Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kaveri: Hope in Hardships

I received another letter from Kaveri today. It was titled "Something About Me." 

Here are some of the things I learned about her:

She is really good at singing, and she enjoys dancing. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher!

Her favourite colour is orange and one of her favourite games is hide-and-seek.

She goes to school a lot. Her dad works as a driver and her mom maintains the home. She helps her mom at home and loves her family very much. 

She is shy but very kind. She loves all kinds of fruits but her favourite is mango. The project worker writing on her behalf says She want fruit, sweets and so many food but she can't tell her parents because she feel families poor condition. Her understanding power is very good. While that is so heartbreaking to hear, it also shows that she has a lot of understanding at a very young age. And the letter doesn't end there!

She gets along well with her teachers and likes to help needy people. She loves attending her project. Her parents are very happy that she is attending the project and are glad that my family is also here to help her.

Despite the very difficult situation she is living in every day, she has hopes and dreams for her future and is treating other needy people with kindness. Even though her parents may not be able to provide her with many material things, they love her very much and are likely also learning new things from their daughter's experience at the project. The Compassion project at her local church is changing her life! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Letter from Rosalie: Visitors from Korea, Relatives and Good Teachers

I'm excited to say that I got another letter written by Rosalie's mother today. And the letters are getting longer! Yay! Here are some highlights:

She told me that Rosalie's twin sister is in 6th grade now. Since Rosalie is in Special Education classes, they attend separate schools.

In June, a relative of the person who sponsors her grandson through Compassion came to visit and spent time in their home. They are from Korea. Rosalie's mom says "We enjoy the visit although we can't understand each other." I wonder if that's what the kids I visited in Ecuador tell their sponsors about our visit?

She says that three of her sons "live in partners" (I'm not sure if that means married or just living together), but she ONLY has three grandchildren! I think she wants more :)

She says that Rosalie has a good teacher at her Compassion project, who understands her situation and helps the whole class to be understanding and kind.

And finally, "Rosalie want to ask if you have a plan to come to the Philippines." <3 The plan is if I ever have enough money to go and Compassion Canada is going then I will be there! I told her I am continuing to pray that such an opportunity will arise.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Celebrating 100

Today, just after I published my post with updates from Asia, Blogger told me that I have now shared 100 blog posts. Wow, that’s a pretty big milestone! 

Here's a quick look back at where this blog has been over the past two years:

First, there was the significance of the name of my blog: from Saskatchewan to Sodo. It is connected to the story of how God led me to sponsor my first Compassion child, Misgana, in 2011. 

Then I was able to share the story of how I met and sponsored Blanca in Ecuador in 2013.  Quite unexpectedly, Rosalie's sponsorship photo and information came into my hands and she joined my Compassion Family in March 2014.  In November of that same year I said goodbye to Priyanka, my family’s previously-sponsored child as her family had become self-sufficient. Along the way we said goodbye to three correspondent children whose sponsors did not keep them for long: Antonela, Kurt and Emmanuel. Kaveri joined my Compassion family in December of 2014 as a new correspondent/my parents' sponsored child.
In 2015, I had lots of fun finding pictures of twins needing sponsors through Compassion and sharing their similarities and differences in a blog post. 

2016 saw me absent from the blogging world for the first couple of months, but when I returned a fellow Compassion sponsor was able to share with us her amazing experiences on a Compassion Exposure Trip in El Salvador!

We have seen pictures and stories of kids around the world who are waiting for sponsors with Compassion (even some cute videos from Compassion International's website!). You have watched with me as the members of my Compassion family have grown from young children, to teenagers, to men and women who will be able to bring positive change to their communities. We are starting to hear more about their hopes and dreams for the future, and seeing just how much sponsorship means to them and to their families. 

Who knows what the next couple of years (and next 100 blog posts) will bring?

Updates from Asia!

*Yes, I am purposefully being vague on the location of these children. Current events have made me decide to do this to ensure their information is protected. If you know where these children are from, kindly refrain from providing that information. Thanks!*

Today I have two updates from members of my Compassion Family. First of all, Malathi's birthday is today!

