Monday, May 16, 2016

New Photo of Mwongela

I am so behind in posting letters here!  But I do have a new photo of Mwongela today.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

New Kiva Loan

Doreen from Kenya

Doreen is kind-hearted, well organized, honest, industrious and entrepreneurial. She is a mother who makes sure her two children never go to bed hungry. She hails from the Ingaa, Chuka area of Kenya. Doreen never got the opportunity to advance her education and get a white-collar job, but this did not kill her dream of wanting to succeed in life.

Doreen has been doing farming for the past six years. Throughout those years, she has gathered much experience and learned important farming techniques. She practices dairy and mixed farming on her farm and through the profits, she has managed to take care of her family's needs and give her children a good education. Doreen believes that education is the key to success.

She is seeking a loan of KES 150,000 to buy seeds and start horticulture farming on her farm, and also to build a modern dairy unit. Doreen wants to take advantage of favorable weather patterns, a good road network in her village, good soil and a ready market for horticulture products, and reap more profits. Through the loan she will be able to build a modern dairy unit, which will help prevent her cow from harsh weather conditions, and also she will have a humble time milking the cows.

Juhudi Kilimo is partnering with Kiva and Kiva lenders to help hardworking women like Doreen to make their farming dreams come to reality through training and loan financing. She hopes that through the loan, she will improve her living conditions. Doreen’s dreams and projections are that by the end of the second quarter in 2016, she will not only be selling in the local market, but will also be selling in international markets through exporting fruits and vegetables. Through this, she will be able to assure her children a secure future and uninterrupted learning, because she will be able to pay tuition fees on time.

Doreen is not a self-centered woman who only thinks of herself. She will also want to impact positively on society. That is why she will employ people to work for her on her horticulture farm and have an impact on society. Be part of this beautiful dream by helping Doreen with the loan she needs. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Letter from Lavenda

Lavenda is a 10 year old from Kenya.  In this letter (she writes herself in English), she has mistaken something I said and thinks that I hope to become a doctor some day.

 Dear Beverly Sykes,

How are you in United States?  Kenya is good, especially the western part where I live.  Thank you for the letters to me.  I was excited to receive many letters from you  The photos of Lacie's celebration were nice.  I was excited to look at them.

I will also pray for your vision of being a doctor.  I also have that vision.  Let us pray for one another.  We shall meet in a
 big hospital treating people.  Our dream is the same. 

God bless yiou.

Read Psalms 23.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Letters from Emilymuendi and James

Emily sends a form letter about her dreams.  She's 5 years old.

Someday I would like to visit the USA
Someday I would like to meet my sponsor
Someday I would like to see my sponsor family and friends
Someday I would like to do my own business
Someday I would like to help my family to do my home chores
Someday I would like to be like a teacher
Someday I would like to meet my sponsor because of her kindness
When I grow up I would like to be a teacher

Emily says she is well and happy to write to you.  She also thanks you for the photos you shared to her  and also loved to hear how you celebrated during birthday.  Also, thank you for the support you have given to her.

James is 10

Dear Beverly Sykes,

How are you? I hope that you are fine.  Here in Kenya, I am fine with my family.  How is the weather there?  The weather here is cold with little rain at night.  I thank God for everything he has done for me and all of us.

My brother is doing his exams and I would like to ask you to pray for him  We are starting our exams next week and my favourite subject is mathematics, English and (? cbe) and please pray for me so that I can pass the exams  I would like to encourage you to read the book of John 14:5.  God bless you.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Photo of Brayan

I received a new picture of Brayan (Honduras) today.  He is growing into a handsome young man.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Letter from Michael

Michael is 7


My Dreams

Someday I would like to visit Mombasa
Someday I would like to meet My sponsor
Someday I would like to see a leopard
Someday I would like to do artwork
Someday I would like to help my family build a good home
Someday I would like to be like my president
Someday I would like to meet my sponsor because she helps me
When I grow up I would like to be a doctor

Michael greets you in the name of the Lord Jesus.  He says he was grateful for the letters you sent him and he was excited at the picture of koala that you sent him.  Michael is grateful for your support to be in the project.  Recently they were given school shoes which excited him, He says God bless you.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Letter from Lovson

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I feel very happy today to write this letter to you!  How are you and your family?  My family and I are very well.  How is your weather?  It is getting cold in my country.  Thanks for your beautiful pictures. 

I always think of where I sleep.  I sleep with my older brother on the same bed.  my favorite activity with my family is singing beautiful songs about the death of Jesus Christ.  I don't know Sudoku game and we don' have this animal in my country.

