Saturday, August 1, 2015

Letter from Leniel

23/5/15

Leniel (age 8) sends a form letter telling me about his favorite things. (This is a duplicate form to one he sent in June, but the letter part is different.)

Favorite food:  Fried Chiken  [sic]
Favorite color:  Blue
Favorite animal:  Horse
Favorite activity:  TV

Hello how are you doing?  I'm doing well and I love pizza and pepperoni.  Do you like pizza?  I have a cousin who is a policeman.  I like flying kites.  We've had a snowstorm.

Thank you for your letter.

Leniel

Friday, July 31, 2015

Letter from Brayan

20/6/15

Blessings Beverly Sykes,

I'm very happy to have received your letter and I'm sending you one back.  My mom and I are with good health.  I want to thank you for the letters and pictures you have sent me.  My favorite holiday is Mother's Day.  At school we do handicraft for our mothers.  we also do plays for them.  At this moment I'm doing well.  Here in my country there are no snowstorms and I haven't seen snow, only through your pictures.  It seems it is a boy in the pictures.  I send the best regards to your husband and a hug at the distance.  It's very nice to see that everything you do, you do it together.

Best regards to your friend Sonia, and I hope you continue to be friends forever and you keep painting your drawings.

Which month snows where your daughter lives?  Which is the sunniest month?  You are always in my prayers, and also your family.  I ask you to pray for me.  I'm in the 6th grade and it's my last elementary grade and I want to have good grades and graduate.  I'll await your answers.

Brayan Josue

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Letter from Briana

30/05/15

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I am very happy to write this letter to you in order to answer your interesting questions.  How are you and your family?  How are your activities?  Psalms 1 contains many good things that prevent you from falling into any Satan pit.

Yes I know Joseph story.

I am fine today, thanks to God.  Yes I heard about snowstorm before in Canada, where my older foster brother lives.  Yes, I dance tango.  It is one of my favorite dances following Rap dance.  I enjoy cooking.  I have been taught by mom.  My favorite food is rice and beans; beef and macaroni.  It tastes good.  I hoe you already taste it.  It is a succulent dish.

On the same occasion I wish you a Happy Mother's Day.  I encourage you to read Job story to increase your faith.

I leave you here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Letter from Annie Rose

May 30, 2015

Dear Auntie Beverly Sykes,

Hello!  Good day!  How are you?  For me, I'm fine.  I'm on grade 5.  June 1, our school class will be [pa?] start.  I am very much excited to see my friends and classmates.

You know, Auntie, our place still was so hot.  Some grass are wilted, those small creek are waterless.

Auntie, even  you don't have hair, you still look pretty.  But it look like a man also.

This time I cook viand like fried egg and noodles.  I want to cook a vegetables but my mother did not allow me.  She's start to teach me how to cook vegetables.  I keep watching and familiarizing for the procedure

Auntie thank you very much for continuing helping an support my studies.  It help so much to me and my family.  I pray always that you will getting better and safe by our God protection.  Not only for you but for all your families.  Thank you and God bless.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 12:1
To accept correction is wise; to reject it is stupid.

Love,
AnnieRose

Friday, July 17, 2015

Letter from Lavenda

18/6/2015

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I am fine n the Lord.  How are you?  We have opened school for second term and I am learning well.  Than you for your continuous suport and encouragement.

Thanks also for your letter.  I laughed when Bri could not understand the dance rules and crawled on her belly.

I can cook well.  My mum taught me to cook and I enjoy cooking rice and bananas.  I also enjoy being with my family, like you.

I am in grade six and my favorite subject is English.  I would like to be a doctor.  Please pray for my vision.

I like the book of Genesis and the story of Abraham.  Do you have a favorite story?

I wish you blessed stay with your grannies.

Goodbye
Love,
Lavenda

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bittersweet news

I received the sad (for me) news that Shallon, from Uganda has left the program. I have been her sponsor for 5 years now.  She started out as a correspondence child and when her sponsor dropped her, I took on her sponsorship.

