Friday, August 2, 2013

News from Gemechu!

Gemechu is my lovely correspondent boy who is sponsored by a company of some sort. I'm not sure what kind of company it is, but I know that somebody from this company has gone to Ethiopia and met with Gemechu and his family. In this letter, Gemechu mentions meeting George, which I'm assuming is the man that went to visit him. This company is also sending large amounts of money to him on a regular basis, which I think is wonderful. Gemechu's family has been able to build a new home with the money that has been sent to them.

With this letter, I got a picture of the progress on his home. Gemechu tells me that it isn't finished yet. I think it's looking great!

Here's the letter:


Dear Kayla,

How are you doing beloved sponsor? Praise be to God that my family and I are fine. I write this letter after I completed formal class. Now we are in break time. I've received all of the letter you sent me. Thanks! When I read your letter, I knew that you were ill. I was so worried and so were my family. And we prayed to God to heal you. (I feel horrible! There must have been a mis-translation somewhere. I don't recall telling my kids that I was sick. I don't remember when I was sick. I didn't mean to make them worry so much!) I think you are better now, because I could see the photograph you were taken at your uncle's wedding. I can't tell you details about the marriage custom in our area. (Is it a secret or does he not know?) 

I like the story of the Good Samaritan. I like playing soccer. I have received your letters that require 8 answers: 

1. I enjoy when I learn, play, or work at home. (What makes you happy?)

2. I get angry when my parents quarrel. (What makes you sad/angry?)

3. I get scared when I see a chameleon. (What are you afraid of? I love this answer!)

4. I always like drawing and painting pictures (Probably: What do you like to do?)

5. I use my right hand to write. (What hand do you write with?)

6. I got to bed at 4:00 and get up at 12:00 (Hmm...this answer is odd to me)

7. The same as you do (Vague answer. I looked up the list of questions he is answering and saw that I said, "I think that I look like my dad. Which parent do you look like. He must look like his dad too.)

8. Soccer is my favorite (What's your favorite sport?)

I have received *money amount* last March and bought roof cover & wall frames with *money amount* and spent *money amount* for the carpenter. With the *money amount* I received in April, we have bought other things for the house. The house has been constructed already, but it is not finished yet. George has seen it and I was pleased. May God bless you. 

- Gemechu\



  1. Replies
    1. I agree. His first letter was addressed to Compassion Living Sponsorships. I tried to look it up, but I couldn't find anything about it. Interesting, though.

  2. Gemechu is quite the personality!! That's so neat that the company is providing money for him to have a house. What a blessing!! And I love all his answers to your's so fun that you're able to learn so much about him.

    1. They have actually been sending him money every month, as far as I can tell. In his last letter, he listed 3-4 months, where he received money. It seems they have been sponsoring him for awhile, but must have just released him for a correspondent sponsor recently, as I was assigned him in April. I'm so glad to get to get to know this boy!