Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy Dances and Heart Break

In the last couple of weeks, we have been blessed with Happy Dance inducing Happy Mail from some of our Compassion International children. I won’t lie. I go to the mailbox every day, hoping to find one of those cream colored envelopes that says, “Message from your Sponsored Child”. If I find one stashed among the bills and junk mail, I have been known to bounce and squeal and dance right on the side of our country road.

Recently, we received a letter from our Bertille in Burkina Faso.

BertilleFace The letter was written at the beginning of October and took about 8 weeks to get here. An excerpt:

“What a joy for me to write you this letter. How are you doing? I’m doing well, my family too. Thank you for your letters. I go to the center once per week with my friends – Olivia, Rebecca and Samuel. Thank you for the pictures of Nico, Kaya and Luna. They are beautiful! The flag of the USA is nice. We have started the activities of Christmas. How do your daughters prepare for Christmas. Please pray so they days can be well.”

We also received a letter from Rodrigo in Bolivia.

RodrigoFace This letter took about nine weeks to get to us. I think that all of the activity that goes on around the Christmas season may slow down the mail a bit.

“I greet you in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for the letters and photos you sent. I read them with my family and I am happy. Vacations are coming and Todos Santos (Day of the Dead) too. I will make Tantawawas (bakery for the festivities of Todos Santos) I am happy because vacations will start soon and I’ll go on a trip. I go out with my sisters every Saturday and we play in the park. I send greetings to your family and hugs. May God bless you and take care of you. With love, Rodrigo.”

Just yesterday, we received a letter from our 16 year old Johan in India.

JohanFaceThe letter is full of lovely details, but I am sure you will see where the heart-break comes in.

“A best wishes and warm greetings from your son Johan in the sweet name if Jesus Christ. By the grace of God and with your prayers I am fine and I hope the same with you.

I come to school every day on time. In devotion class I leanr new songs to praise the Lord. When I learn memory verses I feel happiness and enjoy. I attend church every Sunday.

I went to Taljhari to attend youth camp with my younger sister. I learned many good things, memory verses and skits.

In these days, my father has become mad. So we are worrying and quarreling every day. Please pray for my father.

What is your job? What is happening in your home? Please tell me! Then I write off my letter. I shall be praying for you always. Yours Lovingly, Johan.”


My heart is aching for Johan and the strife in his home. I know that their recent crops didn’t do well due to issues with rain, which has got to bring some level of stress to the household. There aren’t food stamp and social services as a safety net in India. While Compassion can help with supplimentary food to a certain extent, I imagine that his father has a lot of weight to bear right now. I do hope that the Family Gift we sent recently can help them with their needs.

If you could, please take a minute to pray for Johan’s household. Let us pray for peace and love to reign within the walls of the home.

Speaking of prayers, God is doing amazing things! Out of the nine children from GH220 that I was praying would find sponsors, most of them have!! There are two girlies still available and I would be so happy if they were able to find sponsors today!




Emmanuella (Now sponsored!)

Samuel (now sponsored!)

Please, will you consider stepping up to sponsor on of these beautiful girls?


faithlikemustard said...

Oh, how I love those letter! Praying for Johan right now...

Lana said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog! I will definitely be praying for Johan and his family! I just wanted to tell you that I have read so much of your blog and what an inspiration you are! I've always tried to send my sponsored child letters and I've sent a few things, but everyday life seems so busy that (in the past) I haven't written as much as I like. This year I am making it my priority to do better! I have a package waiting to be mailed right now! I have also used your idea of creating a binder with my child's letters, info, and a paper where I can jot down about what I have written! Thank you for being an inspiration!

Our Family for His Glory said...

It is always so precious to receive letters from those special kids- isn't it!? Thank-you for sharing about these precious ones!

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Living in Taradise said...

Praying for Johan! I have been longing to receive a letter! It has been far too long...but I get to see two of them so soon!!!

Amy D said...

I read this earlier, but couldn't comment, because the word verification doesn't show up on an Ipod. It seems I have been doing all my reading that way lately. I will say a prayer for Johan. <3 You are very blessed to get so many letters and I am not the teensiest bit envious. (I am a whole lot envious though!)

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