me, here in Kenya, I am fine. Even my family members are also fine. How about your family members? 

At school I am going on well with my studies. I'm working extra hard in order to achieve my goal of being a medical laboratory technician. During the holidays I usually help my parents carry out different activities, like cleaning the compound and conserving the environment by planting trees and looking after the family cow and sheep. On Sundays, my family members and I usually accompany each other to church to praise our Almighty God. 

I thank you for the letters you have been sending to me and I am happy and glad to hear about you. 

Lastly, I request you to pray for me as I also pray for you and your family members. Thank you. 

Your Loving Son,


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Step Into My World: Coastal Ecuador

I realized that I forgot to post one of these last Saturday and I just about forgot to post it again today. I've been working about 60 hours a week and these posts just completely slipped my mind. But, never fear, I'm back on track.

Today, we travel to the country of Ecuador. More specifically, to the coastal region. I have one child here:


Compassion works in several cities and villages along the Pacific ocean. My Allison is from a community outside of Manta. 

Communities in this region are known for their fabulous ocean views, beautiful sunsets, and warm, sandy beaches. Creation here is truly breathtaking. 

Life here, though, for poor families can be very difficult. Neighborhoods outside of these coastal cities are typically made up of shanty-style homes, made of planks for wood. Homes are small and close together, which lead to cramped conditions and the easy spread of illness. In areas that are prone to flooding, homes are built on stilts. When an area is flooded, travel is nearly impossible, leaving families isolated, without access to healthcare or schooling. 

Many families in these areas are single-parent homes, usually lead by a mother, who is left to care for children. Fathers often abandon families because of the financial hardship of caring for them. Other fathers are away from their families as they travel to find work in other cities and send money home to their families. This leaves a lot of pressure on mothers to meet the needs of her children, which is often difficult as poor communities in Ecuador often have distorted gender roles. This makes it hard for women to find work. 

Because their mothers aren't able to work and earn money for their families, it's not uncommon to see children out earning a living. Some children can find work doing odd jobs while others visit a local dump, in search of anything that can be sold, on the streets, for money. 

Children in coastal Ecuador are often malnourished, only receiving one or two meals a day at home. To help combat hungry tummies, Compassion projects feed the children a large, healthy meal every time the children attend the project. 

Compassion also works to supplement each child's education with lessons on various school subjects, as well as biblical lessons, art lessons, and music time. The children are taught to be well-rounded and to have knowledge of many topics. 

Most importantly, children are taught that Jesus is their Savior and that He has a wonderful plan for their future and for their lives. Project workers pray for the children everyday and encourage the children to pray for their families, communities, and country. Compassion coastal Ecuador has the following prayer requests: 

- Pray for God's protection over assisted children and families living in areas that are prone to flooding. 

- Pray that project workers will have God's wisdom to help assisted children avoid the temptation to use illegal drugs. 

- Pray that project workers will also be effective in identifying and assisting children who are victims of domestic violence, neglect, or abuse. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

October is Off and Running...

With news from India!

Today I received letters from 3 of my 6 kids in India. I love all of my sponsored kids so much, but as you all know, there is a special place in my heart for the people of India. I have never been there, but I already know it would be my favorite place in the world. I really hope to make it there someday. Preferably, before my current kids all graduate from Compassion. We'll see what the future holds.

I'll share my letter from Sadiya first. I don't hear from her very often (about every 5-6 months) but the letters are always lovely and always answer several of my questions. She's a great girl.

Sadiya is 11 years old. She wrote this letter on July 13th, 2015.


Dear Kayla, 

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Me and my family are well. I hope you and your family are also fine. I received your letter and I am very happy to know about you. I like your photo also. Thank you very much for your letter and stickers. I like stickers. I like to sleep in the winter. If I had my own garden I would plant so many flowers. My nickname is "gudiya", it means doll. Every year we go to a picnic. At the picnic, I ate chapati and vegetable curry. We also played so many games. I got a pass in my exams and now I enter a new class. Always I love to come to the project. I got a school bag, water bottle, and a school dress from our project. I am very happy to receive these. We had summer holidays at my school but now my school is open and now I am going to school. Please pray for me and my family and I will always pray for you.

