Friday, July 29, 2016

Sadiya's Updated Photo: 2016

I received another photo update! This time, of my sweet girl Sadiya. She is looking so beautiful in her newest photo! However, her face looks so sad and she has a bruise or a scratch of some sort on her face. I really hope that everything is okay with her. She has always taken serious photos, but this one is different than the others in that she not only looks serious, but heartbroken. I will write to her and find out if everything is going okay with her. Hopefully it was a just a bad day on the day that she took her photo.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Introducing Lahari!

My request for two girls to write to has been completed! Nearly two weeks ago, I introduced you to Veronika, and today, I am pleased to announce that my second girl has arrived.

Sweet 9 year old Lahari, from India

Ironically (or not) enough, Lahari attends project IN-389, which just happens to be the same project that my Solomon attends. I have been writing to Solomon for 4 years now, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw another name from the same project on my account. A great surprise, of course! 

A first letter is already on the way to her. I can't wait to get to know her! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Project Director Letter: DR-161

Another Monday, another letter.

Today we hear from the Project Director at DR-161, which is where my littlest kiddo, Carolin, attends. She's still just a little peanut, but I am glad she is getting such a good start early in her life.

I love the pastor at this church was doing mission work in the United States! How wonderful! I guess this was originally supposed to be a Pastor Letter, but was written by another person.


Dear Kayla, 

My name is Teresa Hernandex Berroa and I am the director at the church in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, that ministers to your sponsored child at the Child Development Center. I am writing on behalf of the pastor of this church who was unable to write because he is on a mission trip to the United States. 

Photo show a slum similar to the community DR-161 is situated in

I am very grateful for the support of Carolin, which has helped to make a great difference in her life. Thanks to the benefit of sponsorship, we are able to meet our commitment to the holistic development of our children in educational, physical, social, emotional, and especially, the spiritual areas. 

In this community there is a lack of predominance of juvenile delinquency, drugs and alcohol abuse, along with a lack of employment opportunities, leading to much urban poverty. One of the great challenges in this community is to create awareness among the parents of the importance of a healthy upbringing, and of their responsibility towards their children, as the majority of the parents neglect their children. Many who have no employment nevertheless spend money on alcoholic drinks. This, in turn, leads young people to drinking and then to delinquency to obtain money to buy more alcoholic drinks. Addiction perpetuates the cycle of poverty. 

The center has the challenge of changing the mentality of both the parents and the young people in order to prevent the predominance of delinquency, and of finding a way to train the youngsters, and their parents, to obtain employment related to the training they have received. The center has had a significant effect on the community through the training of young people and parents. We offer courses on making bedspreads and quilts, handicrafts and other courses through institutions in our community. This helps the participants to stay off the streets and to become self-sustaining. We also help in this area through talks, conferences, and bible messages concerning family responsibilities, with God as the provider of all things, at the center of the family. We have seen young people commit themselves to the lordship of Christ, so that they may be prepared to make a difference in our community. 

During the past fiscal year, I have been able to see how one of the youngsters at the Center, after working with the "My Plan for Tomorrow" (a part of the Compassion International curriculum), was transformed in such a way the he is now a baptized servant of the church and is setting an example for the other young people to follow, who are just starting with the center. 

I also want to tell you how much the children appreciate the arrival of a letter from their sponsors. Letters deliver joy to our children and reminds them that someone loves them and prays for them. But I also want to mention how bad they feel when they never receive a letter from their sponsors. I encourage you to please maintain contact with Carolin. 

Please pray for the families of this community and for the plans that we have to achieve development here, that the community may be changed and improved. 

Teresa Hernandez Berroa


Friday, July 22, 2016

Emanise's Photo Update: 2016

I received another photo update yesterday! While I have not be thrilled with not receiving many letters, lately, photo updates have been coming in droves. I do not have any overdue photos and have not had to inquire about any recently. That is a huge improvement over the last year where I was inquiring about overdue photos, literally, every month.

My Emanise sure has grown into a beautiful, young woman.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Letters From Some Itty Bitties


Over the last week, I received letters from two of my littlest little girls: Carolin and Tamiru. With all of my teenagers and young adults, it's fun to see a few template letters thrown into the mix now and again.

First, I'll share Carolin's letter. She wrote on the My Favorite Things template. Carolin is 4 years old and lives in the Dominican Republic. Her letter is dated May 4th, 2016.