She was one of my better letter writers, a deep thinker.  When I first got to know her, she wanted to become a teacher, but family health problems forced her out of class for several months while she earned money during her sister's illness.  She went back to school, but in a program to teach her how to be a hairdresser.  She is now 22 and too old for the program and she wants to open her own business.

I will be getting a goodbye letter from her in a month or two (I've been told it's in the pipeline), but she no longer appears on my list of sponsored children.

I made the graphic above here, and printed it in a 5x7 glossy to send to her in my own goodbye letter.

However, they offered me a my choice of a new child and I chose Edilsar, from Mexico.  He's 12 years old and lives near Chiapas.  I don't know much about him yet, but I am his third sponsor in three years and in that time he has received only one letter, so I will make sure we rectify THAT situation right away.

I also chose someone from Mexico in the hope that our Mexican daughter, Marie, might at some time be able to take a package to him for me, but since her family lives closer to Mexico City and he lives in the far southeast, I don't think that will happen.  (Kind of like saying "Oh, you're going to New York, can you drop this package off for my cousin in San Francisco...")

But I look forward in getting to know him.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Letter from Brightone

10 April 2015

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Accept Easter greetings from me.  I hope this letter finds you well kept in the Lord Jesus.  I am fine together with my family members who have said hi. I am excited to write of you and it was such an encouraging moment to receive the lettes you sent me.  Yes, here in Kenya we live with our families in houses.  I live with my grandmother and my siblings.

I enjoy going to school, thanks to your support.  I am now in Grade 2 and my school is called Mayenje Primary School.  I love being with my classmates.  My deskmates in my class are Evans and Victa.  We help each other to do assignments before we go to play.

Yes, I enjoy drawing too.  I also like colouring and playing with toys.  I draw houses, people, domestic animals and colour them.  I hope you enjoy the ones in this letter.

Easter was with us we remembered the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  For us we sang praise songs to acknowledge God's love for us.  How did you celebrate Easter in your church?  Thank you for your letters, pictures, and support towards me.  I also pray for you.  God bless you.  Good bye!

from Brightone

Monday, June 29, 2015

Letter from Emmanuella

28/04/15

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I thank you for your letters and prayers you have been giving to me.  Your letters bring joy to me any time I read them.  God bless you.

Yes, I did well in my exams and I don't know the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.  Yes, I know blizzard but I haven't experienced some before.  Yes, I like to eat PawPaws.

I am reading a storybook titled "The Wicked Stepmother" and I am gaining a lot of lessons from it.  [I wonder what lessons she is learning from THAT book!]

How did you celebrated your Easter?

I pray that God will protect you from the hands of the devil and provide you all your needs.  Pray tat God will help me end this academic year successfully.

Memory Verse:  Romans 6:23 -- for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Letter from Lovson

27/04/2015

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I greet you with Jesus Christ's love!  How are you and your family?  My family and I are very well, thanks to God.  How is the weather in your country?  It's very hot here.

My project organized a program during the Eastertime last Aril 6.  We had lots of fun.  We were taught songs on the death of Jesus Christ and we ate lots of food.

I was very glad to get the letter you sent me and so were all my family.

The reason our signature is August is because Mom's is August and Dad's is August, so we get it from God.

Why were you very bad at math?  I'd like to become an engineer because there is lots of water in my area.  I'd like to exploit it.  [I wonder if "exploit" is the word he means!]

I want you to know that I know the story of Joseph with his colorful coat.

God bless you!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Letter from Shallon

Dear Beverly Sykes.,

How are you, dear?

Let me thank God who has given me this golden chance to say hey to you.  Praise God.  I thank God for that.

My family members are greeting you and your family members like Jeri, Ned, and Brianna.

My mother, I am praying to God such that I can get a job and start doing my work because I have finished my course in salooning. [I think she means "saloning," since she was studying hair cutting]

I thank you for your letters and everything you gave to me, like calendar.

You asked how we cook cabbages.  We first cut them in small pieces and then we cook them.

When someone dies, we celebrate the years he/she had.  We also sing church songs and pray for them that God receives them.

I have also seen Mike's photo.  Sorry about his loss.

My mother, don't worry about your good friend Mike.  God is there.  May he rest in internal peace.  Read from Exodus 14:14.  [The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.]

