Monday, 29 June 2015

50 Reasons Why I Sponsor

Here are some of the things that my kids have said that really touched me in some way.   Some are for happy reasons, some for sad, some simply because they made me smile.  Either way, these quotes are part of the reason that I sponsor and correspond with kids all around the world.

  1. I say thanks for the Christmas card, stickers and the many letters you take your time writing. It portrays how you value me. ~ Epher, Kenya, 24
  2. All my friends said to say a big hi to you. ~ Eby, India, 12
  3. At school and as well at the project I have many friends. They come from Papua and from other places, but we are all friends. There is no difference whether they are white or black. We are always good to each other. ~ Pince, Indonesia,13
  4. At the project we have done many things like learning about God. God is wonderful and He is faithful. God is knowledgeable. He is helpful. That's why I like to help others. ~ Zaina, Uganda, 14
  5. Because of the way you love me, I feel you could come to visit me. ~ Symeon, Rwanda, 14
  6. Christ loves you. ~ Linda, Peru,11
  7. I am so special because I have a sponsor like you. ~ Clara, Philippines,11
  8. Compassion and the L.D.P (Leadership Development Program) group have made me grow to higher heights spiritually; I am able to fast and pray. ~ Epher, Kenya, 23
  9. Do not ever forget that I am very happy to say that I love you very much. ~ Estevenson, Haiti,13
  10. I ♥ you. ~ Erickson, Kenya, 11
  11. I accepted Jesus in my heart when we went camping at Arani. It was when the Pastor asked us to close our eyes and raise up the hands of the ones that want to accept Jesus in their heart and I rose up my hands, and since that moment I am not very selfish or aggressive ~ Keila, Bolivia,13
  12. I am so thankful to God that He gave you for me. I'm so lucky to have you, because you are so good to me. Thank you very much for everything. I wish that we could meet here personally. I hope you continue to support me until I finish my studies. ~ Clara, Philippines,14
  13. I am glad you became my sponsor. God bless you. I believe we will have a blessed time. ~ Tsigereda, Ethiopia, 18
  14. I am so thankful that God gives me wisdom and knowledge. I will study hard so that I will get higher grades and you will also be proud of me. ~ Clara, Philippines,13
  15. I am growing in the way of God.  ~ Guguloth, India, 20
  16. I am not okay because I have lost my caregiver. ~ Phoibe, Rwanda, 18
  17. I am now going to a different school. My mum takes me there on a moto-taxi, or sometimes we walk. ~ Linda, Peru,10
  18. I am proud of your family. ~ Phoibe, Rwanda,19
  19. I am sad to announce to you that my goat was lost and it makes me very sad. It is with tears in my eyes that I am writing to you this letter. It should have had a baby in April. ~ Estevenson, Haiti, 13
  20. I am so happy because you continue writing letters to me even though you are very busy with your work. ~ Clara, Philippines,14
  21. I ask God to never let you be discouraged in whatever you do. ~ Estevenson, Haiti, 12
  22. I can say that God loves me especially because you are there to support me every day. ~ Clara, Philippines,13
  23. I celebrated Christmas joyfully. ~ Cris, Indonesia, 10
  24. I close this letter with lots of love, with lots of love, with much love. From your Loving Son.  ~ Guguloth, India, 19
  25. I don't have a yard because the house where I live is under construction and there is a lot to be done. ~ Franklin, Honduras, 8
  26. I feel very happy to write to you due to the love I have for you. I love your advice and counselling for they are constructive to me and are so comforting to me because they raise my faith. ~ Phoibe, Rwanda, 19
  27. I felt so glad when I was reading that last letter from you. ~ Cris, Indonesia,12
  28. I greet you with the same love you have for me. ~ Victor,  Ecuador, 9
  29. I have changed school because my former school abandoned the boarding system. ~ Phoibe, Rwanda,19
  30. I celebrated my birthday by going for a walk. ~ Cris, Indonesia, 12
  31. I have received your hug and kiss sister. Thank you. It makes me feel the sisterly love you have toward me. Ha ha! Now the number of my sisters has increased to five ~ Epher, Kenya, 24
  32. I hope that God enables us to have a good relationship. ~ Tsigereda, Ethiopia,18
  33. I hope this was not the last letter I’ll receive from you. I'm really thankful to have you as my sponsor. ~ Clara, Philippines,12
  34. I infinitely thank you for the letters and picture. ~ Keila, Bolivia, 13
  35. I like the photo of Svenja's son that you sent. When I see that photo I feel very happy in my mind because I like that photo very much. ~ Eby, India, 13
  36. I live with my grandmother and haven’t met my parents. ~ Cynthia, Kenya, 11
  37. I love it when I receive a letter from you. I feel so happy when I hear from you. ~ Phoibe, Rwanda,19
  38. I love this project so much, I love you too. ~ Zaina, Uganda, 13
  39. I love you a lot! ~ Estevenson, Haiti, 11
  40. I read the bible every day. I like to read the chapter called Psalms. ~ Eby, India, 11
  41. I tell you that we are an economically poor family, but thanks to God we are very blessed to have you in our lives and it is such a blessing for us. ~ Franklin, Honduras, 8
  42. I thank God who let us know each other, despite how many people there are in the world. ~ Irene, Kenya, 11
  43. I thank this project, the JOY CDC because it has released me and my family from poverty. I have gained a skill in hairdressing and other skills. ~ Zaina, Uganda, 14
  44. I thank you for the photos and stickers from you. I will paste them in my room. ~ Cris, Indonesia, 12
  45. I think that this is a good time for you, God gave you money to maintain your house. ~ Eby, India, 12
  46. I want to apologize to you because of the long time between my letters to thank you for all you've done, it was because some of my relatives died, including the child of my uncle, so that kept me for awhile from writing this letter to you. ~ Pince, Indonesia,13
  47. I want to be a famous and important person in the community and help children who are on the street. ~ Cynthia, Kenya, 11
  48. I want to tell you that here in Honduras it is a little bit difficult since there are few jobs for young people. My father worked on the land to bring us food to our house, but sometimes with many difficulties. ~ Franklin, Honduras, 8
  49. I want to thank you for all your letters and for the blessing of getting your beautiful letters. They always fill me with joy. ~ Linda, Peru,11
  50. I want to thank you for being my sponsor and for the benefits. ~ Victor,  Ecuador,8
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Saturday, 6 June 2015

