Tuesday, 31 March 2015

92 Things My Sponsored Kids Wanted to Know

Here are some things that my sponsored and correspondent children have asked me, not including the more general and popular questions like "How are you, your family, and your country?"  The age beside the child's name is their age at the time of asking the question, rather than their current age.

I had a lot of fun answering my kids' questions, and maybe some of them will inspire letter ideas for you too!

  1. Which church do you attend? Atta Kuma, 14, Ghana
  2. How do you celebrate your birthday? Estevenson, 11, Haiti
  3. Who is the man you love the most in your life? Pince, 13, Indonesia
  4. What does Easter mean to you? Zaina, 15, Uganda
  5. Which is your favourite fruit and flower? Eby, 11, India
  6. How do you feel away from your parents, because I am next to mine and I feel at ease? Francois, 11, Democratic Republic of Congo
  7. What is your hobby? Cris, 10, Indonesia
  8. What are your favourite colours? Caua, 9, Brazil
  9. What pets do you like? Franklin, 7, Honduras
  10. What makes you happy? Tsigereda, 18, Ethiopia
  11. How old are you? Pince, 13, Indonesia
  12. Will you please sent me a family photo along with your next letter? Kajal, 10, India
  13. Where do you go on vacation? Linda, 9, Peru
  14. Do you really like snowball playing? Eby, 11, India
  15. I've never tasted wine. What flavour does it have? Olga, 9, Bolivia
  16. Do you love Jesus? Sandra, 8, Togo
  17. In your country, how many children are placed in a classroom? Naomi, 4, Ghana
  18. How did you take that photo of a Canadian street 115 years ago? Eby, 13, India
  19. What is your favourite Christmas song? Pamela, 14, Peru
  20. Do you have any children? Estevenson, 11, Haiti
  21. Do you like going to the doctor? Franklin, 7, Hondurus
  22. Did you go to church on Easter? Zaina, 13, Uganda
  23. Do you like babies? Linda, 9, Peru
  24. Is your weather very cold? Estevenson, 11, Haiti
  25. What are you doing right now? Cris, 11, Indonesia
  26. Do you celebrate Friendship Day in your country? Linda, 9, Peru
  27. Please tell me what helped you to succeed in school. Did you set goals? Because many things make people drop out of school.  Zaina, 14, Uganda
  28. I love school, what do you love? Estevenson, 11, Haiti
  29. What do you call the capital city of Canada? Zaina, 13, Uganda
  30. Do you know how to swim? Victor, 8, Ecuador
  31. Do you like singing? Mangisi, 4, Kenya
  32. What is the weather like there during Christmas? Pince, 13, Indonesia
  33. How long has your country existed? Estevenson, 11, Haiti
  34. Will your family celebrate Christmas this year? Pince, 13, Indonesia
  35. Are there parrots in Canada? Linda, 10, Peru
  36. What are the major newspapers in your country? Epher, 23, Kenya (LDP Student)
  37. Have you been to Haiti yet? Estevenson, 11, Haiti
  38. Do you play guitar? Pince, 14, Indonesia
  39. In Canada, can the weather change like it can in Uganda? Zaina, 14, Uganda
  40. What is the good news there? Eby, 11, India
  41. Do you like monkeys? Keila, 10, Bolivia
  42. In your community, do people raise animals and birds? Zaina, 14, Uganda
  43. What is your favourite time of year? Kajal, 10, India
  44. Can I ask you something? Are you studying? Olga, 10, Bolivia
  45. Do you live with your family? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  46. When will you come down to Peru? Linda, 9 Peru
  47. Do you use grasshoppers to make a sauce? Zaina, 14, Uganda
  48. Are there kidnappers in your country? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  49. Do you love jokes? Victor, 9, Ecuador
  50. Did you finish school a long time ago? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  51. When you were a child, did you participate in extra activities at your school? Keila, 13, Bolivia
  52. How are your doggy and cats doing? Kajal, 11, India
  53. Did you major in something? Linda, 9, Peru
  54. Which is your favourite food?  Eby, 11, India
  55. What do you often do? Cris, 10, Indonesia
  56. Can you draw me a flag of your country? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  57. Do you know how to make ice cubes?  Eby, 11, India
  58. Do you like to work? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  59. How long have you been pregnant? Linda, 11, Peru
  60. What is your favourite animal? Olga, 9, Bolivia
  61. Are there any rambutan fruits where you live? Cris,11, Indonesia
  62. Are you from a great family? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  63. Can you send me a photo of your brother's cat? Eby, 12, India
  64. Do you speak Indonesian? Cris, 11, Indonesia
  65. Do you work every day? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  66. Do you have brothers or sisters? Linda, 10, Peru
  67. Are you a fan or supporter of any sports teams? Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)i
  68. When will you come to Haiti? I need to see you face to face. Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  69. Do you like to plant a garden? Cris, 12, Indonesia
  70. Are you safe there in your house? Clara, 13, Philippines
  71. What is the climate there? Eby, 11, India
  72. Did you used to go to movies? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  73. Do you have any birds at your home? Zaina, 13, Uganda
  74. Where you live, are there Compassion projects? Keila, 12, Bolivia
  75. Do you like sports? Eby, 11, India
  76. Do you like to play with children? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  77. Do you have trees, grass and flowers where you live? Zaina, 13, Uganda
  78. What is your favourite meal? Linda, 9, Peru
  79. What do you enjoy at church? Epher, 23, Kenya (LDP Student)
  80. Do you practice sports while pregnant? Estevenson, 12, Haiti
  81. Sister Teresa, have you ever written a novel? Cris 10, Indonesia
  82. Can you tell me about ice cream with soda? I would like to learn how to do that. Franklin, 8, Hondurus
  83. Would you like to be called a princess? Victor, 8, Ecuador
  84. Where do you live? Mangisi, 4, Kenya
  85. What was your dream to become when you were a child? Tsigereda, 18, Ethiopia
  86. What do you do for a living? Pamela, 15, Peru
  87. Do you live in a town or a village? Pince, 13, Indonesia
  88. What do bears look like? Zaina, 13, Uganda
  89. What are your plans this coming summer? Clara, 14, Philippines
  90. Is there much water where you live? Estevenson, 11, Haiti
  91. Can you tell me what animals you saw on your trip? Francois, 10, Democratic Republic of Congo 
  92. Does the media have a lot of freedom in your country, or is it restricted? Epher, 23, Kenya (LDP Student)
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

