Thursday, 26 November 2015

Where Would You Go?

One of the questions I asked all my children is: “Where would you travel to if you could visit anywhere in the world?”  

Drawing by Eby in India
 Here are the responses:

  • I would like to travel to my uncle’s house.  That is 300km away from my house.   ~ Guguloth, 20, India
  • If I get the chance, I will visit your country: Canada.  ~ Cris, 12, Indonesia
  • I would like to visit Italy and its streets of water.  It much be very different and beautiful.  Here, we don’t have streets like that.  ~ Caua, 10, Brazil
  • I would like to go the United States because I have heard that it is a beautiful country.  ~ Franklin, 7, Honduras
  • I would go to any town, in any place.  ~ Pince, 13, Indonesia
  • I would love to travel to Entebbe Airport.  I would love to see the aeroplanes which are flying to leave, and those which are landing.  If I could travel in one of the aeroplanes, I would go to Canada, Asia, and America.  ~ Zaina, 14, Uganda
  • I would travel to the United States.  ~ Keila, 11, Bolivia
  • I want to visit you and if I could go to anywhere in the world, I would want to go to your house.  ~ Chokchai, 10, Thailand
  • When I have the opportunity to visit anywhere in the world, I will come visit you.   ~ Esperance, 10, Rwanda
  • I would like to visit many countries, especially Spain.  ~ Jayder, 12, Colombia
  • I would like to visit my sister in Accra here in Ghana.  ~ Naomi, 5, Ghana
  • Canada.  ~ Sandra, 8, Togo
  • India, or else I would travel to your country to meet you and your family.  ~ Martha, 6, Kenya
  • I would like to travel to Spain and learn about Spanish culture.  ~ Franklin, 8, Honduras
  • If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would love to come and meet you.  ~ Erickson, 12, Kenya
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

How Universal is Pizza?

Sometimes I ask all of my sponsored the same question, because I like to get a feel for what the answers are in different parts of the world.  This time around, I asked them if they had ever tried pizza and, if so, what toppings they like the best. 

Here are the results to my poll:
Drawing by Victor in Ecuador

  • No, I haven't eaten pizza before.  ~ Atta Kuma, Ghana
  • I do not eat pizza, but I saw it on an advertisement. ~ Eby, India
  • I have eaten pizza, but with no extra toppings. ~ Cris, Indonesia
  • I eat pizza and my favourite is pepperoni. I love pizza, but I don't know how to make one.~ Caua, Brazil
  • My house is far from the city so we don't have pizza.  ~ Chokchai, Thailand
  • We eat pizza here. I love it with a lot of cheese, ham, and pepperoni. ~ Victor, Ecuador
  • I've never eaten it, but I know about it. ~ Phoibe, Rwanda
  • I eat pizza. I like to put eggs on my pizza. What about you? What do you want to put on your pizza? ~ Zaina, Uganda
  • I don't like pizza. ~ Linda, Peru
  • I never ate a pizza. ~ Olga, Bolivia
  • I eat pizza and add some ketchup to it. It is delicious. ~ Genoveva, Ecuador
  • I do not eat pizza. ~ Naomi, Ghana
  • We make Pizza from whit flower chicken or also pineapple. ~ Epher, Kenya
  • Martha doesn't know what pizza is, but she eats samosa which sometimes she has with meat and sometimes green peas. . ~ Martha, Kenya
  • In my country, I have never eaten pizza. ~ Erickson,Kenya 

To sum it up: 8 Kids had not eaten it, but at least 2 of those kids had heard of it, and 1 had no idea what it was.  6 Kids had eaten pizza, but one of them didn't like it. 

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Red, Blue or Green?

 The Results are In! 
I have tallied up my kids favourite colours and the most popular colour is.... *drumroll please*...

