Happy New Year!

Yes, that is the title of this post dated June 13! That’s because I just received a letter from Gabriela N dated January 8 of this year. The very fact that it took so long for me to receive this letter shows just how far removed Gabriela N is from the connected world most of us live in. I will accept Gabriela N’s greeting as a wish for the rest of 2016!

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Letter from Ecuador

I received a letter from Gabriela J today. Because of the time it takes to get to me from Ecuador, it was actually written in March. I hope and pray that Gabriela J is well after the devastating earthquake. I know that Compassion has given some sad news regarding a few of the children and their families. Gabriela J ended her letter this way —

“Well I say goodbye with a huge hug. May God bless you and your family. Thank you for the letter. I hope you are in good health. May God always protect you.”

I also recently received an updated photo of Gabriela J. Hasn’t she grown?

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Pray for Ecuador

As soon as I heard the breaking news last Sunday morning about the earthquake that shook Ecuador’s northwest Pacific coast, I searched the locations of my sponsored children in Ecuador and their proximity to the earthquake. At this point I believe that one of the girls (Josselyn) lives very close to the earthquake area. It is too early to know about her safety. The events of the world cause an additional level of concern when a sponsored child is involved. Please pray for Ecuador.

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Common Thread

The common thread in the posts from my children is that they love me and that they (and also their families) pray for me. It is hard to comprehend that these children value me being their sponsor so much, but I am more and more convinced that they are truly thankful for the support I can give them. I am thankful to be able to support these precious children.

How I wish I could see each one of them and give them a hug!!!

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Monthly Letters

Making sure that I write to each child once a month is a resolution I make to myself each year.

Besides my monthly monetary commitments in support of the children, it is important to me that each child has a tangible connection with me on a regular basis. Each letter I send contains from one to three pictures. The pictures may be of myself, family or many times of places I have traveled. I send many pictures of nature because my nature hikes provide me with some of my favorite subjects whether it be a squirrel, butterfly or flower. Many times, a child will write back to me telling me how much she or he has enjoyed the pictures. It is so crucial to me to be consistent and to ensure that each child is aware that I am thinking of each of them throughout the year. I want the children to look forward to the mail deliveries at their center rather than being disappointed if a letter is not received.

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Praying for a Sponsor

“I prayed a lot to have a sponsor.” Those were the words included in the letter I recently received from Gabriela N.  Having a sponsor means so much to these children. Knowing that someone far away cares about them through prayer, communication and financial support will help to create a more positive situation in their formative years. It is humbling to me to think that I helped to answer her prayers.

Will you be the answer to a child’s prayers?

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Singing Fredeline

Oh, Fredeline, I am so proud of you! I just received a letter from my first sponsored child in Haiti. Because of this, Fredeline will always hold a special place in my heart. In her letter she let me know that she participates in the Compassion project’s choir and that this choir has sung in several churches in Haiti. How I wish I could be there just to sit in one of those services and watch this sweet girl sing!

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