70 Questions to Ask Your Sponsored Child about Community, Country & Culture

I've heard some sponsors say they don't write, because they aren't sure what to write about.  I've compiled some question list that might be helpful to you.  These were posted on my old blog, and I am reposting them here.  The last of these lists is 70 Questions to Ask Your Sponsored Child about Culture/Community & Country. Feel free to use them in your letters, and to answer the questions for your children about yourself. 

Some of these questions will be appropriate only for older, or younger children or certain cultures, but I thought it might help some who are stuck with things to talk about.

To Read 55 Questions to Ask Your Sponsored Child About School, Click Here
To Read 73 Random Questions to Ask Your Sponsored Child, Click Here
To Read 35 Questions to Ask Your Sponsored Child About their Friends and Family, Click Here

  1. What National holidays do you celebrate?
  2. Can you draw me a picture of your country’s flag?
  3. Describe a traditional costume that would be worn for a special occasion. (Or draw a picture of it.)
  4. How is Christmas celebrated where you live?
  5. How is Easter celebrated where you live?
  6. How is New Years Celebrated where you live?
  7. When is New Years Day?
  8. How are birthdays celebrated?
  9. When you first meet someone, how do you greet them? (Shake hands?)
  10. What do you do with your teeth when you lose them?
  11. What languages are spoken in your country?
  12. What languages do you speak?
  13. When you speak to an adult, is it polite or rude to make eye contact?
  14. What age are you considered an adult?
  15. Are some birthdays more special than others?
  16. Are marriages arranged by parents?
  17. At what age do people typically marry?
  18. Do you give thanks before eating?
  19. Do you use a twelve hour clock, or a twenty-four hour clock?
  20. What side of the road to people drive on?
  21. How important is punctuality?
  22. What types of animals are kept as pets?
  23. What types of music are popular?
  24. What types of instruments are played?
  25. Are there any traditional dances?
  26. Do you have a traditional costume for your area and how does it differ from those in neighbouring areas?
  27. What things are considered lucky or unlucky?
  28. Do you have any traditional fairy tales?
  29. What traditional festivals are celebrated in your community?
  30. Do you have a harvest festival?
  31. How do you welcome visitors in your home?
  32. What colours are in your country’s flag?
  33. Is it safe to play outside in your community?
  34. Do you know most of the people in your community well, or are they strangers?
  35. What is your role in society?
  36. Do you live in a city/village/town/other?
  37. Is your house close to the house of your neighbours?
  38. How many people live in your country?
  39. Do you live near a lake or a river?
  40. Do you live near mountains?
  41. What types of jobs do adults do?
  42. What types of jobs do kids do?
  43. Do you have electricity in your home?
  44. Do you have running water in your home? If not, how do you get water?
  45. What types of animals live in your country?
  46. Do you live near a large city?
  47. Can you draw me a map of your community?
  48. How do most people commute if they want to go somewhere?
  49. Does it snow where you live?
  50. What are your seasons like?
  51. What month is the hottest?
  52. What month is the coldest?
  53. What types of things do the people in your community do together?
  54. Who is the leader of your country?
  55. What are the main religions in your country?
  56. What are some interesting things about your country’s history?
  57. What does the word “success” mean to people in your community?
  58. How many schools are in your community?
  59. How many churches are in your community?
  60. Is there a town library?
  61. What fruits and vegetables grow in your country?
  62. What flowers grow?
  63. Do you have different forms of the word "you" depending on the context?
  64. What do you like best about the sponsorship program?
  65. What types of natural disasters are most common in your country?
  66. What type of calender do you use? (And what year is it in your country?)
  67. Have you met any foreigners who speak your language well?
  68. Which cities in your area have you visited?
  69. How can I pray for your community?
  70. How can I pray for your country?

