Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Less Than a Month!

Hi everyone! I received a letter from Sagitaria yesterday. Her letter was written less than a month ago and it was already translated and uploaded to my account. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this new system. Even despite all of the glitches that are still happening, I am getting letters faster than ever before. It's so great!

Awhile ago, I wrote a letter to all of my kids and asked them a few questions about the importance of having a sponsor, receiving letters, and what they like about in letters. These questions were taken from my friend Theresa, who sent the same letter to all of her kids. I have loved hearing her kids' responses and point of view when it comes to having sponsors. I am looking forward to even more answers rolling in from my kids. Sagitaria was the first to answer these questions.

Sagitaria is 12 years old and lives in Indonesia. Her letter is dated March 31st, 2016.


Love to Mama Kayla!

I'm glad to read the letter from you. I always pray for mama to be happy and healthy. The importance of the sponsor for the child is to be able to help with the burden for needy parents. The importance of the sponsor is to write to the child as well as they're able to know more about the child he/she sponsors. What I like from my sponsor's letters is encouraging words, pictures, and to have a friend from America. Mama Kayla, I like to obey the rules at the project. We have rules to not to come late to the project. This rule makes us have discipline in time management. My parents make rules too, like to do chores and learning before I play. I hope Mama Kayla will be eager and happy to sponsor more needy children like us. I pray to Lord Jesus that Mama is always happy. I wait for your reply. Lord Jesus bless. 



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Another Round of Colombian Letters

I worked at the Compassion table at the Hearts for Home conference on Saturday. I work this event every year and it's literally my favorite day of the whole year. Better than my birthday. Better than Christmas. Anything. I hear the most inspiring, loving, tear-jerking stories and I encounter some of the most loving people I come across all year. It is truly a blessing to work at that table. Plus, over 150 children were sponsored!

When I came home, I saw three letters in my mailbox, from three of my Colombian kids. I have yet to hear from my newest Colombian boy, Jose, and was hoping to see a letter from him in this bunch, but nothing yet. My Colombian letters always come at the same time, so hopefully his letter will be in the next batch.

I'll go youngest to oldest, per usual.

That makes Jonatan up first. He tells me about school first and then shares some other things with me.

Jonatan is 8 years old. He wrote this letter on February 19th, 2016.


My school year starts in: January and I'm in 3rd grade. 
What I like the most about my school is: The computer classroom. 
My favorite subject is Math and the one I like the least is Spanish. 
My best friend at school is Edwin and he is 8 years old. 
In order to go to school I have to: Wait for the school bus. 

I greet you with love. Yes, I could see the eclipse on the 27th of September and I think it was great and this is why I stayed up to see it until the end. How was your Christmas and new year? Thank you so much for your letter with the pictures and details about the eclipse. Thank you also for the stickers, Christmas images, and the drawing to color. I want to tell you that I played in a soccer championship and I was the goalie. We won so I got an honorable mention for being the best goalie. Everybody on the team was happy. I want to share this verse with you; Psalm 18:20. May God bless you always. 

Jonatan Caleb


Next up, the same kind of letter from Daniel. He wrote on the same topics as Jonatan, but doesn't do form (fill in the blank) letters anymore.

Daniel is 10 years old. His letter is dated February 17th, 2016.


Good morning my dear sponsor, 

I send you and your family a big greeting. In this opportunity, I want to tell you that my school year starts each year by the end of February and I'm in 5th grade. What I like most about my school is the soccer field and the big classrooms. My favorite subject is math, but I also like religion, computers, Spanish, and ethics. My best friend in school is Adrian and he is 12 years old. In order to go to school, I have to walk through a very busy street. Did you finish high school? Did you go to college? What was your favorite? I also saw the moon when it was getting red. Thank you for telling me about your experience with the eclipse and thank you also for the stickers. In December, I received many presents and I shared them with my grandparents. I leave you with kisses and hugs and I hope to hear from you. I want to share this verse with you today: Isaiah 41:10. May God bless you. 



Last up, a letter from sweet Lina. It's always a treat to hear more about her. 