1. My favorite food is: Fried Chicken
2. My favorite activities are: Watching TV, playing with toys, playing at the 
3. My favorite animal is: Dog
4. My favorite color is: Pink

Dear Kayla, 

May God continue blessing you today and always. These are the words of Carolin. How are you? She says that she is very happy for all the letters you sent to her and that she's doing well. Please pray for her family and for all of the sick. Until next time. 


Now, a letter from Tamiru. She wrote on the My Learning About God template. Tamiru is 5 years old and lives in Ethiopia. Her letter is not dated. 


1. I learn about God from: Sunday School
2. In my project, I am learning about (about God): Songs, prayer, and word of God. 
3. In my project, I am learning (about the Bible): The Bible is the word of God. 
4. When I pray to God, I pray about: My class
5. My favorite bible verse is: "God is love". 
6. My favorite thing I learned about God is: His goodness
7. My favorite song at my project is: Jesus is Lord
8. My favorite bible story is: Joseph
9. My prayer request is: Pray for my class and my family. 
10. Message for sponsor: I am very happy for your letters. Thank you. 


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Two Photo Updates from India!

Aren't photo updates great?! I received new photos of two of my Indian kids. They are two of the kids that I have had the longest, so it is always great to see them grow. I can't believe how grown up both of my kids look. They have really matured in the last two years, since their last photo, don't you think?

First, my boy Sandesh. He'll be a teenager in just a few short months. I can't believe it!

And my sweet girl Khushi also received a photo update. I think she looks lovely in her bright, colorful outfit! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Project Director Letter: IO-115

We are down to our last seven letters! I can't believe it! If more letters continue showing up after the next seven, that means I got the remaining letters I was missing mailed to me from Compassion. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

But, onto today's letter, which is from IO-115, which is the project my girl Sagitaria attends. She's such a sweet girl and I am so happy to read about the things that she receives at her project.


Dear Kayla, 

Shalom! Greetings in Christ! 

My name is Amazon Harahap and I am the Project Director of the Child Development Center Theresia. We are located in North Sumatera, Indonesia, where your sponsored child attends. Thank you for sponsoring Sagitaria. 

Actual Photo of IO-115

We are thankful for the support given to our children through sponsorship since it is a blessing for the children and their families. 

All the children at the center attends the activities for 6-8 hours a week. The children from age group 6-8 get school lesson so that they can get good grades at school. The other children get spiritual guidance so that they can know about the Lord Jesus well and they will have Christ-like characters. We also give the children other programs like saving money, cooking, baking, embroidery, and trading. 

Recently, we have given a seminar about Child's Protection for the parents and some church leaders. We have taught the children about how to wash hands using soap and how to brush teeth in the correct way. With this program, we hope that the children can learn more about the importance of their health and hygiene and take proper actions to protect themselves from various illnesses. 

We are planning to add more activity for the children like automotive skills class, making liquid soap, beauty class, and keyboard lessons. Other than those, we will have seminars about safety on roads. 

We are thankful because through Compassion's ministry, the children are growing and developing better. They are more encouraged to study and develop their talents. They have learned about setting their best priorities.

We want to share with you about a girl in the center. She has good grades at her school. Since 3 years ago, she is always the 1st rank in her class with an average mark of 88.8. She is always active in joining competitions at our center. She is the 1st winner of Kindergarten Chess competition, the 1st winner of making creative art competition, and the 3rd winner of little preacher competition at our center. We believe that the sponsor's support, she will show more achievement in the future and will become a leader who will change this town. 

We are doing the ministry at the center because our dream is to see the children become people who love God, have good character, reach good achievements in their lives, and become blessings among their family and society. In our society's opinion, the activity at the center is a positive one. Thus, many of them want their children to join the activities at the center. We really hope that the impact of our ministry can be enjoyed by our society and many more children can receive benefit through this program. 

Children feel very happy when they receive letters from their sponsors. It is gratifying to see them so excited, smiling, and telling their friends about their sponsors. The news about sponsors is so important for the children so we encourage them to continue to write the children. They feel very happy to know they have a sponsor somewhere in the world that cares for them. 

Please pray for our children, their families, and the community; that we grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding so that we can release children from poverty in Jesus' name. 

Thank you again for sponsoring Sagitaria. 

Greetings and prayers,
Amazon Harahap