Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Eight is Enough

Ok, ok, I apologize for the cliche and terribly un-creative title for this blog post. ;) Yesterday, I was thrilled to find the 8th addition to our Compassion International family when I logged into our account.

Welcome to the family, Mkapa from Tanzania!

Mkapa

This handsome fella is 15 years old and sounds quite interesting from the tidbits written in his bio. He is part of the choir at church and his family duties include washing clothes, running errands, cleaning, caring for animals, carrying water, gathering firewood, teaching others and kitchen help. His interests include musical instruments, swinging, group games, soccer, walking, marbles, running, reading, art, jump rope, singing, listening to music, ball games and story telling. Phew! That is quite a list!

I contacted Compassion and asked for his history and found that he has had 4 sponsors and his most current sponsor has been sponsoring him since 2004. While the sponsor has written from time to time, they decided this month to assign him a correspondent. He has never received a monetary gift and the average income in his area is $7 a month. Numbers like that just blow me away.

I am very excited to get to know this young man of many interests! I sent an email out to him as soon as I saw him on my account and I’ll get a handwritten letter and some photos out within the week. Thankfully, I was prompted to get extras of our recent snow photos, so I have them on hand and can send them with this first mailed letter.

If you are interested in learning more about the Correspondence program, check out my Letter Writing 101 post!

~Michelle

14 comments:

Deanna said...

We are at 5 with our sponsored kids and correspondence kids. I feel like this is my limit for now.

We have neighbors that just moved from Tanzania as refugees and it is hard to hear about their lives there!

Love the idea of taking snow pictures and since we are expecing 9'' today - I need to get out there with the camera!

JD said...

He sounds like such an interesting young man!! I can't wait to see his letters come in :) That's awesome that he had the same sponsor for 16+ years!

$7/month... speechless.

JD said...

P.S. We said were were at our max with 6 financial sponsorships (and 2 correspondence ones)... God smirked.

:)

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Whoops, typo!! That should read 2004, not 1994. That is what I get for blogging before I finish my coffee!

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness, Deanna, Nine INCHES!? Hard time wrap my mind around when we get zero inches. Every year.

Judy said...

Yay! I'm so giddy for you! It's always exciting to get a new Correspondence Child! (I'm praying for another one soon!)
Have lots of fun writing him and getting to know him!!! :)

Bev Sykes said...

It sounds like we're all "Compassion hoarders"! Very happy for your addition of Mkapa

Living in Taradise said...

Speaking as someone who has met a child living on less than 8 dollars a month...:) The Lord provides for their needs with a variety of things! For our Charles it is in the form of 2 mango trees shading his yard, a house that Compassion built for him after his burnt down, cassava plants that will sit in the ground for over 6 months without rotting!

steph said...

So exciting...he looks like alot of fun. Hoping to get our second correspondent child anytime...i've been checking my account a few times a day like a little kid- i am a dork!
Congrats to you!

faithlikemustard said...

Funny that you posted this today--I just talked to Compassion this morning about getting some more correspondent kiddos. And the person I talked to? Her name was Michelle. :)

Which part of Tanzania is he from? I wonder if he's in my Happyness's project?

faithlikemustard said...

Funny that you posted this today--I just talked to Compassion this morning about getting some more correspondent kiddos. And the person I talked to? Her name was Michelle. :)

Which part of Tanzania is he from? I wonder if he's in my Happyness's project?

Amy D said...

A friend of mine has a blog titled "Eight is Enough". They are currently adopting #9 from Korea. :-)

Emily said...

Jealous! I contacted them several months ago and still haven't received a correspondence child!

I'm so thankful that this young man has someone in his life who will love him like you will!!!

Junie said...

Michelle, that is great news that you have another correspondence child ! $7.00 a month !?! Oh my, that is so hard to try and comprehend. I know that Mkapa will be blessed to have you writing to him, praying for him and caring about him !!

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