Yesterday, I was so thrilled to get one of those coveted cream envelopes in my mailbox. As I slowly tore it open, I noticed a staple in the corner and had a moment of anticipation, hoping that it meant that a photo was attached to the letter. It WAS!
In September, we sent a $25 gift to Bertille in Burkina Faso. Bertille turned 9 in November and we always try to send birthday gifts at least 2 months early to allow for travel time. I am amazed at what our children are able to buy with the monetary gifts we send.
Yishak in Ethiopia used our $25 birthday gift to purchase a goat.
Precious in Ghana was able to have a birthday party with her friends with the $25 we sent the first year we sponsored her. She also bought books, paints, a dress, shoes, sponge, toothpaste and a toothbrush. All of that with just $25!
Last year with the $25 birthday gift, Precious purchased a backpack, shoes, clothing and biscuits to share with her friends.
Last year, our former Correspondence Child, Yolanda in Guatemala bought clothing, a wool bedspread and shoes with her $25 birthday gift.
While we don’t have pictures, our other children were able to buy a bicycle, clothing, warm coats and other great things with the $25 birthday gifts we’ve sent.
Photos make me so very happy, though. I was grinning ear to ear to receive this beautiful photo of Bertille with her birthday gifts.
Wow, $25 really went far! Bertille received a new water jug, a jar of something (possibly dry milk or peanut butter) and at least a dozen saplings. A friend on Facebook suggested that they are probably Shea trees, which grow really well in Burkina Faso. I just love her beautiful grin! Bertille’s father has passed away and the letter says that Bertille and her mother are so blessed by this gift. I pray that the trees grow and thrive and produce well for them. I am happy to know that Bertille has a clean and sturdy container to carry water. I keep looking at the photo of this beautiful girl and feel such a sense of gratitude to be able to reach out and help. It can be so easy to frivolously spend $25 here or there, but it can also be used to make a real impact.
As a side note, I want to thank you all again for the prayers and messages of support I have received since my post on Monday. This week has been a tough one but your love and encouragement means so much. I’d like to say that I have been convinced, once again, of the power of prayer. I cannot get into details at this moment, but something pretty incredible happened yesterday that really illustrates the idea that prayer works. Sorry to be vague, but I hope to be able to spill some details tomorrow. :)