She is now 13 years old. She is my newest correspondent, so I am still anxiously awaiting a first letter from her! I hope she has a wonderful day.

I also got a letter from Kaveri today, titled "My Project Learning".

Here are some highlights:

About manners, I have learnt: "When you meet anyone that time greet, always respect to elders, wish always good."

About taking care of my body, I have learnt: "Always bath, wash hand before and after meal, eat healthy food, drink lots of water."

About behavior, I have learnt: "Caring. Always care of animals, as well always care of tree."

Moral lessons I have learnt in my project in the last six months: "Don't lie, always talk true, always help to needy people."

...She lives so far from project but is coming to the project regularly. She is happy about project choose her. She feel very secure about project. She is so excited about you. You are so good person in her life. You are her best friend. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

After the Earthquake: An Update from Ecuador

Today I received my first Compassion letter out of Ecuador that was written after the earthquake that struck the country in April. It was from Edison, my correspondent friend who is now 21. I met him and his family in 2013 (but I'm not sure if he remembers that!)

I'm going to share almost the entire letter with you because it really shows what a difference Compassion and the local church are making in his life, and how he is growing and maturing spiritually:

Dear Sponsor, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wish you success in your personal life. May God help you in every moment and may your dreams and goals in life be the best for you. I want to tell you that I feel sad so far due to the earthquake which moved our country the last month. I felt afraid for a moment because I thought that God punished us for sinning very much, but it was not so. It was a moment to test how supportive we are. 

I also tell you that we are prepared in my community. My family is prepared for everything although the big scare. All the members of my family are healthy. We celebrated Mother's Day at the project. We made an excellent program. Mothers reconciled with their children and we gave a cake with ice cream to all the people. 

Although my disability, I have faith that I will never lack support from good persons who help us every time in order to save my health. I know that God will bless all of us with love, friendship and blessings. With faith, I will let the Holy Spirit be in my heart forever. I wish everything you have in life will be for the honor and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for everything. Amen. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Love and Care

I got another short but sweet letter today, written by Rosalie's mother on her behalf. 

Earlier this year, while I was travelling with the Asante Childrens' Choir, I sent pictures of the choir kids to my Compassion kids and shared a bit about our adventures.

Here is what Rosalie's mom said in response to that:

"She [Rosalie] says thank you for the pictures you sent to her, she saw how you love and take care of the kids in the Asante group. She knows that you feel the same way to her and hoping that you will not change."

By writing letters, sending pictures and praying for our Compassion kids, we are sending a very important message to them: I care about you! You are important! It means more to them than we will probably ever know. So be encouraged: your sponsorship(s) are making a huge difference in the lives of kids all over the world!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Once More to Ecuador

A few weeks ago I got this amazing invitation in an email:

Yes please! I am hoping to go on this trip, but the finances aren't in place at the moment so there will be some months of waiting and praying involved before finding out if this is going to happen. Fun fact: this picture was taken at a project I visited while in Ecuador in 2013! I didn't take the picture, I just recognized the background.

While I'm waiting to see what happens, I can always go "back to Ecuador" through looking at pictures of my time there. I was also looking at pictures on Compassion Canada's website tonight of children in Ecuador who need sponsors, and thought I should share pictures of these two sweet girls with you:

This is Ehymi (Spanish version of "Amy", maybe?). She is 5 years old and lives in Ecuador with her father and mother. At home, her chores include making beds, running errands, and cleaning. She goes to Bible class and is in pre-school where her performance is average. She likes art, playing house, and playing with dolls! She has been waiting 139 days for a sponsor. 

This is Adriana. She is 6 years old and lives in Ecuador with her father, mother and three siblings. She also makes beds, runs errands and helps clean the house. She also goes to Bible class and pre-school where her performance is average. For fun she likes to listen to music and run. Just like Ehymi, Adriana has been waiting 139 days for a sponsor!

For more information on either of these girls, or to look for other children who are in need of sponsors through Compassion, go to www.compassion.ca