One of the letters I received was from Lina. As one of my Colombian kids, she is a fabulous writer. If you have kids in Colombia, you know how wonderful these letters are. The project staff in this country really know how to teach kids to write and express thoughts.
Lina is 15 years old. She wrote this letter on March 2nd, 2015
Hello sponsor. I greet you wishing you are very well. Through this letter I want to tell you that I really like Christmas. This year at the CDC we celebrated Christmas with a trip at the end of the year and my Christmas gift was clothes. I want to tell you that the food is very important during the Christmas celebration and this year the food was rice with chicken and vegetables and I loved it! What is your favorite Christmas food? I go on to tell you that on this Christmas vacation the activities we do in "Skills for Life" are painting wood and sometimes plaster cast sculptures and the things we learn during the activities are different responsibilities we must have. We do this activity twice a month. Sponsor, I thank you for the monthly contribution you give to my project and for the gifts and the letters you have sent me. I ask you to help me pray for my family, that God blesses us always. I give you this bible verse: Isaiah 60. I say goodbye with a hug.
Now, a letter from Brenda. I always like hearing about what my children are studying at school and Brenda is usually pretty good at sharing school new. She refers to herself as my daughter. We only 10 years apart, and I know people would find that strange, but I love it. I feel like a mother-figure to all of my sponsored children.
Brenda is 16 years old and lives in Uganda. This letter is dated March 28th, 2015.
I am greeting you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. How are you and how is your family? Back to me, I am okay, struggling with my books. At my home, my parents are greeting you so receive the greeting. Now we are weeding irish potatoes and staking beans.
At my school, I am doing well, but the subjects which I fail are physics, geography, and entrepreneurship. I would like to request you to pray for me so that I work very hard and I pass them very well.
Now our area is receiving both sunshine and rainfall. The weather is good now. I am requesting you to pray for me so that I have a good life. In January, we had a conference and some project pupils got saved. In that conference, I was acting as a singer for the Lord.
Here, I have a verse from the book of John 3:16 says that "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life." It teaches me to obey the Lord because he sent for us his only son, to save me and give me everlasting life.
Let me wish you a nice Easter. May God bless you.
From your lovely daughter,
Lastly, a letter from Eric. In this letter, he shares with me that his best subject is English. When I first started writing to Eric in 2011, he could barely write simple words, in his language or in English. He was really struggling with writing in English and studying, in general. My, how far he has come.
I also have to admit something. Eric was one of my first correspondent children and I got him when he was 16 years old. I panicked because I had no idea what I would write about to a teenage boy. Looks like we figured that out. :)
Eric is 19 years old and lives in Uganda. He wrote his letter on April 14th, 2015.
How are you, my friend? I hope you are in good health. How was Easter day? Mine was fine. I came home and had it with my mother and brother. I thank you for writing to me and giving me a lot of information about you. Thank you for the pictures of students in class, studying. I am now in grade 6 and I am learning hard. My best subjects are English and Math. Thank you for giving me gifts and paying my school fees. My mother is sick. She is suffering from her eyes and she is weak, therefore you cannot work for money. Pray for her to get healed. When are you coming to visit me? I wish one day you would come and pay me a visit. Today I have received many letters from you. Thank you for writing to me. How is the class you teach? I hope they are interesting children. My best song is Jesus Loves the Little Children. I like riding a bicycle but I don't have one. In response to to some of the questions you asked. I am proud of having you as my sponsor. I love you so much and I pray for you. You asked if I could have my own garden, what would you plant in it? I would play some good crops so that we get enough food to eat at home. Do you have a nickname that your friends or family call you? Yes, they call me Kapere. What is your favorite book to read? I like reading my bible and night bed story books. Do you have some you can send to me?