Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Compassion Family: A Year in Review

Time for a stereotypical New Years' post! Just kidding, this one is going to be short. This was my Compassion Family at the beginning of 2016:

If you've been following my blog, you'll see that there have been a few changes to this arrangement. First of all, Emanuel lost his financial sponsor quite early on in the year and I wasn't informed until it had already happened. However, because he is so young and I had only written to him for a short time I am hoping it wasn't too hard on him and that he now has a new sponsor who writes him lots of letters! Jose also left my Compassion Family as his family moved to an area in Peru where there isn't a Compassion project. 

Despite these losses I also had some new editions that brought my number up to 8 again:

Malathi joined as a correspondent child awhile ago, and Angel came along as another correspondent child just in time for Christmas! There were also some photo updates in there, as you can see :)

*I feel like I should add a disclaimer or some sort of note here that reads "Some Changes Pending in 2017." The reason for this is that I may lose two of my correspondent girls in the New Year due to the current situation in their country. I would also like to add JOY to my life (hint hint, see what I did there!) if God provides the finances and lets me know it's the right time. 

So stay tuned for more updates! Only the Lord knows what will happen with my Compassion Family in 2017.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Meet Angel and Joy!

Hello fellow Compassion sponsors and correspondents! You may remember recently that I wrote about one of my correspondent kids, Jose, leaving Compassion's program. I have now found out this was because his family has moved to an area where there is no Compassion project. I asked Compassion Canada to put me on the waiting list to write to another child whose sponsor cannot write, and figured that as usual it would take months before I was assigned a new child.

But today I logged on to MyCompassion and found this sweet face!

This little boy is Angel. He is 4 years old, and his birthday is December 22 (really close to Christmas!). He lives in Columbia with his mother. He is in kindergarten and likes riding a bicycle and playing soccer. He lives in a relatively small community where the main language is Spanish. I can't wait to write to him and get to know him!

I would like to introduce you to one more little boy today. Generally I am pretty invincible to "Sponsoritis" these days (a term some of us use to describe wanting to sponsor every adorable face we see on Compassion's website) but I can't seem to stop thinking about this child. I am completely broke and cannot sponsor him unless something changes drastically soon, but thought I should introduce you to him here:

This little boys' name is Sanyu, and he is from Uganda. His name means "Joy" in his local language. I know this because one of the children I worked with in the Asante Children's Choir was also named Sanyu. This little boy is 3 years old, and his birthday is in March. He lives with his father and mother and there are 6 children in the family. He likes art, playing with cars, and telling stories. He has been waiting 177 days for a sponsor. If you would like to learn more about Sanyu, you can find his profile on Compassion Canada's website. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hola from Ecuador!

Today I found letters waiting for me from both of my Compassion friends in Ecuador: my sponsored child Blanca, and my correspondent Edison!

First up, here is an update from Blanca:

She is doing well in school and working hard so that she can "be promoted to the next school year". She got some new school supplies at her project. She visited her uncles in Quito and had fun and went to church there. She asks me to pray for her studies.

Edison's photo has updated since I wrote to him last. He spent his vacation with his family and says "and every day I feel better." He is trying to finish high school now so that he can go to college someday. He says "I know it is difficult but not impossible, if you have faith in God everything you propose you will achieve it." He says he is learning interesting things at his project. I am always amazed by his faith and his wisdom!