Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December Updates

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted much for awhile. It partially isn't my fault...the mail around here has been slow lately. REALLY slow. So slow, in fact, that after a month of waiting for two letters that should have arrived within a week, I emailed Compassion and got scanned versions of the letters so I could finally reply to my kids! Here's what I've learned about my Compassion Family this month:

José has turned 13, and has an updated picture! He now participates in both church and youth group, and he is in grade 6. His best subject is art and he enjoys reading and swimming.

Emanuel is learning about prayer and "The Word of the Lord" at his Compassion project. His favourite Bible story is the one about David and Goliath. He prays that God will protect his family from evil and that they will always be together. His favourite verse is Jeremiah 18:6, which talks about Israel being like clay in God, the potter's, hands (I wonder if they did a lesson on that at the project).

I also got another short but sweet letter from Rosalie's mom. She says "Rosalie said thank you for giving her your pictures, and and also for greeting her. She's also hoping that you will not get tired of writing to her and praying that she would understand her lesson" (never gonna happen, kid!). She also said that Rosalie is now "diligently attending activities in CDC" and is interested in her lessons because of her new teacher (cue an emphatic "YES!" complete with fist-pump!). Thank you, Lord!

Have you received any exciting updates from your Compassion kids lately?

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Next Great Adventure

"Saddle up your horses, we've got a trail to blaze, through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace. Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown, this is a life like no other, this is The Great Adventure!" ---Steven Curtis Chapman, The Great Adventure

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you may recall a post I wrote last year about The Asante Children's Choir putting on a last-minute performance at my school. I now have the amazing opportunity to be a chaperone with the Asante Children's Choir for their 2016 tour! I applied and had an interview this summer, and in September found out I had been accepted for the job. 

This means that for the first half of 2016, I will be travelling around Canada with 15 amazing kids from Uganda who have grown up in extreme poverty. They will be singing and dancing and sharing what Jesus has done in their lives, and getting sponsors who will help provide for their education back in Uganda. I will be helping to take care of them on tour and be part of a team that makes sure all the concerts go smoothly. While it sounds very exciting, I know it won't be easy: there will be constantly changing schedules, unforeseen challenges to adapt to, the list goes on and on. But what it will be, is a great adventure!

With that being said, my primary commitment for the first half of the new year will be advocating for Asante's ministries and helping find sponsors for kids supported through Asante. I do not know if I will have time to update this blog very much if at all. I will leave all my previous blog posts on here so you can go back and read them if you like, but may not be able to post much new content. 

If you would like to know more about the Asante Children's Choir, visit their website. 

Please pray for me and for the Choir as we start off on this Great Adventure!