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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Making Progress!

Hi everyone! I hope your first week of September has been a good one :)
I just received a letter from my friend and sponsored child Rosalie in the Philippines, written by her mom:

As some of you may remember, Rosalie has a learning disability. I don't know what all it involves, but I know it has affected her ability to learn to read and write. As of now her mother is still writing letters on her behalf, as she has been unable to do this herself. But I got this wonderful update from her mother today:

"I'm thankful because you appreciated how Rosalie is improving. She can now write a letter to you but I still have to write it first and then she will copy it."

How exciting is that? These are the kind of updates I love to receive :)

Also, today happens to be September 7, which is Edison's birthday.

Happy birthday, Edison! He is now 21 years old.

That's all the Compassion-related news I have for now!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Kaveri's Project

Today I finally got a letter from one of my Compassion correspondents! It was a letter from Kaveri, and it is all about her Compassion project.

*Name and location of project not mentioned to protect privacy*

Kaveri says that there are 195 children in her project. It takes her 15 minutes to walk to her project from her house. Her favourite food to eat at the project is rice and she loves to draw. The project worker who wrote the letter on Kaveri's behalf says that she attends the project regularly and enjoys everything there, especially playing with toys! She says "She likes all food in the project" :)

The project worker says that Kaveri's family is happy because since attending the project she has broken some bad habits and is now behaving better. She ended by saying "She loves you so much."

What have you learned about your Compassion child's project (that is ok to share)?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Two Photo Updates!

Wow. It has been over a month since I posted anything! My Compassion-related life has been REALLY uneventful lately. My current theory is this: with the new letter-writing system in place, there must be a "bottleneck" effect happening in supporting countries as well as countries that run Compassion projects. People on both sides are possibly writing letters more frequently now and the translators/email/technology can't keep up! At least that would be a good problem to have. But as a result there has been literally nothing to share about my Compassion family, until today. 

You might remember over a month ago when I was assigned a new correspondent child, Malathi from India:

This picture I received of her was from 2013, so an update was more than due. I now have her updated picture! She is 12 years old now, turning 13 in October:

She's beautiful! And I love the colours of her dress :) My three letters I have sent to her so far have been translated according to MyCompassion, so I'm hoping to hear from her soon(ish).

I also got an updated picture of Saymen in Ethiopia, who is now 10 years old:

He is now in the equivalent of the third grade and his best subject is art. He likes to play group games, soccer, and hide-and-seek. Here are his 4 pictures side-by-side, to show how he has grown since being a part of Compassion's program!

I haven't heard from Saymen in awhile (as is to be expected with the current letter delays), but I'm hoping to hear from you soon!

Has anyone else gotten a photo update lately?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

October Birthday Bash!

Yes, I realize it's June and not October. But when you're a Compassion sponsor/correspondent, you tend to think 3-4 months ahead in terms of birthdays, because that's usually how long it takes for birthday cards to reach your Compassion child. 

Five out of the eight members of my Compassion family have birthdays in October! So I figured I'd write their cards tonight and get them on the way, just to make sure they arrive in time. Normally I really struggle with what to write and send with the birthday cards, but this year I made a special collage for each child/teen and I think they turned out pretty well! I am sharing all of them here in the hopes that I might inspire you to do something creative for future birthday cards!