Yours Lovingly, 


Now, the letter from Sandesh. His project seems to have a policy that children don't write their own letters. They are always written by a project worker, in English. Sometimes I wish that Sandesh would be allowed to write on his own, so I can get a little more original thought. But, I still enjoying hearing from/about him. 

Sandesh is 11 years old. His letter is dated July 11th, 2015. 


Dear Kayla, 

Greetings to you in the very precious name of of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am Patale (child development facilitator). I am writing this letter on behalf of Sandesh. Sandesh is doing well. His family is doing well, by the grace of God. He is a very handsome boy. He is saying prayers for you and your family. He likes singing Jesus action songs. He is learning very sincerely when we teach to him at the project, all kinds of things, like biblical knowledge or secular subject. He says, "Jesus Christ is my Savior." (Hooray!) 

Now here, it is the rainy season, but the rain is not coming. He prays for rain. The temperature here is 28 degrees C (82 degrees F). In this month, his school started and we gave him all his school supplies, like a notebook, water bottle, a compass box (I had to look this up. It's just a box that holds pencils), school bag, uniform, and shoes. In the 6th grade he passed with all "A" grades. Now, he is committed in the 7th grade. He will learn very seriously. 

Thanks for your prayers and support. Please pray for all of his family. Thank you. 


Last up, Khushi's letter. Khushi is a brilliant girl. Truly. She's in a higher grade level than most kids her age and her letters are always so eloquent. Usually, she writes her letters in perfect English, but she wrote this letter in Hindi. As it's first language, it, obviously, would come easier and faster to her. I wonder if she was short on time to write her letter. Not that it really matters. The translation is good, as usual. 

Khushi is 12 years old. She wrote this letter on August 18th, 2015. 


My Dear Friend Kayla, 

Thank you very much for all your kind letters. I enjoyed so much hearing from you. I also loved to see your photos. Here, I am doing well with all of my family. It's rainy time here. I am learning general knowledge and basic computer skills at the project, apart from biblical lessons. I would like to answer some of your questions in one of the letters. If I could make a law for my nation, I would not allow alcohol to be sold so much here. I would also see that the roads are fixed and made nice. Yes, in my project, I have received awards for saying poems, singing, and doing a good job on school exams. Yes, I do have a garden at my home. We grow vegetables, like tomatoes and chili peppers. A few days ago we celebrated our 69th anniversary of Independence Day. On this day we remember mighty men and women who fought for the freedom of our country. We prayed for the leaders. My mother is now fine. She has recovered from her sickness. She had a stone in her stomach. My mother was very sad for a few days because our puppy died of sickness. But, my mother brought a new white puppy home. It's so good and looks beautiful. His name is "Cookie". Thank you, my dear friend, for all that you are for me. I love you too. Bye. 



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nice Letter and Beautiful Artwork from Nandini

It's always a treat to get a letter from Nandini. She always draws some beautiful pictures for me.

Nandini is 9 years old and lives in East India. She wrote this letter on July 28th, 2015.


Dear Kayla, 

Greetings to you in the sweet name of our Lord Jesus. I am fine with my family. Thank you very much for your love, prayers, and support. 

I am regularly going to school and to the child development center. I learn about school subjects and Jesus. I am studying in 5th grade. 

We had an awareness program about child marriage. So many village people were joined over there. We had a VBS program in our project. We learned about Jesus, songs, and dance. We had an awareness program on malaria disease. 

Please pray for my studies. I am also praying for you. 

Your Loving Child, 

I love the detailed house and the water pump to the side. It really gives me a glimpse into what her community must look like. 


Friday, September 25, 2015

Three More Letters to Round Out the Week

September, so far, as been a pretty great month for letters. I have another three letters to share with you today, all from teenagers.

First, I'll share the letter I received from Xhuliano. Both of my Albanian boys are huge fans of soccer, so I wrote them a letter about the World Cup. It's fun to hold a dialogue with Xhuliano about soccer, even though I don't know too much about it.

