Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two More Letters from Kalpesh (Believe it or Not)

I received two letters from Kalpesh today, and Compassion told me there are actually two more on the way from him! Kalpesh is actually writing to me MORE than I am writing to him.

I just love him so much.

Dear friend Kayla,
Greetings to you in the loving name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Once again, it is my great pleasure to write this letter to you. I am very glad to receive your letter and thank you very much for picture of flowers, ducks, and your class children. Really very nice pictures. I like it very much. Here also different kinds of flowers found like rose, lily, cosmos, marigold, Jasmine, Mogra and so on. I like to play cricket with my friends. Once again, thanks a lot for your letter and pictures. I am praying for you. Love you so much.
First of all, my heart almost melted. This is the first time he has said, "I love you so much." I have a feeling it's because I say it to him, but I just know the feeling is mutual.
I know it may sound silly, but I've never seen a jasmine or mogra flower before, so I looked up some pictures. Here they are:
Hi Kayla!
How are you doing? Praise the Lord! Once again I get such opportunity to write and share with you. I am very happy to receive your seven letters at the same time. Really, it is a great surprise! Did you get much time for to write? Because there are others in your sponsorship family. How could you manage it? Whatever, but I am very thankful to you for it. I am not playing cricket in a team, just playing with my friends. My uncle and aunt are doing well. My mom and brothers will come for Deepavali Festival. In summer vacations, me and my sister went where my mom and brothers are staying. Love you so much and thanks a lot for your love.
It is so good to hear that I don't write too often! I write each of my kids a planned topic letter twice a month. Then, on top of that, I also write response letters. Since Kalpesh writes to often, I often have a lot of questions to respond to, so he gets probably about 4 letters a month. He receives them in bulk, I think about every 6-8 weeks, depending on what's happening at the project.
I love that he asks me how I find the time to write so many letters. I could totally ask him the same question! I love that he says "whatever" like it doesn't really matter, just keep writing, haha. I intend to!
I am so happy that he and his sister got to go stay with the rest of their family over the summer, since they are living so far away from each other. Yay!
I love hearing about the Deepavali Festival. It's always so fun to learn about holidays and festivals that my kiddos celebrate. From what I have researched, the Deepavali Festival is also known as the Festival of Lights. It sounds like families light candles and clean their houses to make it welcome for good spirits. At night, they set off firecrackers to scare off the bad spirits. Then everyone in the family eats and shares sweets. Sounds like a fun time...except for the cleaning, haha.



  1. I asked my Indian girls about the Deepvali festival once and the translator on the letter back, told me that this festival is NOT a Christian festival and does not assist in building the child up on their faith....

    I've tried to avoid asking about holidays since that time. I don't want to accidentally offend the child and their family.

    1. That's a shame about the festival. I know that Kalpesh believes in and loves Jesus and thanks him for all his blessings, so I'm not too worried about him celebrating this holiday. I figure it could be like a lot of the holidays in the U.S that "do not assist in building up in faith." Like Halloween, the Santa side of Christmas, the Easter bunny side of Easter. It's all in good fun.

      I think setting off fire crackers and lighting candles sounds like fun.

  2. Okay I really had to laugh when I saw his use of the word "Whatever" lol! That's too funny!