Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Great Week for Letters

This week, I received three letters and would like to share them with you today.

To begin, a letter from Solomon. He's responding to some of the letter topics that I have written to him over the year, which is always exciting. It seems that he really liked the poem about friendship that I sent to him, which I am pretty sure I got from Jill, over at Compassion Family. He is also mentioning, as several of my other children have about the broken arm of the girl I nanny for. C broke her arm in May and got her cast off at the end of June. With the delay in letters, many kids are still writing about it. 

Solomon is 10 years old and lives in India. He wrote his letter on August 25th, 2016. 


Dear Aunty, 

Greetings to you in Jesus's name. How are you? I am my family are fine, by the grace of God. Aunty, I received all of your 7 letters with all your thoughts and doings from childhood. Thank you for all of the letters calling me your friend. It is very nice to learn about the poem The Beauty of Friendship. I love the page of best friends. I loved to color it. My best friend's name is Srinivas. I am happy to know about G and C. I felt sorry that C's arm got hurt. I will pray for her quick recovery. Even I love summer too, because I will get a 2 month holiday from school. I will have more time to play and attend Vacation Bible School. You look beautiful in the photo with G and C. You look so cute as a child with your toy Mickey Mouse. Even I like Mickey Mouse. I am sending my regards to your friends. I like to spend the whole day playing. My words should not be like water poured onto the ground. My favorite fruit is mango. My favorite vegetable is carrot. My favorite sweet foot is patgova. I like to fly kites on sunny days and read books on rainy days. I will write more in the next letter. Thanking you. 



Next up, a letter from Maria. I was so happy to get this letter! The last letter I received from her was in February! It was definitely a long wait! But, like always, the letter is totally worth the wait.

Maria is 12 years old and lives in Brazil. Her letter was written on September 8th, 2016.


Hello Dear Sponsor! 

How are you? I'm doing great at school. I'll have an exam on September 13th. Today is my teacher's birthday and we made a surprise for her. I'm doing well. Recently, my cousin came to visit me and it was her birthday. I'll be on vacation in December, if I pass the grade. At the moment, I like math, but I don't like P.E. I'll studying multiplication and then learn division. I watch videos about this to learn more. I'm very happy to receive your letters. It is good to learn more about you. I like the project. How are you doing? 

Job 19:25 "But I am certain that he who will take up my cause is living, and that in time to come, he will take his place in the dust." 

Kisses and hugs,
I hope to meet you one day, 


To end, a letter from Emanuel. He has really been sharing about his friends, lately, which I love to hear. Just our kids being kids, spending time with friends, doing their favorite things. 

Emanuel is 19 years old and lives in Tanzania. He wrote his letter on September 17th, 2016. 


Dear Kayla, 

I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. My family and I are doing well. I hope that you and your family are doing well and are in good health. Thank you for the letter you sent me. I was happy to know more about how you live. You asked me about my friends. They are Richard, Salum, and Stive. My friends and I are close and advise each other on how to go about life. We like to eat together and work together. I would like to share with you a bible verse from Psalm 102:1 "Hear my prayer Lord. Let me cry for help to you." What sports do you and your friends like? I wish you a good. I was saddened by your last letter to hear about your church. I pray that God will give you you a new church to pray in. I will be happy to hear that G and C are growing well and that they like playing. I pray that C will get well quickly so she may keep studying and praying peacefully. I wish you a good life that is pleasing to God. 



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Three Girls

Over the last week, I have been contacted by Compassion three separate times. Each time, I learned that I had lost another one of my correspondent children, each for varying reasons. All three of these girls were what I call "old timers." I had been writing to them for 3-4 years and had developed a wonderful relationship with each of them. It's always hard to see a correspondent child go, especially after such a long time of getting to know them. I want to share them each now, as a way to remember them.

Sagitaria's financial sponsor was unable to continue sponsoring her. 

Allison's sponsor decided that they wanted to begin writing to her again. 