Here are how the rest of the Standings Went.  (PS: Some kids are listed more than once because they had more than one favourite.  Also, these standings may be edited and change if I hear from more kids)

1. Team Red - 11 Points
Eby, India
Erickson, Kenya
Caua, Brazil
Victor, Ecuador
Zaina, Uganda
Esperance, Rwanda
Linda, Peru
Cynthia, Kenya
Martha, Kenya 
Mangisi, Kenya
Chokchai, Thailand
2. (Tie)

Team Blue - 6 Points

Atta Kuma, Ghana - specifically Indigo
India - specifically Sky Blue

Cris, Indonesia
Keila, Bolivia
Sandra, Togo
Francois, Dem. Rep. of Congo

Team Green -6 Points
Mukesh, India
Clara, Philippines ~ Because trees are green and it symbolizes life
Kajal, India 
Esperance, Rwanda 
Naomi, Ghana 
Phoibe, Rwanda

4. Team Pink - 5 Points
Pamela, Peru
Linda, Peru 
Olga, Bolivia
Thineshka, Sri Lanka ~ specifically Rose

Phoibe, Rwanda

5.Team Orange - 3 Points
Mangisi, Kenya
Thineshka, Sri Lanka

Naomi, Ghana

6. (Tie)

Team Yellow - 2 Points

Alex, Ecuador
Kajal, India
Team White - 2 Points
Esperance, Rwanda 
Adama, Burkina Faso

8. (3 WayTie)

Team Purple - 1 Point
Tsigereda, Ethiopia

Team Black - 1 Point
Naomi, Ghana

Team Brown - 1 Point
Martha, Kenya

*For the Record, I would have thrown my own vote in with Team Green.
Drawing by Olga in Bolivia

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Monday, 2 November 2015

Prayer Requests From Around the World

Each morning I pray for my children to be happy, to be healthy, to be successful, and that they will feel loved. 

But sometimes my kids also have other specific prayer requests and I pray for these things as well when I receive these requests.  Below are some of the things that my children have asked for prayers about. 

Perhaps some of these prayer requests will help others pray for their kids too, and show you that kids everywhere have the same basic wants and needs.  And if any of my kids prayer requests jump out at you, please, say a prayer for them too!