Also, we are in wet season.  How far with the snow I saw it in the letter how it was covering cars and roads.

I hope you are now okay and doing your work.

As for this year, I believe it's holding a lot for us.  Because even the bible says that that comes our way with a thankful heart.  I believe I will be able to earn a living and look after myself.

Otherwise, may God bless you!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Letters from Mwongela and Emilymueni

Be still my heart!  I have finally heard from the last two children of the "Kenya 7" They both sent form letters about their school.  First Mwongela...

06/05/15

I am in baby class.  My school is one and a half km from my house.   The name of my school is St. Patrick's Ngomana.  I go to school by foot.  The color of my uniform is orange and green.  My class teacher's name is Mrs Kilomo.  My best friend in school is Muteti Junior.  The games we play in school are football and chasing.  The other activities in school this term are athletics and drama.  What I like best about my school is playing and writing.  My favorite subject in school is number work.  After school, I like to become a policeman.

Mwongela passes his greetings hoping that you are doing good, together with your family.  He says his family is well too.

He says thank you for the letter you sent him.  He says he likes drawing animals.  He also says that he likes the picture of your friend and you, that you look nice.

He says bye for now and may God bless you.

 06/05/15

I am in pre-school.  My school is 1.5 km from my house.  The name of my school is Ndula pre-school.  I go to school by foot.  The color of my school uniform is light green.  My class teacher's name is Mrs Monicah.  My best friend in school is Mumbi.  The games we play in school are games and athletics.  The other activities in school this term are cleaning.  What I like best about my school is it's neat and well arranged.  My favorite subject in school is English.  After school, I like to scooter.

Emily says she likes dogs.  Dogs stay with families at home.  She thanks you for the photos.  She says she hopes to see you without any hair and would like to meet you.  She says in Kenya we do not experience blizzards in our place.  She wishes you a good time as you serve the Lord through others.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Letter from Annie Rose

Annie Rose is one of my best writers.  She sounds like a very upbeat child and I've never seen a photo of her where she wasn't smiling.

March 31, 2015

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Hello, Auntie!  How are you there Auntie?  And also your family.  How are they?  For me here, I'm fine together with my family.

I finished my grade 4 level and last March 26,2015 was our closing.  I joined our dance presentation.  Summer starts in our place and it is too hot, Auntie.  I'll stay at home.  I help my mother in her house chores.  After my work I just listening of music.

Auntie, I'm not yet know and heard about blizzard because we're not experienced about it.  But I wish to see on it.  I wanted to go a place whose have a season like a snow and like have a blizzard.

Love,
Annie Rose

Verse:  Mark 11:10
"God bless the one who comes of our ancestor David.  Hooray for God in heaven above.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Letters from Wainaina, Leniel, and Samuel

Wainaina (Erick) had a breakthrough in the last few letters, where he is starting to write actual letters that aren't just full of the same rhetoric every time.  I loved this letter.  (It helps that he writes in English)

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Hello!  I hope you are doing good  Well, I am so happy today to write  this letter to you.  You know, I like reading books of the old times because of the history and information they contain.  As I was reading a certain poem, I came across a saying that says, "Maybe God wants us to meet a wrong few people before meeting the right ones so that when we finally meet the right person we would know how to be grateful for that gift."  Though many of us find it difficult to accept the fact which is happenng in our daly life, maybe God had/has a reason for the to hapen.

I hope that you and your family are well and safe.  I am so happy today because every day in my life is always bright as a saying that says, "it always takes a smile to make a dog's day brighter."

How was your Easter?  I hope you had the best times ever because mine was fantastic.  I hope to receive more letters soon.

Love,
Erick (the first time he has signed his name Erick and not the more formal Wainaina)

Samuel is 9 and also from Kenya:

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Samuel greets you in the name of the lord.  He says he is doing well and he trusts the same applies to you.

He says he appreciates you as his sponsor and keeps on praying for you that God may keep you safe and bless you with long life.

Samuel says he recently celebrated the Easter and asks "did you also celebrate your Easter?"  He says in the project they celebrate the holiday by singing, dancing and praying and also eating some sweets.

