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Friday, May 26, 2017

Type Letter, Be Happy. Repeat.

Apparently I only write in my blog on Fridays now. But seriously, I have a whole bunch of letters to share. No way I will be able to post them all in this one entry, but I can get a chunk typed up.

Do you ever just sit back and think about how happy each and every letter you get makes you? These letters bring me such joy. I love my kids so much!

First up, a letter from Emanise. I went nearly 12 full months to hear from her. Two inquiries later, here is a letter. I am not sure what the hold up was, but I am happy to have it.

Emanise is 17 years old and lives in Haiti. This letter was written on April 22nd, 2017.

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Dear Kayla, 

Nothing is greater than when I take my pen to write to you. How are you doing with your family and activities? As for me, all is going well and my activities are going well, by God's grace. Now I have some questions for you. How is your country doing? How are you church activities and your children? Also, I take this occasion to thank you for all your support towards me during this year. You give me great help and I ask God to protect you during your whole life. I thank you for your support toward me and your letters. I ask you to pray for me and for my family and for my country. I will do the same for you. 

Emanise

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Next, a letter from Rodrigo. This particular letter is on the My Hobbies and Pets template. This has been a pretty popular template lately, from various kids in various countries. I think it's a pretty fun template. 

Rodrigo is 7 years old and lives in Bolivia. He wrote this letter on his 7th birthday, which was April 16th, 2017. 

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1. The pet I have is: A dog and a cat 

2. My favorite pet is: My dog 

3. My pet's name is: Boby 

4. My favorite thing to do with my pet is: Play 

5. As a pet, I would like to have: Parrot 

Dear Kayla, 

I greet you with the peace of Lord Jesus Christ. I am the tutor. My name is Paul. Rodrigo wants to tell you that he is learning to play soccer at the Student Center. I say goodbye wishing you blessings. Please pray for his mom. 

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Onto a letter from little Daniel. He's not super little, but he's the youngest Daniel that I have. Hence, Little Daniel. He wrote this letter on the My Community template. 

Daniel is 7 years old and is from the Amazon Jungle, in Ecuador. His letter is dated February 21st, 2017. 

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1. The name of my community is: Puyo 

2. My community is located in the: Amazon Jungle 

3. The province where I live is: Pastaza 

4. I want to thank you for: Your sponsorship 

5. A common job is my community is: Laborer 

6. And it's about: Fixing and building houses 

7. A common type of transportation in my community is: Buses 

8. I also want to say: I always remember you in my prayers 

9. Please pray for: My studies 

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Onto a letter from Rebecca, who I have decided is my Super Star. All of my kids are special, of course, but I feel like Rebecca is really a star. She seems to have so many talents and the personality (and the smile) to light up an entire room. 

Rebecca is responding to me asking about her favorite food. For such a young girl, she really seems to know how to make it. I wonder if her dad helped her write this letter. :) 

Rebecca is 9 years old and lives in the Philippines. Her letter was written on April 29th, 2017. 

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Dear Ate Kayla, 

How are you and your family? It is summer here in our place. I do not know what is the coldest temperature here. There is no snow here because we only have two seasons: Wet and Dry. What's the feeling of playing in snow? The lesson I like in math class is division and learning of beautiful places in social studies. I like the food adobo, especially when my father cooks it. This is how you cook it. The ingredients are chicken (or pork), soy sauce, vinegar, oyster sauce, onion, garlic, ginger, bell pepper, salt, pepper, and sugar. First, wash the meat. Second, boil the meat with water until it's dry and then get the meat from the pan. Third, marinate the meat with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bell pepper, and pepper. Fourth, saute the garlic and onion. Fifth, pour the marinated meat and its sauce into a pan. Boil it until the meat gets tender. Flavor according to taste. Last, add the pepper leaves and sugar. Serve with rice. Thank you so much for your time in writing to me. I hope I can receive more letters from you because it is a joy to write letters to you. God bless us all. John 1:1, "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. 

Love, 
Rebecca


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Now, a letter from Acram, one of my newest sweet boys. I haven't been writing to him for very long at all and this is my very first letter from him. The letter is written on the Introduction Letter template, which is a treat because we aren't guaranteed to get this template letter from correspondent kids. 

Acram is 5 years old and lives in Tanzania. This letter was written on May 20th, 2017 (and I received it on the 22nd!). 

