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.
“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.
“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.
“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?