Lina is 17years old. Her letter is dated February 4th, 2016. 


Dear Sponsor, 

I greet you in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, wishing you're doing very well. I want to tell you that I feel very happy because I passed the school year and all my family is proud of me. I want to ask you to please help me pray so that in my next school year I will do just as well. I also want to thank you for all the support you have given me during all these years because you have been a great blessing to my life. I want to tell you that the name of my community is Union de Vivienda Popular and one of the most common jobs is construction. Now I want to tell you that the weather in my community is sunny, as well as in other cities. I want to tell you that in my community, as well as in my family, we celebrate Christmas and New Year with a lot of families activities, one of them being a dinner and spending time with friends. I want to tell you that my Christmas gift was a dress. Regarding your question, I didn't see the red moon. I say goodbye, but first I want to give you this verse: Isaiah 4:10. I say goodbye with a hug. 



Monday, April 25, 2016

Project Director Letter: HO-348

I can't believe that it's already the last week in April. Where has the time gone?!

Anyway, it's time to share another letter, this time from Honduras, project 348, which is where my girl Celeste attends. I've met her project director face to face and she is a wonderful woman! I have never been to the project, but I can imagine how wonderfully things are run.


Dear Kayla,

It is an honor for me to greet you and wish you and your loved ones rich and abundant blessings. I hope the peace of the Lord fills you at all times. My name is Fany Jackeline Murillo Contreras. I am the Project Director of the Child Development Center that ministers to your sponsored child called Toward a New Life at Philadelphia Church. We are located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I greatly thank God and Compassion International for giving me the opportunity to express my most sincere gratefulness for you for sponsoring Celeste. The Lord has used your life in a powerful way. The Lord will reward you abundantly for everything you have sown in the kingdom of heaven. God is a just and faithful God. 

Actual Photo of HO-348

We do many events and activities here which shape the children and educated them for a better life. We are slowly marking their lives in order to change their sadness into smiles, their cries into joy, and their hopelessness into hope. They receive gifts, medical support, food, and trips. They are greatly blessed. We have children of poor resources whose moms are single or who come from broken homes where they lack love. 

As a staff member, I feel very happy for everything we have achieved. We still have many things to do. There is a great need for Jesus in our community. We do not get tired of sowing the good seed of his word every day. Our vision is to have a generation that knows the Lord as the father that he is. He wants us to know him like our father. We hope they find the father that they have not had and they can love him, honor him, and serve him with all their hearts. 

It is exciting to see the faces of the children as their joy overflows when they receive a letter from their sponsors. To know there is someone far away who loves them and thinks of them is the best feeling for them. When they don't receive letters for a long time, they get somewhat sad - but they never lose hope of receiving another letter. 

I am inspired to continue working for this generation because I see that they have hope in Jesus. I know they will rise as great leaders and will make a difference in our community. Help us to keep this flame alive so they can shine brighter with love. Please continue praying for them and their families. Pray for all the staff members who work with love, passion, and faith. We believe our work is not in vain. Pray for our beautiful country. We believe the Lord will make great and wonderful things. 

I say goodbye and I thank you for everything. Thank you again for sponsoring Celeste. I want to remind you that we always pray for you. God is in control of everything in your life. Have faith. May the Lord give you the peace only he can give. Wait on his provision. Even though I don't know you, I love with the love of the Lord. Thank you! God bless you! 

Fany Jackeline Murillo Contreras 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

High School Life

I received two letters the other day, from two of my teenagers; Enatenesh and Florenc. Both mention school in their letters.

I am particularly fond of Florenc's letter, in this case, as he asks me for advice. I love all of my kids, but there has always been something special about Florenc. He really seems to value my advice and encouragement and I enjoy giving it to him. In this letter, he mentions that adolescence can be tough and asks about my teen years. To be honest, I had some rough teenage years and don't know where I would be without the help of some of the adults in my church. I wish I could talk to Florenc face-to-face about some of the things going on in his life, I really do. For now, letters will have to suffice.

I'll share Enatenesh's letter first. She is 18 and lives in Ethiopia. Her letter is dated February 22nd, 2016.