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1. I live: In a village 

2. My family members: Hamisi (Grandfather), Sanifa (Aunt), Saufa (Aunt)

3. My best friends are: Innocent Peter & Pendael 

4. If I could visit anywhere I would go: To the city to see the cars and the people 

5. My favorite things: 
             Subject: Math
             Food: Rice with Beans 
             Color: Black
             Game: Football 
             Bible Story: Moses 
             Song: Jesus Walked on the Water in Galilee 

Dear Kayla, 

Acram is very glad to have a sponsor. His family was also very glad and encouraged. Acram says God bless you more for the heart of love which you have shown to him. He says welcome to Tanzania! 

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I will end this long blog entry with a letter from Marinelis. This letter also got to me super quickly after it was written! The speed of which these letters are being delivered is truly blowing my mind. 

It appears that Marinelis has been sick. I do not yet know what she was diagnosed with, but I am so happy to know that she has Compassion to take care of her. 

Marinelis is 14 years old and lives in the Dominican Republic. She wrote her letter on May 16th, 2017. 

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Dear Kayla,

How are you? How are you parents? I hope that everyone is well. Is there much snow still? I still have not turned 15, but I will have them July 18. I was sick from March 27 until April 3, I am receiving a treatment in the Compassion, they helped me buy the pills, I have a monthly prescription. I like the photo of your 15 years, you looked beautiful in your 15th birthday and I liked your hair very much. I would like that my mom would celebrate me, I don’t know if we are going to have a celebration. I have learned in the center about Jesus, he died for us on the cross for our sins. I am going to share my verse with you.

Marinelis

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Friday, May 19, 2017

How Many Letters Can I Type Before I Am Tired of Typing?

I used to be so organized with these posts, sorting letters by topic or by age. Now I am just getting so many letters (which is amazing) due to my kids being so chatty that I just have to type and post them in large groups.

I know that many people may not read these letters, as they aren't their kids, but this blog has become just another way to back up my letters, for my personal keepsakes. I have my letters saved in Facebook albums, on my Compassion account, and on my blog. Barring the internet shutting down like some Revolution (amazing TV show that they cancelled before actually ending) business, I won't lose my letters from all three places at the same time and will always be able to back them up another way in the future.

I will be sharing quite a few letters today so that I can have a letter-responding party!

I'll start off the fun with a letter from Erick. Even though this letter was written in April, he is just now telling me about how he celebrated Christmas. Better late than never!

Erick is 14 years old and lives in Honduras. His letter is dated April 5th, 2017.

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Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

It's a huge pleasure for me to communicate with you one more time. How are you? I am doing well and I am happy because God loves me. In the CDC, we celebrated the Christmas story and received a Christmas gift. All the tutors dressed in red and made delicious food for us. I do not know any stories right now - only the one you told me, which is very beautiful and interesting, by the way. It's also very true. I thank you very much for the letters and the pictures. I liked them a lot. Thank you very much for remembering me and being aware of me. The pictures of you and your family that you sent me are very beautiful. They are a blessing and they let me know about you. I thank God because I have a very beautiful sponsor. Have you visited Honduras? I am doing very well in school, thanks to God. I ask you to pray so that I may pass the school year with good grades. I would like to hear from you soon. 

With Love and Kindness, 
Erick 

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Next up, a letter from Jose. He seems quite confused about me being a nanny. I tell all of my Compassion kids that as my job, I take care of two kids. I sometimes send updates about the kids, including when they have birthdays or I send some art to them. Most of my kids understand, but some, like Jose think my nanny kids are my son and daughter. I wonder what they are going to think in a year, when I am no longer nannying for these kids. 

Jose is 19 years old and lives in Peru. His letter was written on April 6th, 2017. 

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Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus. Thank you for your letters and your beautiful photographs of you and your family. Thank you for your daughter's drawing. Your son's birthday cake looks beautiful. I hope he spent a nice birthday. Thanks for the verses. Regarding your questions, my family and I are doing well. I want to tell you that I'm working now. I'll start studying at the institute in August. It's been raining a lot these months (January, February, March) and now everything is green. There's a cooking workshop at the project and there is food tasting too. It seems interesting. Also, the Youth Meeting is around the corner and I hope to participate in it. I would like to know, does it rain in your country? I would like you to pray for me and my family. I'll say goodbye with a big hug. May God bless you. 

Jose

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Now a short letter from Enmanuel. Whenever I share a story with my kids, I always ask them to tell me a story. Apparently there is a story in his community about a man who healed a girl. Pretty cool story, if I do say so myself! 

Enmanuel is 9 years old and lives in the Dominican Republic. He wrote this letter on April 22nd, 2017 (my birthday!)