My Sponsored Kids React to...Each Other

One thing I've always done is told my sponsored children that I sponsor others.  Why? I have several reasons.

  1. So they can pray for each other!  They are part of a big sponsorship family, and I imagine it's probably fun for them to have brothers/sisters in Christ around the world!
  2. I'm hoping to keep in touch with them after they graduate from Compassion via facebook, etc.  Also, it's always possible they might stumble across this blog.  I wouldn't want them to be shocked by it and wondering why I didn't tell them.
  3. Sponsoring is a big part of my life, and I try to share my life with these kids as much as I can!  I love them like they were a part of my extended family!

So, I tell them.  And here's how I go about it.

First, I do sponsor a lot, too many for them to keep track of all the others.  So I first tell them that I write to many children around the world and that they are part of a large sponsorship family.  Then I match them up with one other child as their special "Prayer Sibling" and ask them to pray for that particular one.  I make up a "Child Packet Letter" for them, telling them the other child's hobbies, country, birth date, siblings, school grade, and etc.  I also send them photos of their Prayer Sibling.  I ask them to pray for their Prayer Sibling and say that if they have any messages for each other, I will pass them on.

Then I keep them up-to-date.  When they send those messages to each other, I make sure to pass them on.  I also send them letters telling them about their Prayer Siblings new photo updates, prayer requests, or any exciting news they might have. 

On occasion, when something happens (such as a child's parent dying), I will also forward that prayer request to all of the kids, and not just the one prayer sibling.