Khushi's Compassion project in India had to close its doors. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Another Wonderful Letter and Drawing from Rujikorn

Many of my children send me great artwork and I love it all. A drawing done with love is always a happy gift. But, most are just typical child drawings. I'm no artist, but spent my childhood drawing people and houses and cars, the typical doodles seen around the world. My girl Rujikorn, though, has been such a wonderful artist since her first letter. Her drawings have been colorful and detailed since the beginning and just seem to be improving. I look forward to every drawing she sends!

And, of course, the letter is great too. :) I laugh because she introduces herself in every year, even though I've been writing to her for years.

Rujikorn is 12 years old and lives in Thailand. Her letter is dated July 29th, 2016.


Dear Kayla, 

Hello. My name is Rujikorn. I was glad to receive your letter and I thank you for the many letters and beautiful photos I received from you. My family and I are doing fine. Reading the bible makes me happier. Prayer helps me feel better I am afraid of snakes. I look like my father. I write with my right hand. I am really happy to write a letter to you. On my birthday, there were church members joining worship service and praying for me and my family. My family provided some snacks for everyday. I was really happy. I was happy that you wished me a happy birthday and sent the birthday page with two children. It made me really happy because you are a kind sponsor to me. Even though you are far away, you are kind and you love me so much. I love you and I miss you always too. I go to school everyday. I study with all my best. I attend the project activities regularly. Recently, the project held and activity to grow trees for a water source. My friends and I grew trees, so in the future there will be enough water for generations. Please pray for me and my family. My father, mother, and I pray for you always. I hope you visit me soon. God bless you. 

With Love in Jesus Christ,


Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Ugandan Trio Strikes Again!

Hahaha. Sometimes I make myself laugh. I guess "strikes again" doesn't have a very positive connotation, but I just mean that I got letters from all three of my Ugandan kids this week. My kids here are certainly growing up! It's great to hear how they are accomplishing new things in their lives. I have noticed that these letters are still taking quite awhile to get to me, some over 4 months, but I still have hopes that they will start to arrive quicker.

First, I'll share Derrick's letter. He has recently started a vocational training class in mechanics. In his last couple of letters, he has mentioned this class, so I know that he is excited about it. He really does seem to be learning a lot!

Derrick is 13 years old. His letter is dated July 9th, 2016.


Dear Kayla, 

It is a good morning here and I am very happy to write to you again. I am fine and my family has been good. How are you? How is Gage and Chloe? I am so busy with learning mechanics. I am now able to identify and work on shock absorbers for cars. I am still learning more about the engine of a car. 

Thank you for your letters. I always enjoy hearing from you. I enjoyed hearing about the past Jewish culture. It is good to learn about God's word when you're young. I am glad that I was taught about God's love for me. Jesus loved us so much and died to save us. It is true that Jesus wants every person to follow him. He is the way, the truth, and the life. I am so grateful for your support and I pray for you, as well. 



Now, a letter from Brenda. She is succeeding very well in high school and often shares about her good grades and accomplishments in her letters. 

Brenda is 17 years old. This letter was written on June 1st, 2016. 


Dear Kayla, 

I am greeting you in Jesus's mighty name. How are you and how is your family? Back to me, I am fine. My family members are greeting you too. Thank you so much. 

In our area, we are now receiving both sunshine and rainfall. I will soon go back to school so pray for me that I can finish the term well. 

The reason that I am writing this letter to you is to thank you for your letter you sent to me. The letter was so so good. 

Here, I have a verse to share; 2 John 1:8, which says, "Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward." It teaches me that if I start a journey in Christ, I must finish it and not lose it. 



To wrap up, a letter from Eric. I just received this letter today, so it is great to be able to type it up with the other two letters from this country. It appears that Eric has also started a vocational program, which I love to hear! That was always his goal, from when I started writing to him in 2011. His goal was to finish 8th grade (which he's accomplishing now) and then do a vocational program. I am so happy to see him accomplishing the goals he set in his Compassion project! 

Eric is 21 years old. His letter is dated June 30th, 2016. 