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Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

God bless you. How are you? I am fine, thanks to God. I have been having a good time. I have played a lot. In my community there is a story that I like a lot. A Christian man came and did a miracle to a girl. He made her grow one of her arms. One arm was smaller than the other. I ask you to pray for me and my family. 

Enmanuel 

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Onto a letter from Brian. He is one of many children to respond to stories that I've told him. He is one of many in this very post, for that matter. I'm not sure which story he is responding to, because I have told a couple this year. I am so happy that my kids are enjoying the stories. I will continue to share them. 

Brian is 15 years old and lives in Kenya. His letter is dated May 6th, 2017. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Receive warm greetings in Jesus' name. I'm hoping that you are fine. My family is fine. God has been our protector. How is your family? The weather in my country is rainy and cold. How is your country? Thank you for the letter that you wrote for me. I have read the story that you wrote for me and it is very interesting and it has many teachings. We have celebrated Good Friday and Easter morning. We remember the suffering of Jesus Christ. Before I wind up, I have a memory verse that I want to share with you. It is Philippians 4:13. It says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Thank you for your support. May God bless you. 

Brian



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I have officially hit the tired wall. After working all day, my brain has turned off. I am going to push typing up one more letter and then I am going to snuggle on the couch and watch a movie. 

This last letter is from Faith, who is my Kenyan daughter. When I started writing to her, Faith was living with her mother and her much older siblings. A letter she wrote to me says that she no longer has parents (my guess is that her mother died) and she now lives with her brother, who is in his 30's. She asked me if she could call me mother. Absolutely. I want her to know how much I love her. It seems like she has really matured and I am glad to hear that God has been watching over her. 

Faith is 11 years old and lives in Kenya. Her letter is dated May 6th, 2017. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Take much greetings in Jesus name. How are you? How is your climate? On my side, I am fine. Jesus Christ has protected me. I have seen his mighty hand upon me. I have all reasons to thank him. I received all the letters you sent to me. I was glad to know how you are going on. I am happy and thankful to you because you remember me in your prayers. I pray that Almighty Father would continue to be on your side. Let the Lord be with you every single second of your life. In education, I am working very hard to achieve my goals. We opened for the second term of the year. I am working my very best. I love you and I always pray for you. I request you to also keep praying for me and my family. Bye and be blessed. 

Faith

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Handsome Rwandan Boys!

I got a new photo of Kwizera Yves! He is handsome as always.




And I got a new child! Unfortunately, one of the girls that I had just been assigned last week is already gone from my account. I don't know why, but she was replaced instantly with a sweet new boy. His photo updated right after I got him (which is unusual, but awesome) and he had two previous photos! What a treat to see him at each age! 

Welcome to the family, Jule! 






Monday, May 15, 2017

Holidays & Dreams

Sounds like the name of an album or something.

But really, it's just two form letters from two cute kids. :)

We'll start with the Festivals & Holidays from Veronika. She is the first person I have heard heard whose favorite holiday is Flag Day.

Veronika is 7 years old and live in Haiti. Her letter is dated April 7th, 2017.

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1. My Favorite National Holiday is: Flag Day 

2. My Favorite Foods to Eat During Celebrations is: Rice, Beans, & Chicken. 

3. At the project, we celebrate Christmas with: Theater, Singing, Dancing 

4. My family celebrates New Year with: Visiting Relatives 

Veronika is so happy to write you this letter and greet you in Jesus's name today. How are you and your activities doing? She and her family are doing well, by God's grace. Her activities are going well. She thanks you for your support and your prayers. Yes, she celebrated Christmas in the project. The sang, danced, did theater, and told poems. It was very nice. Jesus can make us white as snow and he can wash our sins. Thanks for the nice story of the lion and the mouse. Please help her to pray that she gets more intelligence in school. She wants to share with you John 14:1. She wishes you a happy Easter. 

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Now onto sweet Carolin's dream. I love these form letters! 

Carolin is 5 years old and lives in the Dominican Republic. Her letter is dated April 17th, 2017. 

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1. When I grow up, I want to be: A Teacher

2. Someday I would like to meet: The President 

3. Someday I would like to visit: A pizza place 

4. Someday I would like to: Travel on a plane 

5. Someday I would like to meet my sponsor because: To know how you are and you are doing. 

Dear Kayla, 

May the blessings of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ continue blessing you. These are the wishes of the girl and her family. They give you thanks for all of the letters you send to her. Please pray for her family and our country. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Two Letters from Emanuel

It had been about five months since I last heard from Emanuel, which is highly unusual, especially after the system update. I have been hearing from my kids very regularly so I was definitely confused with this long wait. However, I received two letters on the same day from Emanuel. Neither letter is dated, so I am not sure when they were written, but I am guessing they have been floating around out there for awhile, with some kind of delay. At least it explains why it had been so long since last hearing from him!