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Go Into All The World - A book review

Today I want to tell you about a book, I had the pleasure to read recently, and before I get into it here is one of my favorite quotes.

"Why? Why make your dreams and visions all about yourself? We have one chance to make a difference to the world around us, and the best way to do that is to invest in other people."

In 2006 David started sponsoring his first child - five-year-old Dalia from Colombia. From that day on God started revealing an incredible path for David.

At one point David sponsored 55 kids in 26 countries. He has visited 31 kids in 12 countries and last year David decided it was time to sit down and write about his inspiring journey.

In his book David shares the up and downs of visiting your sponsored children. He doesn't paint a happy picture, he tells us about heartbreaking moments when he visited his kids, he talks about moments when it was hard to click with his sponsor kids and their families when meeting them, and he lets us be part of the heartwarming moments when a child opened up, and shared about the wonderful experiences that meeting your kids can be.

David saw first hand how Compassion changes the live of children in poverty, how the whole family benefits from the work of Compassion and he shares all that with us.

Reading David's book gives you an insight into the lives our sponsor kids face every day in a way so unique and special. You learn so much of the work Compassion does by reading Go Into All The World, you get to visit various projects when you read it.

It doesn't matter if you are sponsor wholeheartedly or if you wonder if the letters you sent really make that much of a difference. Go out there, buy Go Into All The World, join David on his journey and a lot of questions will be answered.

If you think that child sponsorship doesn't work - but you are willing to be convinced, please read the book, I'm sure you will be surprised.

In case you want some more information before purchase the book, why don't you check out David's blog, his Facebook page or this interesting 9 minutes video.You can also get a wonderful insight of David's journeys on his You Tube channel - I could watch those videos over and over again.

"Go into All the World" by David Chalmers can be bought at CreateSpace, word.com.au, Koorong or Arkhousepress

Thursday, 5 March 2015

My Compassion February

I can't believe it's already March. When I wrote my blog about all the letters, birthdays and photo updates in January, I had ideas for two more entries which I wanted to write in February. But as you can see, nothing happened. Life sure got in the way.

But let's talk about the great things February brought.

I received again 7 letters, celebrated on birthday and was blessed with two new photos.

My letter writers were Citlali (ME), Darcy (CO), Sonbordy (HA), Pyrah (PH), Mwaka and Nyamvula (both from Kenya and two of the 1000 kids) and Jenny (HO).

Citlali's letters:

"My family and I are very good, with God's help.

The postcard you sent me is very nice. If you can, please send pictures with Finn.

Please send my greetings to Jenny and her family.

Thank you for everything you've done to me."

Jenny's letter:

I love your encouragement towards me.

I will keep the letters.

Well, the flower I love is the geranium, it smeels delicious and it's pink.

In this small letter I want to thank you in a very special way."

Pyrah's letter (her first letter in English):

"I was happy upon knowing aboout your tradition there in the Alps - the Viehscheid.

The people in their traditional clothes are nice to see.

Thank you for the hug and kisses, and thank you for loving me."

Sonbordy's letter:

"Sonbordy feels a great joy in his heart to get the chance to write to you.

He spent a great Christmas when he went to a great party at his project.

He's glad you have a new baby and several pets.

He asks you to pray for him to succeed in all his activities.

Darcy's letter:

"Thank you very much for remembering my birthday because it is wonderful to me.

I am very glad to know that there are people living so far away that love me very much.

Have you ever failed in a school subject?

Someday I would like to sing in a very pretty voice."

From my Kenyan princesses I received my first letters in February.

Nyamvula's letter:

"My best Bible story is David and Goliath.

I have a brother (8years old) and a sister (16years old).

My best school subject is English.

My parents are also happy that you are sponsoring me.

May God bless you and be with you always."

Mwaka's letter:

"I have a two siblings - Ali 12 years old and Bahati 10 years old.

My best subject is sience and my favorite Bible story is Moses and the burning bush.

I thank you so much for accepting to be my sponsor.

May God bless you so much."

The photos from Jenny and Maryuri got updated. Aren't those two precious young ladies growing up? I love that Jenny looks much more relaxed in her new photo and I am sure she wears the tiniest of a smile on her lips. And Maryuri - what a smile!

On February 2nd my Kenyan princess Nyamvula turned 13 years old. Happy Birthday Nyamvula!

Can't wait to find out what March has in store.