Dear Kayla, 

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. How are you? For me, I am okay. I am doing well and my mother is also fine. She has a problem with her eyes, but we hope that she will be fine. I thank you very much for the letter that you wrote to me. I became very happy when I received it. Indeed, God has a great plan for me and I thank you for sending me the encouraging verse. How is your work going on? I am studying well. My course is going on well and I like it. I can now read and interpret a simple building plan. I hope to learn more and more. At school, we do a lot of practice work and it is helping me learn well. Here in Kisoro, we are having dry season. We have finished harvesting beans. Please pray for us to get rainfall soon and that my mother gets well soon. I love you and pray for your always. God bless you. 



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jhojaira's Updated Photo: 2016

This precious girl is one of my newest kiddos. If you remember, I took on several of a friend's correspondent children a couple of months ago. With that, I got all of the past photos that this dear friend, which I have to say, is a wonderful way to start off a sponsorship. It's great to be able to see a new kiddo grow and change in the their photos. And then to get a new one so soon! Jhojaira certainly has a beautiful smile. I hope we get to write to each other for many more years.

(Click on the photo to make it larger)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Welcome Erick to My Family!

Hello everyone! I think some of you may have been waiting for a post like this, so I am so happy to write it.

As you know, last month, I lost my precious boy, Sagar, as he left his project. My heart ached for a couple weeks and I prayed pretty much constantly for Sagar and about Sagar's life. When I felt like I could breathe a bit, I knew it was time to look for a new child to sponsor. But, honestly, I didn't even know where to start. I had a feeling that I wanted another boy, but I looked at page after page on the Compassion website and didn't feel a connection to any children.

Then, I saw a fellow sponsor post on Facebook that her parents were having to cancel a couple sponsorships. That person posted an older girl that was needing a sponsor. I suddenly got the idea and sent this sponsor a message. I asked one question: "Do your parents sponsor any older boys that they are looking for a sponsor for."

They had one.




And the rest, as they say, is history!

Meet 13 year old Erick, from Honduras. Look at this sweet face!

And if that isn't cute enough for you, look at his previous photo. What an angel boy! 

And now, a new journey starts. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Two Letters from Kalpesh

Just like Sadiya earlier this week, I received two letters from Kalpesh, in just two days. Letters from India has been trapped in a large backlog, so I am so happy for things to be picking up again. Kalpesh has always been a big writer, so it's good to be hearing from him again. The first letter was written over the summer and the second letter was written just a couple of weeks ago!

Kalpesh is 14 years old and lives in India. This first letter is dated June 10th, 2016.


Dearest Kayla & Family,

Greetings to you in the holy name of Jesus Christ from me and my family. I am very happy to write to you. I am glad to receive your letter. Thank you so much for your lovely letter and stickers. Here, by the grace of the Lord and through your prayers, we are safe and sound. I am pleased to inform you that I got good marks in my last year exam and I am promoted to 9th grade. Right now, I'm in summer vacation from school. My academic year will start next week. Please keep praying for my health. In the month of April 2016,  I received jeans, a shirt, and inner wear as my birthday gift, which you sent for me. I am very thankful to you for the gift and for loving me. May God bless you lots. Much love from us. 

With Love,


In this next letter, Kalpesh is answering the list of questions I recently sent my children. Some may think these lists of questions are impersonal, but I find that my children really enjoy answering the questions, especially if I answer all of the questions too, as an example. I think these lists are a great way to learn a lot of information about our kids in a short period of time. 

This letter was written on September 19th, 2016. Amazingly fast delivery! 


Dear Kayla & Family, 

Greetings to you in the precious name of Jesus Christ from our family. I received your letter and I am glad to hear from you. Thank you so much for the letter. Here, by God's grace and through your prayers, we are doing very well. I hope you are doing fine. My favorite fruit is pineapple. My favorite vegetable is lady finger (another name for okra). My favorite sweet food is ice cream. The best gift I've ever received is beautiful clothes on my birthday. I like to spend time outside either playing with the other children or going for a walk with my friends. In winter days, I like to stay inside and draw pictures. In the morning, the first thing I do after waking up is brush my teeth. At night, the last thing I do before going to bed is read my bible. My favorite game to play is Kabaddi. I'll pray that God leads you to attend a new church. Also, for your old church, I tell them stop fighting and learn to live with love. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Keep praying for my studies and my health. Once again, thanks a lot for your love and prayers. May God help you and guide you in your job. 

With Love,