Emanuel is 20 years old and lives in Tanzania.


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In this letter, my favorite part is when Emanuel talks about the coloring pages I sent him. I typically don't send coloring pages to my teen and young adult boys, but I just had to when I found out that his favorite thing to do is play pool. I just had to send him some pool table coloring pages. Google images is a great invention!

In December, I wrote to my older kids about the parable of the dry bones. It's great to hear Emanuel's response to it.

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Dear Kayla, 

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. My family and I are well. How about you? I am continuing well with my studies here at the center. I thank God for my health and well being. Thank you for the letters you sent me. I got them and enjoyed seeing your pictures of you celebrating Christmas. My family and I celebrated Christmas by going to church and later visiting relatives and friends to celebrate the day together. Also in your letter, you sent me pictures to color of my favorite game, pool table. I colored it well and it looks very nice. I'll keep it in memory of you. Thank you for seeing my new picture and saying I look handsome. I also love you, my friend. I read the story you shared from the book of Ezekiel 37:1, concerning the dry bones. It was a very interesting story. I would like to share with you a very from a book of the Bible. It is from 2 Kings 6:1-7. It is a story about an ax that floats after Elisha threw a stick in the water. The ax fell in the water while the man was cutting down a tree to find a place to live. I would like to ask you, what season are you in there? I am praying to God for your good and lasting life. God bless you. 

Emanuel
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In February, I wrote to my kids and shared the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. I then asked the kids to share a story with me, if they knew one. Emanuel had one to share.

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Dear Kayla, 

Greetings in the name of the Lord. My family and I are well. I am happy to receive your letter which had a nice story about a kid who was a shepherd in his family. This story has a nice message to learn from it; to not tell lies. Here in our home, there is a story about an old man who also was a shepherd. One day he worked late into the night. The next day, he went out with his goats. While out with his goats, he felt sleeping because of not sleeping at night. While he was taking a nap, he was nodding his head. The goat next to him thought the man wanted to fight, in the sense of a game. So the goat knocked the head of the shepherd and he fell down and fainted. We learn that when we are tired at work, that may harm us. I would like to also thank you for the gift for my birthday. I bought a pair of trousers, a t-shirt, a sweater, rice, sugar, tea leaves, toothpaste, and candy. Thank you a lot for the gift. I would like to give you a verse from Psalm 9:1. It says, "I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell all of your wonderful deeds." May God bless you for your kind heart. 

Emanuel 

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Four Letters This Week (So Far)

This post will contain four letters. I am eager to get responding to all of these letters that I've posted recently, so I want to make sure I get all of these letters typed into my blog first.

I hope you enjoy reading them. I know that I do!

First up, a letter from Prity. She is such a little girl, but she wrote a TON in this letter. On top of the form letter, titled What I Like Best, she included a long letter, that she wrote with the help of her tutor. Love!

Prity is 7 years old and lives in Indonesia. Her letter is dated December 14th, 2016, so there appears to be a delay somewhere, but I am so glad this letter got to me! I love that she asks if she can call me sister!

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1. What I like best to do with my friends: Riding Bikes

2. What I like best about the project is: Meals & Snacks

3. What I like best to do with my family is: Cleaning the House 

4. The place I like best to visit is: The Beach 

Dearest Kayla, 

Hello. How are you? May I call you sister? I am so glad and thankful to have you as my sponsor. I would like to tell you about me. My father's name is Christian and my mother's name is Jeanny. I am the third of four children. My oldest sister's name is Putri. The oldest is in 2nd grade of junior high school (Would that be 7th grade?). The second is my brother named Price (5th grade of elementary school). The youngest is my sister Praisy. She is three years old. Regarding your questions, I like to read, study, and ride bicycles with my friends. But since my bicycle is broken, I can only play dolls with my sister, Praisy. My favorite colors are red and pink. My parents and I live in my uncle's house because we don't have our own house. The house is made of wood. My family lives together with my grandparents, uncle, and aunt. I don't have my own bedroom and my family (mom, dad, siblings) sleep together in a room. The house has electricity and we get water from the river, since we have a river in our village. The usual occupation in our village is a farmer. Since my dad doesn't own a farm, he works as a laborer. My mom is a house-wife. Compassion helps people, it's true. My parents feel much more helped through Compassion. I get school necessities, such as shoes and books. If we want to go somewhere far from the village, we have to use public transportation. Our traditional food is Tinutuan (I will put a photo of it under the letter. It looks delicious!). Bali is the most famous province and destination to travel in our country. I've never been to Bali because it's so far from where I live. The most famous destination in my province is Bunaken national park. I have two favorite bible verses: Ephesians 6:1 and Proverbs 17:17. Sister, that's all from me. Please send my love to your family. I'll be waiting for your reply. God bless you. 