I had a good summer time.  I played soccer and dominoes.  We swam in the river.  I ate spaghetti, rice and egg. 

We have pure water in my area, but it is from a spring.  We purify it to drink it. 

Thanks for your beautiful book you sent for me.  Pray for me and my family to always be in good health.  May God bless you abundantly.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Many, many letters...

I am so behind.  There were many letters that arrived while we were on our cruise, and many more that have come between our return and Christmas.  Just too many the post here  I hope to start up again in the new year.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Letter from Brayan

God bless you, Beverly Sykes,

I'm very happy to receive your letters and pictures.  Thank you for sending me pictures of your family.  I'm glad that Briana can play in a concert.  I want to tell you that I don't know what kind of job my mom would like to have because I have never asked her. I will ask her. 

I know a town called El Salio but I haven't seen the water fall.  My mom doesn't let me go out often.

I am glad you are with your granddaughter and having fun with all your grandchildren.  I'm glad that you have been with your husband for 50 years.  I know that I'm a miracle from God and that he watches over me.  Yes, I see the moon sometimes and it is beautiful and yes, we are watching the same moon.  Yes, it must be amazing to watch the earth from the moon.  It must be exciting. 

I like talking a lot and I like to watch TV.  The birthday cake looks beautiful.  I made a cup and it has candy inside and I also made a beautiful card.

We did a lot of activities related to Mother's Day at school.  We sang, said poems and tere were dramas and choreographies.  I want to tell you that I'm in 6th grade and we finished the 3rd partial and I got good grades.  God willing I will start the 4th partial.

Beverly Sykes, how often do you meet with your friends?  What do you like most about your husband?  I will keep praying for you and your family that you can stay together and happy.  I ask you to pray for me that I finish my studies so I can take care of my mother.  I send you hugs and kisses through the distance.  I hope to hear from you soon.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; Defend the rights of the poor and needy." - Proverbs 31:8-9

Monday, December 21, 2015

New Kiva Loan

I decided that I would help someone in the U.S. this time.

Osmiry has been in business for the past two years. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and is the proud owner of JJO Transport LLC, a transportation and trucking business that does long-haul delivery jobs for dry goods.

Osmiry moved to Perth Amboy and quickly obtained her first job as a school bus driver. Osmiry learned about the trucking business from when a friend of hers asked her to fill in as a helper with one of her trucks. After a year of helping, she took a position as a full-time driver. She saved as much as possible in order to purchase her first truck at the beginning of 2015.

Over the last two years, Osmiry has grown her business so that it employs four people, all of whom are proud parents and community members. Her business now contracts with Amazon, and this Kiva loan will help Osmiry put another truck on the road and hire another driver, which will increase the impact her business has on the community. It will also help her business continue to thrive so that she can support her fiance and two children at home.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The New Brasilian in My Life

I belong to a Compassion Sponsors group on Facebook and I periodically see message about people who felt they could not possibly afford to sponsor another child, but then one child just "got" to them and they found a way to make it work.

I was more practical than that, until Adriano appeared on my Facebook page every day.  He's from Brasil, so that immediately tugged at my heart.  He's Brianna's age.  And he's one of the few "first photos" I've seen that is smiling

But I simply could not afford another child.

Then one day his picture was gone and it said that he was "in the process of being sponsored."  I was so pleased that he would have a sponsor since he had been waiting for nearly a year for a sponsor, but I kind of missed seeing his face every day.

But then this morning he was back on my Facebook page, so I guess that sponsorship fell through. And then my latest check came from my new critic job and I realized that in a normal month I would be getting enough each month to pay for one more sponsorship, with a little left over, so I bit the bullet and took on his sponsorship.

The bonus of taking him on as a sponsored child is that his dossier came with a video (which, sadly, I cannot download).  I learned he wants to work in the fire department when he grows up.

I mean...look at that face?  How can you resist?  And he's Brasilian!

Out of curiosity -- I dont think you can but check to see if you can see this video:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Letters from Lavenda, Brightone and Samuel

Lavenda is 10
 Dear Beverly Sykes,

I salute you, my friend Beverly.  I hope you are fine as me.  Thank you for the letters and hotographs.  I have kept them i my folder at home.  I really admired the fact that you have been marriedfor 50 years.

How was Tom's birthday in Santa Barbara?  I pray for them.  You have a beautiful family.  God bless you.  I am surprsed that Brianna plays a guitar.  Tell her that is great.  I love them all.

Read John 14:12-13

Brightone is 9
10th August 2015

Dear Beverly Sykes

Praise God it is another opportunity to thank him for this friendship he has brought us.  How are you?  My family are fine and have sent their greetings to you.  Receive them.

