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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Four Compassion Letters

Over the last few days, I've received a handful of letters from my kiddos. Four of those letters were from some of my Compassion kids. This is the first real chance I've had to sit down long enough, with enough focus, to type up the letters. Enjoy!

First up, a letter from Taye. This young man has definitely been a hard shell to crack. He only writes every 5-6 months and only a few sentences each time. I'm guessing he's a wonderful guy in person, but he really seems to dislike writing. Of course, I'll keep writing to him. Maybe he'll open up one of these days.

Taye is 17 years old and lives in Ethiopia. His letter is dated September 17th, 2014.

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Dear Sponsor, 

How are you? My family and I are fine. Thanks be to God. I have got your support such as school fees and I am promoted to the next grade. I am learning Sunday school in church. God bless you abundantly. Bye. 

Taye

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Next, a letter from Nikko. He's chatty, as always. Recently, when his information updated, I learned that Nikko is no longer attending school because he can't afford it. It breaks my heart to hear this and I'm praying that his family will be able to pay for it again soon. 

Nikko is 16 years old and lives in the Philippines. This letter was written August 16th, 2014. He wrote this letter completely in English, so nothing is lost in translation. 

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Dear Ms. Kayla,

Hello! How are you again? I am happy and enjoyed reading your letters. 

My family earns money by selling bananas. You asked me if we had a fun camp. Yes, we had it this May in our project and it was really fun. I'm glad to hear that there are many children attending your church. About us, we are, I think, 129 children at our project. I know them already because we grew up together and have known each other for a long time at the center. I'm happy and would like to thank you for all the pictures you've sent and letters, for sharing your life with me. Thank you also for the stickers. My siblings like them so much. And thank you also for the verses you've shared. It's all inspiring. I wish also to send some pictures of my family, if I had some. We are always doing well. Thank you for the advanced birthday greetings. I'm also excited and don't know how we will celebrate. How about you? How did you celebrate your birthday? 

I hope you are always doing great. I hope you won't forget me in your prayers. Thank you so much and God bless. 

Nikko

Ephesians 4:26 - "In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."

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I also received a letter from Solomon. He wrote on the What I Like Best template. He filled in the blanks and wrote a nice message, with the help of his tutor. He also drew me a little picture of a house with a tree. 

Solomon is 8 years old and lives in India. His wrote this letter on July 19th, 2014. It took quite awhile to get to me. 

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What I Like Best

1. What I like best to do with my friends is: Get together with my friends

2. The type of dress I like best to wear is: Suit and Coat

3. What I like best about my project is: Arts and Crafts

4. The mode of travel I like best is: Train

5. The place I like best to visit is: Waterfalls

Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

Greetings to you in Jesus name. I am Mrs. Umakumar, project staff, writing this letter on behalf of Solomon. I hope you are doing well. Here, Solomon and his family are doing good by God's grace. He received your loving letter. He is very glad to hear that you are reading the bible. You sent some amazing miracles about our savior Jesus Christ. He hears these stories in Sunday school class. His favorite bible story is Jonah, who was swallowed by a big fish and came out after three days. He disobeyed God and God showed Jonah the right way to go. Our God is awesome and powerful. Thank you very much for encouraging Solomon. I explained the bible story which you gave in your letter and he felt very happy. He is going to school and evenings he is coming to the project. He enjoys the activities and the delicious food in the project. Please pray for him. He also prays for you. 

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Lastly, I received a first letter from Manuel. A typical first letter, fill in the blank, template. 

Manuel is 9 years old and lives in Ecuador. The letter isn't dated, but I know that it was written before I sponsored him, so it would be ready to send out when he was sponsored. 

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My Name: Manuel Romero
Age: 9
I am (physical description): Short, black hair, and a little chubby. 

My Favorite Food is: Fried Fish
My Favorite Color is: Yellow
My Favorite Subject is: Language
My Favorite Hobby is: Playing
My Favorite Sport is: Ball 

The city where I live is in this region: Coastal Region
Describe the place where you live: I live near the project, about 3 blocks away, going by a field. 

 I ask you to please pray for: My Family
I also want to thank you for: Sending me letters
I also want to say: I really want to continue at the project. 

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6 comments:

  1. I've had similar experience with Ethiopia. Hard to get to know them like that too (2 short letters a yr). I've a ? For you,hope you don't mind. Do you know the URL for compassion database,,,the one you can find pic and bitof info for a child you lookup with their child I.d. number? I cannot find itanywhere now . thanks. I enjoy your blog BTW.

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    1. Here's the link. Just change the number to whatever child you are looking for. https://www.compassion.com/cart/NeedBioPopUp.aspx?needKey=EI4520110&CartItemGroup=ChildSelected&tcmid

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  2. Ethiopia seems to be on a different schedule with the letters. Do you hear from your other Ethiopian kids more frequently? I have always had to ask for inquiries to get a letter from my Tehun, and the letter I receive is very similar to the one you posted about. Hoping for improvements in this area in the future!

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    1. Taye is definitely the longest between letters. Only every 6-7 months. My other Ethiopian kids are long waits too, but less, about every 4 months or so. My Elias writes a little bit more. Enatenesh is a good writer. I just wish I would hear from all of them more.

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  3. Taye sounds like our Selam in Ethiopia. We're doing good to hear from her twice a year and it's usually just a sentance or two. Our little guy, Feraol, on the other hand, writes longer letters and we hear from him 3-4 times a year. Nikko is so sweet and an amazing writer!! I hope that he will be able to continue with school. That happened to our Oscar in Guatemala. He was never able to finish school, but thankfully Compassion got him vocational training. Solomon sounds like a sharp dresser! And a sweet kid. And I love how Manuel described himself as a little chubby! How cute!!

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