Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Update from Saymen

I received a letter from Saymen in the mail today!

Saymen is 9 years old and lives in Ethiopia. Letters from Ethiopia, compared to other Compassion countries, are few and far between so they are always a special treat! I have been writing to Saymen for about 3 and a half years now, and hope I have the opportunity to get to know him even better in the years to come.

Saymen is still writing using form letters, and the theme of this one is "My Family". 

I learned that he has two stepsisters, named Lielty and Mibrak, and that the person in his family that he spends the most time with is his mom. His family lives in a city, and he enjoys watching TV with his family (hey, me too!). He helps his family by "fetching things", and his family's faith background is Orthodox.

He also says "I am delighted that you've graduated. Here it is the rainy season and raining a lot. Thanks for your letter and beautiful photograph. You and your family're all charming (awwww)". 

He is praying that I can get a good job. I just recently sent out a letter to him about an amazing job I was recently accepted for, so he will get that news soon :) (I will update the blogging world on this new development closer to the time that the new job starts).

His prayer request is to pray that he can be "an outstanding student" :)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Update From Rosalie

I received a letter today from Rosalie, my sponsored child and friend in the Philippines. 

Here is the letter that her mother wrote on her behalf:

How are you? I hope you are fine as well as your whole family. Rosalie is doing well. Thank you for the pictures you sent. Rosalie wants to greet you a "Happy Graduation." By the way, she put all your pictures in an album. She also received all the things you gave to her. She's still in SPED (Special Education classes). She's in good health. Please always include her in your prayers that God will increase her knowledge. Always, R. (mother of Rosalie).

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Best Kind of Surprise!

I logged on to my MyCompassion account this afternoon, in preparation for writing Christmas cards to all my Compassion kids (I always double-check that I have the right child numbers for them before I write). I decided to go down the list in alphabetical order, to make sure I didn't miss anyone. So first up was Blanca, my sponsored child in Ecuador. As I clicked on her name and her information came up, her picture changed before my eyes! A new picture? I wasn't expecting that until next year!

My dear friend Blanca is now 10 years old! Her information was updated earlier this week. Her household chores now include washing clothes, running errands, cleaning, and helping in the kitchen. She goes to church and Sunday School. For fun she likes playing soccer (in the big field behind her in the picture!) and hide-and-seek. We stood here and walked up the steps together almost 3 years ago:

She is now in grade 6 in school, and her performance is average. Her best subject is math (in a previous letter she told me she got the highest mark in her class on a math test!)

I am looking forward to getting to know her more in the years to come. Here's all of her sponsorship pictures side-by-side, showing a bit of how she has grown and changed so far, since being in Compassion's program:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Smile! Baby Edition

It's been awhile since I've done one of these posts. The goal of them is to show the beautiful smiles of Compassion-assisted children who are waiting for sponsors. Poverty has given them many challenges, but because the local church has stepped in to help them, they are able to smile :)

These kids are some of the youngest available for sponsorship. They and their caregivers have gotten through this challenging time through the help of the Child Survival Program, which assists mothers with young children and ensures that they receive the proper care they need to thrive. So without further ado, here are some of the sweet faces of babies in Bolivia who are waiting for sponsors! If you want more information on a particular child featured here, just click on their name.

Neymar and his mom

I think Julio is trying to tell us that he is one year old! :)

This is Ana.

Smiles from Leydi and her mom

Adrian's standing up all by himself!

And last but not least, here's Sergio and his mom!