Dear Kayla, 

How are you doing, beloved sponsor? I am well and so is my family. My family forwards their greetings to you with honor. Thank you for all the donations you have been providing to me through the project. I am attending Sunday school at the project, too. Both of my brothers are working. Wasihun is a chauffeur and Yohannis is a conductor. Civics in my favorite school subject. Until we meet in another letter, cheerio!



Onto Florenc's letter. He is 16 years old and lives in Albania. 


Hi Kayla, 

How are you? I'm glad that I'm writing to you today. When I write to you, I feel better, even though life sometimes can get hard. Sometimes we face gladness and love while other times abruptness and sorrow. What is life like for you? How have you dealt with adolescence? Do you recall struggles and confusions for which you might laugh at today? I'd love to hear something about them from you! 

Regarding my name, that is something I've chosen. Now, I like being called Lenci. If you like, you can call me that, as I like hearing from you.

My parents and my brother are well. As for me, I'd love it also if spring could come soon, although we did celebrate the Summer Day Festival which was on the 14th of March. This is a traditional holiday in my country, especially for the city of Elbasan. The traditional dessert is called "Ballokume". I had a great time that day. The whole city was filled with people from the villages and other cities. There were concerts and many entertaining activities and games at the center of the city. 

I hope you can come one day so that we can celebrate together. 

I have to end this letter now. Please write soon! 



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

First Letters with the New System

I didn't write a specific post on it (several other people did, though), but Compassion has unleashed their new writing system. All letters now will be scanned and emailed to each country. At each office, the letter is printed and given to the children. This not only saves Compassion a TON of money that can now be used to help more children, it cuts down our letter travel times from months to just weeks. Letters could go from sponsors' computers to childrens' in just 3-5 weeks. It's amazing!

Of course, like with any new form of technology, especially websites, there are many glitches right now. But, really, it's not unusual. A new website always comes with issues, that sadly, can only be viewed and repaired in real time, as sponsors test out each little area of the site.

So, if you sponsor with Compassion and have found yourself frustrated with the new letter writing system, keep in mind, it has only been a week. Don't give up on it yet! There are so many new and exciting features for us to discover!

And even more exciting! I found my first two letters on this new system. I will share those with you today.

First, a letter from Allison. This letter was written a long time ago, and still would not have been in my mailbox. But, since it was sent the old way, in the mail, it was just scanned in at the U.S office. Hopefully, this is one of the last times letters will take this long.

Allison is 12 years old and lives in Ecuador. Her letter is dated December 12th, 2015.


Dear Kayla, 

I trust everything is fine with you. Christmas time is coming and we will share a special dinner as a family at home. We will also watch movies about Jesus's birth. How do you celebrate Christmas in your country? I trust that you will pray for me. I always pray for you. The school year will be over soon and I got excellent grades. I hope that your Christmas traditions and ours are alike. I say goodbye to you in Jesus's name. Merry Christmas



There was also a letter from Jose on my account. His letter was written around the same time as Allison's. Again, I can't wait until letters start coming quicker! 

Jose is 17 years old and lives in Peru. His letter is dated December 5th, 2015. 


Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I greet you with a big hug and kiss. I hope you are in good health. I want to thank you for the letter that you sent. I will study heavy equipment operation. Also, I want to tell you that our weather is very warm because of El Nino. My seminar in Chivay (city in Peru) was very beautiful and we learned very much about God. The motto was "God has a plan for our life and He helps us very much." One night, we could give our lives to Jesus and many accepted Jesus as our personal savior. Regarding my studies in business management, I am more interested in how to manage a business that I can set up later, a car company. Also, I want to tell you that I have two siblings, the oldest one is Karen and the youngest one is Ronaldo. I want to tell you that I did see the lunar eclipse and it was awesome to see how the moon turned more red. I also remembered of God and his power because he can make so many wonders. What major are you studying or have you studied in school? Do you have any brothers or sisters? Please pray for my family and me. I close with a big hug and kiss. 



Monday, April 18, 2016

Project Director Letter: IN-389

It's time for another project director letter! Whoo hoo! Today, we hear about the project that my boy Solomon attends in India. This letter is a long one!