Lots of Love,
Prity


Tinutuan

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Next, I will share my very first letter from Mariela. She is writing to me about her favorite things to do and her pets. And I absolutely LOVE how she signed her letter. What a sweet girl. 

Mariela is 12 years old and lives in El Salvador. Her letter is dated April 24th, 2017. 

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Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I greet you with affection, wishing you would be well with your family and friends. I always pray for you and your family so that God blesses you and keeps you safe. Today I am going to tell you about my hobbies and pets. My hobby is watching television and my pet is a dog. Her name is Osa. I also have a cat. Her name is Gaity. In the project, there is a music workshop and a computer workshop. I like the computer workshop. I like to come to the project because they teach me about God's word. Thank you for the letter you sent me where you told me about the story of the lion and mouse. That story made me understand that everyone is useful. I ask for you to always keep me in your prayers and my family so that God blesses us and keeps us safe. I say goodbye with a lot of affection and love. 

Your Girl Who Loves You So Much, 
Mariela 



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I also received the same topic of Hobbies and Pets from Jonathan. He answered the six questions, but didn't write any additional letter. Oh well. Maybe next time! 

Jonathan is 8 years old and lives in Burkina Faso. His letter is not dated. 

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1. My Favorite Hobby is: Football 

2. But I also like: Hide and Seek 

3. I like to do my hobbies with: My friend Lassane 

4. I do have a pet: Dog 

6. His name is: Duque 

7. With my pet, I like to: Race 



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To close, a letter from Jhonrex. I always love his letters. He seems like a fun guy. For some reason, his drawing cracks me up. It's like he said, "What can I draw in this place without putting forth too much effort?" I love teen boys, haha.

Jhonrex is 16 years old and lives in the Philippines. His letter is dated March 25th, 2017.

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Dear Kayla, 

Hi. How are you there? I hope you are doing fine. Me, I'm doing well. I always play basketball because it is my favorite sport. Thank you for the letters and for your prayers, especially for supporting me. At school, our exam was just finished and I am thankful that I was able to pass. At the project, we have an activity coming up on April 12th, 2017. It is an overnight prayer. I am excited to join as it will be my very first time in it. As of now, our lessons are about spiritual discipline. Ate Kayla, what grade are your kids in now (So many of my Compassion kids think that the children I nanny for are my kids. It is going to be hard to explain when I am done nannying for them.). What sports do they like? Please pray that I will be able to join in the prayer at the center. Thank you and God bless you. 

Sincerely Yours,
Jhonrex


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Boy Oh Boy, Letters from Boys!

There are only so many interesting ways to group letters. Boys, girls, teens, littles. How else can you group letters? 

Anyway, it's letters from boys today! 

I will start with a letter from Bryan. He wrote this letter on the Hobbies and Pets form letter. Interesting combination, I think. 

Brayan is 8 years old and lives in Nicaragua. This letter is dated March 30th, 2017. 

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1. Some of my hobbies are: Playing & Going to the Park 

2. I like to do my hobbies with: My Father & Mother

3. As a pet, I have a: Dog 

4. The name of my pet is: Duque 

5. My favorite thing to do with my pet is: Feed it 

Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

I hope that you are healthy. Do you have a pet? What is its name? I always pray for you and your family. I hope that you pray for me and my family. 

With Love, 
Bryan


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Up now, a letter from Dagim. I love that he "expects" answers from me. I can definitely deliver on that expectation! 

Dagim is 9 years old and is from Ethiopia. I have no idea how the Ethiopian calendar works, but I do know that their months are numbered differently than the rest of the world and that it is currently the year 2009. This letter from Dagim is dated 7-27-2009. I have no idea when it was written! 

