Wednesday, November 9, 2016

An End and a Beginning

Today when I logged onto MyCompassion, I found much to my surprise a letter waiting for me classified as "Final Letter." It was written on behalf of Jose, one of my correspondent "kids":

Dear Sponsor (it was addressed both to his financial sponsor and myself),
My very warm greetings to you. We hope the love of God reign in your home. This letter is to thank you on behalf of Jose, who is very happy for all the support received that was of great impact to his life. He could discover through your letters and presents that generous people exist, but due to personal and family issues he is no longer coming to the program. His life has taken a new path. He could enjoy a well-balanced diet, medical, psychological and educational assistance, as well as camps, retreats, field trips, birthday and Christmas celebrations. Our church is very grateful for such generosity. My God always bless you. We encourage you to continue blessing the life of a new child. We will pray for you. Sincerely, N. (Project Director)

I hope that the reasons he had to leave were good ones, such as the fact that both his mom and his aunt both had babies recently and maybe they need his help around the house more. But I may never know. Thankfully, God does. Please keep Jose in your prayers. He is only 14 years old and whatever country you're from the teenage years can be tough, especially if there isn't a strong support system in place like this project at his local church.

As much as this is sad news to receive, it was exactly perfect timing as well. I had already planned to contact Compassion Canada this morning and ask to be added to the waiting list for one more correspondent child! So now the waiting begins, before I will "meet" someone new to write to and encourage.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

News from Peru (Finally!)

It had been ten months since I last heard from Jose, my correspondent teen in Peru, until today. I had just asked Compassion Canada to do an inquiry into this about a week ago and lo and behold, there was a letter for me from him in my MyCompassion account today! It looks like the letter was written in March. I'm guessing the implementation of the new letter system had something to do with the delay. Whatever the reasons, I'm excited to finally have a letter from him that also came with a picture!

Here is the letter:

Dear sponsor, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus. I hope that you are in good health. Thank you for your letters, the Christmas card and the cute owl that you painted (I coloured a picture and sent it to him as I'm not great at drawing). 

His financial sponsor sent him a significant amount of money as a gift, and with it he was able to buy sneakers, boots, sweatpants, a pair of pants, sweatshirts and a cap, to which he says Great!

I am so happy to hear that you found a job, congratulations! God always listen to the prayers, you are going to have such a nice experience with the children from Uganda.

I know there is so much hunger in Africa, but I don't exactly know much about it. It is so nice that Compassion is over there too, reaching out to more children, such a blessing! ...Thanks for telling me about your trip to Canada with your choir; I will pray for you. Please, I send greetings for them, I will be praying for them and for you.

I try to imagine their faces when watching the snow; such an unforgettable experience for them. I hope that one day will snow here, in order to touch it. May God guard you and take care of you while you travel. 

My aunt, my mom's sister, just had a baby so I help her to look after him. My mom also has a four-month-old baby, his name is Exmit and he is my fourth brother. He is healthy, thank God. I liked the card of Easter and the Bible text of 1 John 3:1: "See what great love the father has lavished on us..." and Psalms 23:1: "The Lord is my Shepherd; I lack nothing." I hope to hear from you soon, about the new things that you do and your family. I finish these lines with many kisses and hugs. From Peru, the person who loves you a lot, Jose.