Monday, January 21, 2013

Mail Call Monday!

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


I know that content here at Blogging from the Boonies has been lacking lately as I have been reevaluating my focus and time management. It is hard for me to find balance, sometimes and I wonder how much impact I am having with the time I devote to various ministries.

Still, I enjoy sharing bits from the letters that arrive in my mailbox. This last month has been so wonderful, with letters coming every few days!

This week, we heard from Onen, the young man from Uganda that is sponsored by our church!



In his introductory letter, we learned the names of his family members and best friend.  He also shared things like favorite subject, favorite food, favorite game and so on.

Onen shares that he would like to visit America because it is a beautiful country. I can’t help but wonder if he will visit one day!

On the back, there is a drawing of a church with a rainwater collection container that is beneath a gutter downspout.


I think Onen is pretty talented! In the letter written on the back, Onen shares that he enjoys drawing with his friend, Brian.

I was inspired to make simple drawing books for Onen and his friend.  I used cardstock for a front and back cover and put 20 sheets of copy paper in between.  I had to use our heavy duty stapler, but I managed to hold each book together with three staples as a binding.  If the boys are anything like my girls, they’ll go through the paper pretty quickly, so I may have to send more drawing books soon!


I was also shocked to receive another letter from Obwini Stephen, the young man that is co-sponsored by members of the BFTB community. We had recently received our introduction letter from him, so it was surprising to receive another letter so soon!

Based on the letters we have received from Kwagala Deborah and Obwini, I have to say that the teens from Uganda seem to be so sweet, kind and loving.

Tears came to my eyes when I read the letter. In one of the first letters to Obwini, I had shared that my mother in law lives with us and that her husband passed away.

I’ve received the letter you send to me, Sorry may his life rest in peace and let us pray god will comfort us with His peace and love…. Let God hold us for that sad news and let us pray for her peace.”

The tender words of condolences remind me that these children have the ability to bring comfort to us, as much as we can for them.

Obwini also shared that he hopes to take a course in electronics installation and it is good to know that he is learning a trade in school.

With the financial gift that we sent just after sponsoring him, Obwini was able to buy a goat “and now they are five of them”.  Goats are a good way to provide meat and milk as well as income.

All in all, we’ve received nine letters in this past month and I have been so happy to read and learn more about our Compassion family around the world!

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!