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Beloved Kayla, 

How are you doing? I am very well with my mom. Thank you for your letter. I am very lucky and happy that you're my sponsor. I am doing well in my class. Please pray that I may score good results. I am a member of the sports club in the project. I love playing soccer very much. We have training sessions in the project once a week. Do you love to watching soccer games? I expect your answer. Goodbye until we meet with the next letter. 

Yours,
Dagim

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I will now share a letter from Mulwa. His letters are still written by a tutor, but have gotten more detailed lately. He also draws some pretty cute pictures, if I do say so myself. 

Mulwa is 9 years old and lives in Kenya. His letter is dated March 25th, 2017. 

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Dear Kayla, 

Hello. Mulwa salutes you in the name of Jesus Christ. How are you? How are your parents? He hopes that you are going on well with your job. He also hopes that you are fine, as he is. He says that Compassion has helped him so much. He says that Compassion has paid for his school fees. It has provided him with many things like medical care and a balanced diet. Mulwa says he is happy when he is playing with his friends and teachers. He says that he is so scared of snakes and lions. Every time, he is taught moral values by his parents. Now he is in class four and has learned many things. He says that you should pass his regards to your family members as you continue praying for him and his family. 


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The last letter for today comes from one of my favorite Ugandans, Derrick. He makes me laugh in this letter, because he introduces himself twice. I guess he wants to make sure that I don't forget who he is? 

Derrick is 14 years old. He wrote this letter on April 13th, 2017. 

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Dear Kayla, 

It's me Derrick, saying hello. I thank God so much for the gift of life. In Uganda, we are preparing for Easter. We normally remember the resurrection and many things happen in the celebration of that day. I know it's the same in your country. I always thank God for what he has done for me and you, plus your family. I always pray that may our good Lord bless your giving hands and greet you for me. I ask you to pray for me so that I manage to complete my course and I have no hat and do for myself (I have no idea?). My mother sends you greetings and she always says that God is really a dependable God for what he has done for me. She always prays for you and your family. I still remain Derrick. Bye bye for now. 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Letters to My Kids: April 2017

I wrote one theme letter to all of my kids this month. Like most months, about half of my kids got another letter, in response to a letter that they had written to me.

I had a lot of fun writing this letter. It's my take on the prince/princess of God letter. I included a coloring page with each letter, as well. I found four different coloring pages for four age groups: Teen Boy, Little Boy, Teen Girl, Little Girl. I am posting all of the coloring pages with this letter. Feel free to send them to your kids too. I think they are so cute, especially that Little Boy one. :)









Sunday, May 7, 2017

First Sunday Advocate: May 2017

Happy May to everyone! I know that April was a busy and wonderful month for me. I hope you all enjoyed April too. Now that it's May, things will start to slow down a bit for me. The kids I nanny for just have three weeks left of school and they'll we'll get to have a lazy, laid back summer. I am definitely looking forward to that.

But, to start the month off on a good foot, I am going to do my monthly post of children that are waiting for sponsors. All of the children I post attend one of the projects that my kids attend. To be honest, I have no idea if my blog has ever helped one of these children find a sponsor or not, but I just can't stop posting them. I want to do what I can to find these kids sponsors.

All of the children I am posting today are considered "older kids" and are 10 years old or older. Typically, children over 10 years old have had a previous sponsor, or multiple sponsors, that was unable to continue the sponsorship, for various reasons. My hope is to find these following 8 kids a sponsor this month.

Under each  child's photo, I will list the child's age, name, project, and in parentheses, the name of the child that I sponsor from that project. If you feel drawn to one of the children, you can click on the photo of my child at that project in the sidebar, to be taken to information and letters from them. This can help you learn more about the area the children live in.

Each line of information, under the photo, is also a link to the child's official Compassion page where you can learn more about them and sponsor them.











Omar was Sponsored!

















Friday, May 5, 2017

My Family is Growing by Leaps and Bounds!

For my more observant blog readers, you may have already noticed some new faces in my sidebar, but I have added even more today.

For the past couple of months, there has been some kind of major issue that prevented Compassion staff from adding new correspondent children to our accounts. As I always have many requests on the list, I knew that when the issues were fixed, I would start to see quite a few children show up on my account. I had no idea that new faces would start to show up so quickly! In the past two weeks alone, I have added 7 kids to my family! Amazingly, many of them are from Kenya!

In alphabetical order (because that it how they uploaded), let me introduce:


5 Year Old Acram from Tanzania


8 Year Old Baraka from Kenya


7 Year Old Hillary from Kenya


12 Year Old Milkias from Ethiopia


6 Year Old Muuo from Kenya 



5 Year Old Tumbu from Kenya