Samuel thanks you for your letter and also for the stickers.  "God bless you, my sponsor," he concludes.

Leniel is in the Dominican Republic, and is 8.  He sends a fill in the blank form.

My favorite food is fried chicken.
My favorite color is blue
Other - my favorite animal is a horse
My favorite thing to do is watch TV

Hello Dear Beverly Sykes,

How are you?  I thank you for the letters you send me and also for the books.  I am going to the country this Easter.  I don't know anybody who has turned 100 years old.  I haven't met a pirate. 

My family and I are doig well.  There are no sunflowers.  I enjoy being with my family.  Do you have any animals at home?

Leniel

Monday, June 8, 2015

Letters from Lavenda and Michael

 21/03/2015

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Receive much greetings fro me.  I hope you are fine in Christ.  I am also doing fine.  I thank you for the letters that you have given to me  They were so nice and I love the pictures that you sent for me.  I also love dogs and happy that you rear them at your home.  I don't have them at home, but my neighbour has them.  They also guide us at home during the night.

I am also happy to see the pictures of your family members and am happy to hear more about your family.  I also have a grandmother who lives with us in the same compound.  My grandfather has died and we are preparing to bury him.  Please pray for my family and my grandmother who has lost her husband.

God bless you and greet.

Yours,
Lavenda

From Michael is a form letter which starts with blanks to fill in about his school:

10/April/2015

I am in one (grade).  My school is one kilometer from my house.  The name of my school is Burumba Primary School.  I go to school by foot.  The color of my school uniform is grey.  My class teacher's name is Madam Shallon. My best friend in school is Joseph Owuor.  The games we play in school are football hide and seek.  The other activities in this term are sports.  What I like best about my school is we go for sport competition every term . My favorite subject in school is mathematics.  After school I like to read story books.

Michael says hello to you.  He says he is grateful that God has enabed him to share with you through this letter.  Michael says he got your last letter and was happy to hear from youy.  He says he likes drawing wild animals.  Michael says he has just celebrated Easter.  He says during Easter celebrations in Kenya, Christians spent most of the time in the church.  He asks how do you celebrate Easter in your country?

Michael says God bless you so much.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Letter from Brightone

Wow...big letter mail today.  And all three were good letters.


Brightone writes in ENGLISH!

10/4/15

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Accept Easter greetings from me.  I hope this letter finds you well kept in the Lord Jesus.  I am fine together with my family members who have said hi.  I am excited to write of you and it was such an encouraging moment to receive the letters you sent me.  Yes, here in Kenya we live with our families in houses  I live with my grandmother and my siblings.

I enjoy going to school, thanks to your support.  I am now in grade 2 and my school is called Mayenje Primary School.  I love being with my classmates.  My deskmates in my class are Evns and Victa.  We help each other to do assignments before we go to play.

Yes, I enjoy drawing too.  I also like colouring and playing with toys.  I draw houses, people, domestic animals and colour them.  I hope you enjoy the ones in this letter.

Easter was with us and we remembered the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  For us we sang praise songs to acknowledge God's love for us.  How did you celebrate Easter in your church?

 Thank you for your letters pictures and support towards me.  I also pray for you.  God bless you.  Goodbye!

From Brightone.


Letter from James

James also writes in English.

12/04/15

Dear Beverly Sykes

Hallo!  How are you?  I hope you are fine.  I am fine together with my family in the Lord.  I am grateful to God for giving me a friend like you to be my sponsor.  May the almighty God bless you.  Thanks for your letter.  I received it and it was really fun.  I enjoyed it as I hope you will enjoy mine too.

I am happy to inform you that I did well in my exam.  I was position 5 in my class and I thank God for that.

What is your favorite pet animal?

Please pray for me to continue doing good in school.  Please read from the book of Galatians 2:22.  Be blessed.

Yours faithfully,
James

Letter from Divine

4/21/15

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Your child, Divine, greets you in the name of Jesus and she is doing well together with her family, even though her siblings were suffering from malaria some days ago.  Her brother was bit by a dog.  She wants to be a medical doctor.