Dear Kayla, 

Greetings from India. I am Dr. S and I serve as Project Manager of the Child Development Center in Bangalore, which is attended by your sponsored child. Thank you for sponsoring Solomon. We are very grateful to you for your sacrificial love and faithfulness in sponsorship. It is a great blessing for the child, his family, the community, and the church. 

I would like to share with you the outcome of two children from our center. 

There was a girl child who felt very shy to talk to others; both the other children and the staff. Most of the time she likes to be silent, though she makes gestures of happiness and supportive cooperation with her peers. This was discussed in the staff meeting and particularly with the Child Development Facilitator in charge, and her family members. It was found out that her immediate elder sister was born mute and that communication in their house was mostly nonverbal; hence she developed the same kind of behavior and preferred to be silent, but was otherwise normal with her peers. Discussion with her class teacher in the local school revealed that she was friendly with others and cooperative, but largely quiet. 

More personal attention, exercises in talking, and repetition of words, numbers, and alphabet letters has helped her to gradually improve her behavior. She is also given opportunities to sing with her peers, read Scripture, and recite prayers. She attempts to pray in her local dialect for her family and friends. She is improving in her school performance. We appreciate and thank God for her gradual transformation in her personal life; a significant and apparent growth in her socio-emotional and spiritual life. We are happy for this transformation because it is due to the opportunities she gained in the center. 

There is a boy who is 19 years old who has now completed Industrial Training. He is now getting trained in basic computer skills including hardware. In the center, he has always been a good and regular student and grown in values and behavior. Coming from a very needy family where both the parents are daily wage earners, having two younger sisters, he showed a lot of commitment in his studies and personal life habits. His parents are very happy that very soon their son would become an earning adult member to share their family's financial burdens, and also would take responsibility to support his sisters' education, thereby getting them married would become easy as per their family requirements. He is very supportive in youth activities and attends church regularly as a good example for his peers and his friends. All the staff are very happy about him and look forward for his very best future. We feel very happy to see the children getting molded as they grow up in the center and become responsible, godly adults. 

Our children love to receive letters from their sponsors. It is an excitement for them. There is more excitement when they receive a family photo of their sponsor. They are curious what their sponsor will look like. Some of the sponsors have intimate concern; inquiring always in the letters about the welfare of the family members of the child. In that way, the child feels very special. Thank you for writing to your child whenever you can. 

The greatest inspiration for us to continue work in the center is because of great help for the poorest of the poor in our community. Children can continue their education or else they would have had to discontinue their studies as they cannot afford them. 

Thank you so much for your great support and love for Solomon. God bless you and your family. 

Yours in His Mission, 
Dr. S.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kalpesh's Updated Photo: 2016

My Kalpesh is a little boy no more. All of a sudden he has a man-face. Haha. They sure do grow up fast. I put his age as 14, because his birthday is next week, and that's close enough.

Here are all of the photos I have of Kalpesh. His first photo and his newest photo are on the right side. The other photos are the smaller ones on the left. Kalpesh and I have had some great years together!

You can click on the collage to view it larger.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Project Director Letter: BO-370

Happy Monday! It's time to read another letter from one of my kids' projects! This time, we hear from BO-370, which is the project that my boy Jhon attends.

Onto the letter!


Dear Kayla, 

I am grateful to God that I greet you with the holy peace of our Lord and desire that you succeed in your jobs at the service of our Lord. 

I am Mario Diaz, member of El Redentor church and current Director of the Child Development Center in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia where your sponsored child attends. Thank you for sponsoring Jhon. 

Through this letter, I want to express my sincere thanks to all the sponsors who have been helping us in sponsoring our children, for your unconditional support and great love for them. Without your help, we would not have achieved the results we have achieved until this day, as we've been able to changes minds with biblical principles and to get the children out from their spiritual and economic poverty so they're not self-sufficient and healthy people. 