1.      I ask that you pray for my family, and my little friends and classmates. ~ Olga, 9, Bolivia
2.      I ask you to pray for my mum and my grandma and my entire family and for those who are abandoned too. ~ Keila, 12, Bolivia
3.      I ask you to pray for my mum's family to treat each other with love. ~ Genoveva, 7, Ecuador
4.      I feel that mathematics is a bit difficult, so please pray for me so that I will be good at it. ~ Esperance, 10, Rwanda
5.      I need your prayers for me to excel in my academics. ~ Atta Kuma, 15, Ghana
6.      I request you to pray for me to be alive. ~ Zaina, 13, Uganda
7.      I want you to pray for me and my brother so that we can pass our examinations. ~ Atta Kuma, 14, Ghana
8.      I would like you to pray for my mommy, my daddy, and me to always be together. ~ Linda, 9, Peru
9.      It's important to let you know that my mother is one-eyed. She has become one-eyed while she was breaking up a coconut; a piece of the solid shell, which envelops it, hit her in an eye. She went to the hospital, unfortunately the doctor's couldn't do anything and she became one-eyed. Please pray for her. ~ Estevenson, 13, Haiti
10.  Last February 24th my father passed away due to heart failure, so we are in deep sorrow. Please pray for us. ~ Eby, 12, India
11.  Last October 15th we experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. At that time, me and my family were scared because the buildings cracked. I thank God there was no class and it was a holiday as our school also cracked. As of now we use the ground to continue our classes. Then this month on November 8th, I know you'll see it on the news on TV what is happening in the Philippines now, but we had a Super Typhoon named “Yolanda” Many people died, especially in Tacloban City. So, please continue to pray for the people of the Philippines are suffering, no food, no water, all the things washed out, especially their houses. ~ Clara, 13, Philippines
12.  Naomi wants you to pray for her family to stay united forever. ~ Naomi, 5, Ghana
13.  Please continue to pray for my family, especially my mother and father who work hard for our daily needs. ~ Clara, 14, Philippines
14.  Please continue to pray that God will give us good health, that he will guide and protect us in our daily activities. ~ Clara, 13, Philippines
15.  Please pray a lot for my dad. ~ Linda, 12, Peru
16.  Please pray for me as I struggle with my academics. ~ Martha, 6, Kenya
17.  Please pray for me because I failed mathematics.  ~ Symeon, 14, Rwanda
18.  Please pray for me since I am now a teenager. ~ Eby, 12, India
19.  Please pray for me so that I can be successful in the Compassion program. ~ Cris, 13, Indonesia
20.  Please pray for me that I can make my parents happy. ~ Cris, 12, Indonesia
21.  Please pray for me to be a good girl forever. ~ Naomi, 6, Ghana
22.  Please pray for me to be brilliant in school. ~ Naomi, 7 Ghana
23.  Please pray for me to become a clever and good adult in the future. ~ Naomi, 6 Ghana
24.  Please pray for me to have a smooth relationship with my family.  ~ Tsigereda, 18, Ethiopia
25.  Please pray for me, because both my parents have now passed away. ~ Pince, 13, Indonesia
26.  Please pray for my brother as he is not able to concentrate in his studies. ~ Kajal, 10, India
27.  Please pray for my brother to get a good job. ~ Eby, 12, India
28.  Please pray for my brother who is in the barracks. ~ Genoveva, 8, Ecuador
29.  Please pray for my dreams ~ Cris, 10, Indonesia
30.  Please pray for my faith, that God will always help me in times of trials in life and temptation in school. ~ Clara, 14, Philippines
31.  Please pray for my family to accept Jesus in their hearts. ~ Genoveva, 6, Ecuador
32.  Please pray for my mother to get money. ~ Naomi, 5, Ghana
33.  Please pray for my mum so that she arrives safe on her trip and nothing bad happens to her. ~ Keila, 13, Bolivia
34.  Please pray for my mum, she is sick. ~ Victor, 7, Ecuador
35.  Please pray for my parents so that they can accept Jesus in their hearts. ~ Franklin, 6, Honduras
36.  Please pray for my whole family, especially my brother. ~ Keila, 12, Bolivia
37.  Please pray for us so God helps us to finish our house. ~ Genoveva, 7, Ecuador
38.  Please pray that God will take care of my parents and my siblings. ~ Victor, 8, Ecuador
39.  Please pray that I will always pass in school. ~ Estevenson, 11, Haiti
40.  Pray for me so that God would bless me and grant me more wisdom and knowledge.  ~ Atta Kuma, 13, Ghana
41.  Pray for me so that I will prosper in the future. ~ Atta Kuma, 15, Ghana
42.  Pray for me to grow up in Jesus. ~ Sandra, 7, Togo
43.  Pray for my brother because he broke his leg. ~ Zaina, 13, Uganda
44.  Pray for my sister Juliette because science is difficult for her. ~ Esperance, 12, Rwanda
45.  Pray that I'll always be protected and that God will watch over me. ~ Pamela, 14, Peru
46.  The bad news is that my brother and my grandmother are sick. My brother is suffering from typhoid and the grandmother is suffering from flu, but soon both will recover. I request you to pray for them because with God, everything is possible. ~ Zaina, 14, Uganda
47.  There is a subject that is very difficult for me. I would like for you to pray for me so I can understand it well. It is math. ~ Estevenson, 12, Haiti
48.  There was a murder here yesterday. Please pray for us so we will all be safe. ~ Pince, 14, Indonesia
49.  Would you pray for my relationship with my friends? ~ Pince, 13, Indonesia
50.  Would you pray to thank God for all that He did for me? ~ Romli, 15, Tanzania

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