She has 70% marks.  They've started the 2nd term and she is deetermined to study hard.  She happily celebrated Easter day.  she was dressed in a new dress and so beautiful.  She sang in choir and rejoiced with her fellows over the resurrection of Jesus.

She wishes you the peace of God.  She thanks you for your 3 letters and the picturesyou sent.  They pleased her so much.  She keeps looking at the pictures.  What about Sonia?

We don't have dogs here.  the weather is now moderately rainy here and it's so nice.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Letter from Brayan

Brayan from Honduras is officially my very best letter writer!

Dear Beverly Sykes,

How is your health?  I hope you are well.  I thank you for all the letters you have sent me and I am very happy to reply.  It is so nice you are so attentive to your family and God will bless you more because you are helping your cousin.  Dogs are very loving when one treats t hem well and your cousin, it shows that she loves them very much.  Also thank you for all the photos in the name of Jesus.  Carolyn and her husband they will be in better health. The Lord Jesus is our best doctor that we could have.

In my country, Honduras, it is not too cold just when we are in winter.  At the time being it is very hot because we are in summer.  I feel very sad that in this season so many forests are on fire and nobody does anything and I am too young and my mom gets concerned if I go somewhere too dangerous.

It is nice that you are happy to help your cousin.  God will reward you so much in your mother's health and your cousin's too.  I will keep praying for your famiy and also for your cousin so it is God who does the miracle and also on your husband.

In my country of Zambrano there are many assistances, health centers, schools, kindergartens, CDC, churches, the community organization, several clinics, high schools.  There is someone who takes the mail. At the CDC Sister Jenny is the one responsible who is from the sponsorship and she takes it to Tegucigalpa to the Compassion offices.  In Zambrano there is no veterinarian yet but in Tegucigalpa there is.  There are people who take care of animals.  There a re people who pick up rash too in my town.  They clean the plaza and other places in town.  You are better prepared than our countr.  You are much better in assistance.

Greetings to Brianna and luck in the play.  I did not know what bowling was, but with the explanation you gave me, I understood and I will practice it to learn it very well.  Thank you for the explanation of bowling.  It is good that Brianna knows how to play it and she can teach it to others.  It is important. In my town in Zambrano there is no special place tobowl, but we play pretend with my friends.  In my town there are billiards and m mom says it is bad and I should not play it.

I would like to know what kind of checkup was your mother getting with the doctor?

What is the name of the tree that is in the snow?

I will continue to pray for your life and also for your family's.  I ask you to pray for me and also for my mom so she can have a permanent job.  She struggles with all her strength for us to be well.

God bless you always and your family.  May you receive much health from the Lord Jesus.  Until next time and thank you for your photos and letters.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Letter from Theresa

Theresa sends a form letter and then someone at her center writes a letter for her, which is kind of weird, in spots, when she answers my questions.

I get water from the tap
My house is made of mud
The floor of my house is made of earth
The roof of my house is made of tin
Do I have electricity in my house?  Yes
Thank you for your letter and sponsrship.
Child's prayer request:  Theresa wants you to tank the lord for her life.

I would like you to know more about my house:  Theresa's mother makes palm oil from palm fruits in their house.

Theresa says they grow food and vegetables for the family and also sell to get money.  She said no, because she has not seen some before (I am guessing this is in reference to my asking her if she had ever seen snow...but I'm not sure!)  

Theresa said she is doing well.  She said she do not know what is bowling.  She said the helpers they have in her community are the only health center.  She said it only happen a while which she did not know it was earthquake.  She said no.  She has never experienced any of them.

Theresa said Ghana is very hard and struggling.

Friday, May 29, 2015

And Cristal Makes 30

I realized that I had 29 kids, a combination of sponsored and correspondence kids and thought it should be an even number, so I asked for one more correspondence child.  Today, I was assigned Cristal from Guatemala, who is the same age as Brianna.

She lives in the coastal community of San José El Idolo, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Cakchiquel.

She lives with both of her parents, who are both employed as church workers.

Her hobbies include
  • Dolls
  • Group games
  • Play house
  • Jacks
  • Running
  • Other ball games
I look forward to getting to know her.