I want to tell you a testimony of a girl who is 15 years old, in whom we have seen the results that have been achieved with excellence in all four areas of development (physical, cognitive, spiritual, and socio-emotional). This child is the best student in her school. She has developed the gift God gave her to be able to teach in Sunday school in our church. In the same way, she is part of the group of girls that play the tambourine during church services. She is physically healthy. Not too long ago, we held medical check-ups and she is in excellent conditions. She relates to all her classmates at the center in a healthy way and she is always willing to help in the service of our Lord. 

I also want to tell another testimony of another 10 year old girl, who is very outgoing, friendly, and ready to serve (thanks to the work we do in the socio-emotional area). She goes to Sunday school in church and is part of the activities. She is also physically healthy and with good grades in school, thanks to the school support we give her at the center. 

I am very satisfied to see that these girls have had many achievements in the center and grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to be part of their growth. 

I want you to know that when a child receives a letter from his/her sponsor, it is as if the child received a gift from a family member, because to the children, a sponsor is part of their family. They don't feel alone or unprotected, and they believe that there is someone who cares for them and their needs, besides God. 

I thank God for the opportunity He gave me to work with children and that He allowed me to use my potential to contribute toward the training of each child. This inspires me to achieve the expected results with more excellence and to affirm children on the rock that is Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission (to go to the whole world and preach the Gospel). 

We ask you for your prayers for all of our children who have needs and face risky circumstances, and especially for our teenagers who are being bombarded by gangs. The more we want to bring them to church, other things come up that harm their lives. 

Thank you again for sponsoring Jhon. I also thank you for your prayers as they have been heard by our Lord. We are very happy that we have established our center in the church with more strength, with the collaboration and support of the committee and our beloved Pastor. 

I say goodbye to you, wishing you many blessings and rewards of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are forever grateful for you unwavering support. 

Sincerely Yours, 
Mario Diaz


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Letters from my Indian Teens

To be honest, typing that title made me gasp a little bit. I know how old my kids are, but saying "aloud" that they are teenagers made my heart skip a beat. They are growing up so fast!

I'll share a letter from Sagar first. His letter came with a lovely gift, as well. I will share a picture of it with you at the end!

Sagar is 13 years old. His letter is dated January 12th, 2016.


Dear Kayla,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I wish you had a happy Christmas and a happy new year 2016 to you and your family. I pray for Jesus to shower you with blessings and joy and make this year as memorable as possible. 

I am so happy to write this letter to you today. I hope that you and your family are doing well. I loved receiving your Christmas gift. I was happy to receive a new colorful top. It is very beautiful. I like it so much. Even my parent is very happy to see my new Christmas shirt. Our parents also got Christmas gifts. They are very thankful for the same gift. We celebrated Christmas with arranged skits, songs, and Christmas drama. 

I am enclosing here a Christmas greeting card, which is prepared by me, with the help of an expert person and teacher. 

I am regularly praying for you and your family. 

Your Loving Child, 


Next up, a letter from Kalpesh. When I first started corresponding with him, I used to hear from him monthly, which was great! Then, for awhile, I started hearing from him only ever 4 months or so. Now, it seems like things may be picking up again! I just received a letter from him last month, so this letter was a lovely surprise! 

Kalpesh will be 14 years old this month and he wrote this letter on January 28th, 2016. 


Dearest Kayla and Family, 

Greetings to you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ from me and my family. Once again, I'm very happy to write this letter to you. How have you been? How about your health? I recently received your letter. I am very glad to hear about Gage and Chloe. Both are enjoying their childhood. I pray that God gives them good health. I am very thankful to you for your lovely letter and your love for me. By the Lord's grace and through your valuable prayers, we are doing well. We hope and pray that you are doing well over there. 

In the last month, we had a very wonderfully celebrated Christmas at the project with all the project children with their parents, siblings, and friends from the village. Children presented some action songs and dramas. All enjoyed the cultural program and the Word of God. We hope you too wonderfully celebrated Christmas with your family and church members. 

I want to say thank you so much for your precious cooperation. Because of the project I got the opportunity to show my talents. My family sends best wishes to you. May God bless you. 