I am doing well at school.  We closed school for the August holidays and I am enjoying my time with my family at home.  I am helping my parents in their household work, particularly preparing our farm for the next planting season.

I was so glad to receive your letters.  Thank you for praying for me and my family.  I loved the pictures you sent too.  I don't mostly speak English, only when I am in school.  I speak Kiswahilli and my vernacular called Luhyia while at home.

My favorite subject at school is science because I learn new interesting things.  Nature is so wide and full of wonders.  It's amazing that God made this wonderful world that we ought to protect it.  I always learn at my compassion project and we recently planted flowers around our project to demonstrate this.

Thank you for encouraging me too. I try to catch up with mathematics at school so really keep praying for me.  God bless you for generosity and support that has seen me through this far.  I always pray for you too.  Till next time, stay blessed.

Your son,

Samuel is 10

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Receive much greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I am fine and doing well in the Lord also.

For now schools have closed and we are nw in our August holiday and I am really enjoying together with my friends, especially in the Church.  I now find myself enjoying sleeping even though I find myself waking as usual for I have been used to this.

Here the weather is very hot and ost of the things we grow should be able to do well in this type of climate, therefore we don't grow blueberries, especially atour place where even the land is very dry.

I also want to thank you for your letters you have been writing to me, for the wonderful photos and the verses of encouragemet.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Letters from Michael and James

Michael is 7

In a form letter about his favorites, Michael says that

His favorite food is rice.
His favorite sort is "Athletic"
His favorite activity is "dramatising"
His favorite color is red
His favorite friend is red
His favorite animal is dog
His favorite hero is his father
His favorite toy is cars

Michael greets you in Jesus name.  He says thanks a lot for your great concern upon my life.  Michael says he enjoys receiving your letters because they are encouraging to him.  He adds that he is doing well with his project work and school work too.  He says he will be happy to get more from you.

James is10

 Hi!  How are you doing?  Here in Kenya, we are doing fine.

My family members are doing well too.  The weather here is cool with little rain at night.

Exams are ongoing in our school and I want you to pray for me so that I pass and be successful.  I would like to encourage you from the book of John 14:6 that says "I am the way, the truth and the life."

I thank God for giving you life and gace.

Yours faithfully,

Monday, September 28, 2015

Letter from Brayan

Brayan is 13
Brayan is my very best letter writer EVER.  What's weird, though, is that the dates of my letters he mentions don't correspond to anything I have on file, though I recognize the things he is answering.

Dear Beverly Sykes,

How are you?  May Lord Jesus fill you with health and strength to keep moving forward. Let me tell you I'm very excited to receive all of your letters that you are so kind to send me. I'll happily answer them.  I'll start with the one dated on February 28.  Let me tell you that my brother Franklin, is 10 years old and we get along really well. We play several games.  My team has done it very well these months.  We haven't played because we are practicing and I'm in school, and I don't have time to play.  I do know soccer in Honduras.  We play it a lot.  Thank you for the  prayers you do for my grandmother.  She does like flowers, she has a garden at home.  Give your husband a hug for me.  I hope he has many more birthdays with lots of will and strength.  My mom cooks a very delicious food.  Thank you for the happy face.

Now I'll go with the letter dated on March 22.  I don't know Limbo's dance.  I would like you to give me more information.  Thank you for the photos you sent me.  The girls look very beautiful.  So do their parents.  It is nice that you are always together.  I heat my food in the stove when my mom is not home.  I've learned to light the fire and to heat my meal. I like cooking fried beans and starry eggs.  That's what I like to eat when my mom is not home.  Thank you for praying for me.

I'll go with the letter dated March 30 now.  Thank you for sending me the Wizard of Oz story and the photo.  I like going to CDC, singing cheerful praises and bible verses that help my spiritual life.  It is nice that even though you have not visited my country you have lots of information about it.  My country is beautiful and nice.  The only bad thing is that there is too much crimes and they kill people without any regrets.

I'll go with the April 6th letter now.  The festivity we have right now is Indian Lempira's Day.  It is a nice celebration because there are many boys and girls that dress up like Indians used to do.  I like it very much.  Thank you for the letter and photos of your mom and your husband.  Give them a kiss for me.  I send greetings to the girls and lots of hugs.