Here are some things my kids have said about each other (Note, the age is the age the child was at the time of writing it, not their currant age):

"Say hello to Pince for me. which class is she studying in?" ~ Eby, 12, India
"I am praying for you, and also for Zaina," ~ Clara, 14, Philippines
"I was very happy to see the photo of Estevenson." ~ Eby, 13, India
"May God bless you for assisting Olga." ~ Phoibe, 19, Rwanda
"Please say hello to Genoveva for me." ~ Pamela, 15, Peru
"Thank you for your generosity in sponsoring me and other children in other regions and countries." Pince, 13, Indonesia
"Thank you for the photos of Clara. The message I have for Clara is: I love her. She is beautiful and pretty." ~ Zaina, 14, Uganda

"I will pray for my brother Eby. I`d like to know what grade Eby is in." ~ Estevenson, 12, Haiti
"How are Linda, Cris, Esperance and Keila doing?" ~ Kajal, 10, India
"I am thankful for Linda's photo. I am praying for Linda so that God will help her to excel in life. Tell Linda that I love her so much and hope to see her, God willing." ~ Irene, 10, Kenya
"I will search where Irene's project is and if possible visit Irene. Tell her that she is unique fearfully and wonderful made in the image of God. No matter where she comes from her dreams are valid. I am also praying for her." ~ Epher, 24, Kenya (LDP Student)

"Please tell sister Zaina I am fine here and how is she also?" ~ Clara, 14, Philippines
"I see the photo of Estevenson and I always pray for him." ~ Eby, 12, India
"Give my regards to Pince," ~ Eby, 12, India

"What is Naomi's favourite colour?" ~ Sandra, 7, Togo

"How is Clara?" ~ Zaina, 14, Uganda
"I am praying for Esperance, Keila, Cris and Linda." ~ Kajal, 11, India
"Inform Tsigereda that she is beautiful and God loves her and that she is a head but not the tail, a victor not a victim of circumstance, above and not below. I am praying for her that God will help her perform well in school." ~ Epher, 24, LDP

"I am praying for Irene. I would like you to tell her that she should hold on to the Lord." ~ Linda, 11, Peru
"I will pray for Clara." ~ Zaina, 14, Uganda
"I will pray for Cynthia, that she feels God take care of her and that He blesses her." ~ Linda, 12, Peru
"Please tell Zaina thank-you and that she's beautiful also." Clara, 15, Philippines  

Thursday, 4 June 2015

If You Were Invisible...

One of the random questions I asked some of my sponsored kids was: "What would you do if you were invisible for a day?"

Here are the responses:

I would visit your country in order to be with you and to play and to walk and to visit the place where you live.  ~ Estevenson, 12, Haiti
What would I do if I was invisible? I would travel to many places.  ~ Caua, 10, Brazil
I would walk only where nobody could see me.  ~ Pamela, 15, Peru
If I were invisible for one day, I would like to walk on water.  ~ Linda, 11, Peru
If I were invisible for a day, I would be a voice of rebuke. Whenever one would be just about to do something wrong, I would whisper;”Stop doing that. Don’t you see it’s wrong?”  ~ Epher, 24, Kenya
 If I were invisible for a day,  I would be happy.  ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
Martha says that if she were invisible for a day, she would walk around like a boss. ~ Martha, 6, Kenya


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

My Compassion May

Compared to previous months, May was quiet, Compassion-wise.

None of my kids had birthdays and no photos were updated.

But I did receive five letters.

Here are my favourite bits.

Lamayian (KE)

"Receive greetings from your sponsor child Lamayian."

"School is good and I'm working hard to achieve the best grades."

"May the good Lord protect you and see you through."

Sonbordy (HA)

"I'm really happy this morning because It ake my pen to write you by myself."

"My family and I are fine thanks to God."

"I plan to be a famous engineer and work to help my family."

"Regarding my scenery, I like to see the fishes in the sea."

Maryuri (CO)

"I would like to tell you that we celebrated Christmas fathered with all of the kids from the projec in a great party."

"During my Christmas vacations I played tag, to pretende to be a teacher, to the dolls and master chef with my cousins."

"I ask you to continue to pray for my studies and for my cousins' studies."

Jenny (HO)

"Through this letter I want to thank you for the letters that you sent, they were precious."

"I always carry you in my prayers. I ask you to pleasse carry me in your prayers."

"My goals are to graduate as a teacher."

Gabriella (BO)

"I like Mazanilla (Traditional flower), which has a nice smell."

"My parents are doing well at their job."

"My goal is to be the best agronomist."

"...I like to observe how ants work which is something amazing. It is also great to see plants, sky and birds. It is very beautiful all the world that God gave us!"