With Love,


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Three Precious Teens Lost

Last week, I lost four of my correspondent children, due to an organization having to cancel their sponsorships of a large group of children. I logged into my account and saw four missing names, all of kids I've been writing to for a few years. It's always sad to lose correspondent kids, but it hurts even more when you really have gotten to know them over time.

One of the children that I lost was Chintada. He was the child I was was most upset to lose, because he will be graduating from Compassion in January, so he only has 8 more months in the program. I hated the idea of him graduating without a sponsor and I tried to think of a way to cover his sponsorship, but I could not come up with one, especially after my new sponsorship of Veronica last month. To my amazement, a fellow sponsor offered to pay off Chintada's remaining months in the program and allow me to continue corresponding with him until then. I am truly blown away by her kindness. The community of sponsors really is the greatest group of people I know. Having somebody willingly offer over $300, with no strings attached, to somebody they basically only know over the internet is nothing short of a miracle. I hope that there will be a way, someday, for me to repay this sponsor. I am so excited to continue writing to Chintada, and be able to encourage him as he heads off into the "real word".

However, I must say goodbye to three lovely children. Now that I know they all had the same financial sponsor, I can truly see how wonderful of sponsors they were. All three of these children received regular financial gifts and I received great pictures of gift items that were purchased. They really seemed to be great sponsors. I bet that they are heartbroken that they had to cancel these sponsorships. The economy truly is hurting many people.

I wish the best to Abbas, Elias, and Swapna. I will continue praying for them and their futures!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Project Director Letter: TH-943

Hi guys. It's time for another letter from one of my kids' project directors. This really gives me something to look forward to on Monday mornings. Mondays aren't so difficult when I get to think about one of my kids and their projects. :)

Today, we hear more about the project that my boy Fongwin attends in Northern Thailand.


Dear Kayla, 

Hello! My name is Mr. Suwit Chaiwangyen. I am the project director of Mae Lao Child's Quality Development Center, attended by your sponsored child. This center is in the northern region of Thailand. Thank you so much for sponsoring Fongwin. 

Actual Photo of TH-943

The children have received support from their sponsors and they've been developed. He (a project child) always came to join the worship service and study in Sunday school. His family did not believe in God, but he had an interest in learning about God. He's very enthusiastic in learning different stories from the bible. He's joyful, friendly, and gets along well with his friends. He used to have a runny nose all the time, but after joining the soccer club, he got exercise regularly so now he has been cured. 

Another child who is 14 has also developed well. She's a student vice president in school. She had helped with different activities in school, and she gets along well with her friends. She shared the gospel to her friends in school until many of them were interested in God and came to study about God at the church. She cared for younger children and would lead recreational activities in the morning to prepare for them to go to classes. She also learned and practiced a career skill, such us how to raise a fish in a tank. Shes part of the worship song team before the actual service will start. She's a volunteer in checking blood pressure for the elderly people every month. 

We're always thinking of you in our prayers and we believe that God will bless you in your good deeds. 

Thank you for sponsoring Fongwin. May God bless you and your entire family. 

Love in Christ, 
Suwit Chaiwangyen


Sunday, April 3, 2016

First Sunday Advocate: April 2016

A new month, a new set of children to share with you! All of these kids attend projects with one of my kids, so I can tell you all about the project, if you decide to sponsor one of them. I will share each child's picture, their age and name, and in parenthesis I will put the child I sponsor that attends that project. That way, if you're interested, you can click on that child's photo in the sidebar, and be directed to all of the posts about their project and about the letters they've sent me.

This month, I have quite a few teenagers to share with you. Sponsoring teenagers is great! Their letters are amazing and full of details. It's easier to connect with a teenager than a younger child, in my opinion. Plus, if you're looking for more a short-term commitment, sponsoring a teenager is the way to go, because they will be graduating the program in just a few short years. Plus, it's a great way to encourage a young adult in their last few years at the project, and give them the encouragement to head out into the "real world". 

Of course, I have a few little ones to share with you too. :) 

Matias has been sponsored! 

Rosa has a sponsor! 

Anahi is sponsored! 

Raveendra has been sponsored!

Midrede has been sponsored! 

Jane has found a sponsor!