Monday, January 7, 2013

Mail Call Monday!

Several Mondays each month, Compassion International sponsors link up to share the news from their sponsored children around the world.

In this past week, we were blessed to hear from a number of our beloved Compassion children!

Reciprocal Kenya letters seem to be coming, based on our experience and what I am hearing from other sponsors.  While we heard from Alice in Kenya the previous week, we also received a letter from Ncheshia last Wednesday.

While a project staff member wrote the letter for Ncheshia, the information filled the entire front of the writing sheet. He opened by telling us that he was very excited to be able to talk with his very good friends and he passes love and greetings to us.

He thanked us for our letters that we’ve sent to him and added that “Kaya and Luna look wonderful in the pictures.” This brought big smiles to both of my girls!

Ncheshia tells us that December brings hot and dry weather to his region. He shares that he is preparing for his exams in school and is working hard so that he might go on to the next grade.

Then, Ncheshia tells us that he is taking guitar lessons at his project and that he hopes to be a good guitarist some day.

I love that Compassion shares skills like this with the children. When a child learns something like this, their confidence and self-worth can grow and help them tackle other things in their lives.

In a past letter, I had told Ncheshia that we were going over the book of Daniel in church and I asked if he knew what happened after Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den.

“He has heard this story from his Sunday school teacher and he adds that Daniel was not eaten by the lions thanks to God’s protection.”

Ncheshia closes his letter with love.  Like our Alice in Kenya, Ncheshia seems like he enjoys telling us more about his life. Over the years, I think we will have a chance to really get to form a relationship with our children in Kenya!

On Saturday, we received another letter from our Rodrigo in Bolivia.

Rodrigo tells us that he is doing well in school and he is working hard to get ready for his third quarter testing. He says that his teacher is very good and that he is working on division with two numbers currently. Rodrigo goes on to tell us that the Bible verses we send to him are very good and that he also learns them in church.

We’re told about Rodrigo’s soccer team that he has formed with his brothers and I can’t help but wonder if he uses the soccer ball we were able to send him last year when a friend travelled to Bolivia.

In school, Rodrigo is excited for an upcoming exposition of the traditional foods in La Paz.  Just like any growing boy, an event centered around food is sure to be a favorite!

Rodrigo closes the letter by telling us that he thanks us very much for all of the letters we send to him and he sends his love.

Today, I found a first letter from our Magid in Ghana.

Written on the form letter stationary, which I am not a huge fan of, we learned a little bit about our young man from Ghana. Things like the names of family members, favorite colors, favorite toy and favorite pet were shared on the front. The answers were filled in by a project staff member.

I also noticed that, under “Child’s Name” on the back, the spelling is listed as “Majid” which may shed some light on how we should pronounce it.  I had been using a hard “g” but it might be more of a soft “g” instead.

Also today, we received the packet for our newest correspondence child, the lovely Uwera from Rwanda.

 

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When Compassion announced the need for correspondents on their Facebook page, I volunteered to take on some new children.  What a blessing to have three new children added to our family in December!

What about you? Did you receive any letters from your sponsored children recently? If so, please feel free to share in the comment section or by joining our Mail Call link-up below!

If you join in on the Mail Call, please be sure to tell your readers that you’re linking up with Blogging From The Boonies’ Mail Call Monday and link back to this post! You’re free to grab the Mail Call image at the top of this post as well!

Also, if you participate in Mail Call Monday, I am also going to ask that you visit at least one other participant and read and comment on their post! Thank you!

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