Xhuliano is 14 years old and lives in Albania. He never dates his letters (no matter how many times I ask him to. :) )


Dear My Friend Kayla, 

Hi, my friend! I am very well. I felt happy when I got your letter and I enjoyed reading it. I don't worry about the time I spend writing to you because I like writing to you. 

My friend, I have never seen a match of World Cup, but I have a desire to see a match. Here, it is about to start colder weather. And there? Is there colder weather? 

My family is very well and they enjoyed very much when they read your letter. Marsela and Stelina are very well. Marsela fills 5 years on April 5th, while Stelina is 13 years old on January 4th. 

Thank you for the stickers that you sent me and my sisters. They enjoyed it a lot when they saw them. I close the letter, my friend, but I will write you soon. 

With Love,


Onto a letter from Lina. Lina is one of my Colombian kids and letters from there are so fantastic. Country wide, they choose a letter topic and all children, regardless of age, writes on that topic or answers those questions. I got this information from my boys last month and now it's Lina's turn. 

Lina is 16 years old. She wrote this letter on July 24th, 2015. 


Dear Kayla, 

Hello sponsor. I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you are very blessed. I thank you for all that you do for me and for the letters that you sent me. I'm fine and I celebrated Easter Sunday with my family. My favorite bible story is about Jesus because I love the end of the story. What I like doing the best is cooking because food is delicious for me. My favorite sport is basketball. My favorite TV show is Sam and Cat. My favorite month is December because we celebrate Christmas and I receive gifts and I share with my family. I tell you that we're good. I ask you to pray that God will continue to bless us. I give you Bible verse: Isaiah 44. I say goodbye with a hug. 



To end, I share a letter from Chintada. He always has some great things to say. 

Chintada is 19 years old and lives in East India. His letter is dated June 18th, 2015. 


Dear Kayla, 

At first, loving greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I am doing well with my family. I hope and pray that you are also the same. 

I am very happy to receive your letters. I came to know about you in these letters. I saw your picture and it was a very nice one. Yes, I accepted Jesus as our savior. I am learning a lot of things at the project center. I had a health check-up at the project. We have a VBS program and I will learn new action songs and bible stories in the project center. We are making a new concrete house so please pray for that to be completed. 

Now, the rainy season has started here. Is it raining in your area? Please pray for my future and my family. I also pray for you and your family everyday. 



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Love from Ethiopia

Included in the big group of letters that I received, two of those letters were from Ethiopia, one of which came with a picture. Always exciting!

I'll share my letter from Taye first. He's a man of few words, but the few words are usually pretty lovely.

Taye is 18 years old. His picture is way overdue (I actually have an inquiry out for it) so he looks so young in his picture. He wrote his letter on August 8th, 2015.


Dear Kayla, 

My dear sponsor, peace and grace be with you. How are you doing? I and my family are in peace. Thank you for your helpful. I came to realize from your letter that you are praying for diligently. I am so glad for the picture with your letter. Thank you for all your support, enabling me to attend my education. Stay blessed. See you next time. Stay in peace. 



Now, the letter from Elias. Elias has a wonderful financial sponsor who frequently sends him family gifts. Then, I always get some great pictures! I am so happy to hear about what Elias's father was able to purchase with this gift!

Elias is 16 years old. This letter is dated August 4th, 2015. 


Dear Kayla,

How are you doing? How is your family? How is work? Praise God, my family and I are fine. I am learning my education properly. Your support is helping my family too. I am getting exercise books, pens, shoes, clothes, flour, teff, and cooking oil. Thank you and may God bless you and your family. I passed to 5th grade in school, with good results. I am very happy. I hope you will be too. Currently, it is the rainy season and school break, so I help my family and home and attend tutoring class. I also attend Sunday school properly, which is helping me in my life. I have got your gift money for my family and my birthday gift. I am very happy. Thank you so much. I bought clothes, shoes, and mobile machine with it. My father began a small business by repairing mobile phones. Thank you for your support. What is the weather life? What is the season? Pray for me and my family. Bye.