April 29th is next.  Congratulations to Brianna because she lost the tooth.  She seems to be a brave girl.  I encourage her to keep being brave because there are some other kids who cry.  I can imagine a beautiful landscape when you talk about the wild flowers.  We are on winter in Honduras right now.  There are rainy days and sunny days sometimes.  I do think about what I'm going to do the next day. I sleep at my mom's house.  I sleep with my brother Franklin.  Thank you for the Bible text, Jeremiah 29:11 and also for Brianna's photo.

May 22nd letter.  My family and I are healthy.  Thank you for Amy's story.  It seems that she fought for the boys and girls who suffered.  Thank you for Amy's and for India's country photos.

May 26th letter.  Thank you for the photos you sent me.  Let me tell you that there is a variety of ladybugs here in Honduras and I like seeing  them because there are many trees and grass here where I live.  You look so relaxed in the hoto.  It seems that you really like playing the guitar (I sent a picture of Ned playing the guitar...earlier he thought Ned was Walt).  I would like t know what your favorite color is.  What is your favorite animal?  What date of the year is special for you?  I always keep you in my prayers.  May God bless you with lots of health and joy.  I ask you to pray for me because I'll graduate from the 6th grade this year. I hope it is pretty and special for my family.  I wish with all my heart that God bless you every day by your family's side.  Goodbye.

He also sent maybe the best drawing I've received from any of the kids.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Kiva Loan

Sidi, Kenya
Sidi is married and has four children all of whom attend school. She owns a house that neither has electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are food and school fees.

For the past five years, she has owned a food stall business, for neighbours and town dwellers. She faces a major challenge of fluctuations in number of clients hence perishable of goods leading to losses.

With the Kshs 50,000 she wants to purchase stock of goods like sugar, rice, maize and wheat flour and cooking fat oil. She dreams of expanding to a modern café in the business

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Letter from Miché

Miché is 12

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I am very happy to write this letter to you.  How are you and your family going?  And your activities?  As for me, everything is going well, thanks to God.

Beverly, I was glad to receive your most recent letter and photos.  I especially liked the photo you took in the hairdressing room.  You look like our resident Michel Joseph Martelly.

Yes, I always take care of the place I sleep in.  I sleep in the waiting room.  I sleep alone.  I didn't use to hear about Limbo dance.

Beverly, please continue to pray for me and my family.  Also pray for my education and for the activities of the Center.  Me, I'll be praying for your activities to go well.  I pray the Lord blesses you.

Monday, September 7, 2015

First Letter from Joham

Joham is 11

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I greet you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you very much for the letters you sent.  Honestly, I was very happy to read your letters and to see you in pictures.  I always wanted that moment to come.

Thanks to God, my family and I are doing fine.  In my country there are black and red lady bugs.  I also want to tell you that in May will celebrate Mother's Day.  It is a beautiful day to have pleasant moments together.  i also want to tell you that in June we celebrate Father's Day.  Every day I thank God for the privilege to live with my parents.  Just as it happens to you, I can imagine myself opening a box filled with many ladybugs.  I think I could have fun seeing t hem on top of each other.  It is possible that I could play with them.

My next school break will be in December.  when I have a school break I spend time with my family and neighborhood friends.  I am very happy to know that Brianna is learning to play the guitar.  I encourage her to continue to move forward.  I want to tell you that I have four sisters whose names are Claudia (25 years old), Johana (22), Diana (18), and Yeraldin (17).  I also want to tell you that I am participated in a soccer tournament with my classmates from the Child Development Center (CDC).

How are you?  How is everything going in your community?  I want to ask you to pray for the well being of my famly.  I pray for you and for yours.  May God bless you.

I say goodbye, giving you Psalm 128 1-2.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Disturbing News

I received the following note from Compassion:

Unfortunately, I need to make you aware of an error that has been made. We have discovered that the two children you recently agreed to write to are not available for correspondence. This includes El Woodsen xxx and Cristal xxx. 

Compassion must be having a huge headache right now because dozens and dozens of sponsors have written to the Facebook site about the children they lost in this error.  One woman lost THIRTY THREE children!

I have written 8 letters to each of these children, but so far had heard nothing from either, so this isn't a huge loss for me, but I feel sorry for those who had already established a relationship with their kids.  I will eventually get two more kids to write to.



Friday, August 28, 2015

Letter from Fred

Fred is 11

May 19, 2015

Dear Auntie Sykes,

Christian Greetings.  How are you?  Hope and pray that God will fine in your life.  By the way, what is the most difficult subject of Brianna?

Last April 27-30 we have juniors camp.  Our theme is stand up for Jesus.  I learned many things about God.  Lots of games and every night we have group competition.  This coming June I will also be in Grade six.  I"m so excited to see all my classmates, so please pray for m health and my studies.  God bless!