Keeping in Touch

I’ve been really busy over the last five months moving out of a home I’ve lived in for almost thirty years. Although I try to write to each child once monthly, I feel I’ve just not had/taken the time I normally have to stay in good communications with each of them. When I receive a sweet letter from one of them, it is a tangible reminder of how important it is to consistently write to each child. Sometimes the business of life gets in the way of the important things. I think it’s about time to write some more letters …

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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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