Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Kids

I've added 4 new kids over the past month or so.

When the call went out for sponsorship for "older kids" who are more difficult to place, I thought I'd just take a look.

I just checked on this photo of a girl in Tanzania.  She was 14 and one of the oldest in the group.  I had NO intention to sponsor another child because I just could not afford it.

But her name was Eunice.  Eunice Gilbert.  That was like a message from the grave.  How could I turn my back on a child named Gilbert?  So I agreed to sponsor her.  I don't know how, but somehow I'll do it.

Then there are three new correspondence sponsored kids.

 Rifaldi from Indonesia
 Joham from Colombia
and Woodsen from Haiti

Got my work cut out for me with all these new kids to get to know, but I know it will be worth it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A wonderful letter from Anjali

Anjali was my first sponsored child in 2009 and now has become one of my best letter writers.  She is 12 now.


Dear Beverly Sykes,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Ireceived your letters.  I am very happy that.  How are you?  How is your family members?

Thank you for you send your friends photo.  But I am very sad about this news.  I pray for your friend Mike's soul and also I pray for Char's health and her five children's health.  God has given you all needs for your friend Mike and Char's family.

I am very happy are you seen the world leaders' photos.  I am very happy because your sons adults have a own children.  God has chosen what is the best for your adults own children  I pray for your cousin's health.

We celebrated Christmas very happily.  I am very happy because are you celebrate the Christmas very enjoyful.  Thank you for you send Walt's sister photo.  My favourite Christmas song is "Jingle Bells."  Please send my Christmas greetings to your mother sadly and Walt's sister.  [not sure what the "sadly" refers to!]

How is your daughter and her husband?  I am very happy because are you seen the many beautiful places.  Thank you for your send that photos Bernese Mountain Dog was very nice.  I like it very much.  How is Jeri and Phil?

I am so happy are you write the Malala Yousafsi girl story.  I am so happy are you send this photo.

I am studying very well.  I write FA4 (Formative Assessment) exams very well.  My family members are all pray for your famiy members in our daily prayers.

Now we are enter the summer season.  We got so many fruits like mango, watermelon, musk melon, etc.  Every Saturday evening my community project children gathered one house and pray for their problems.  God has chosen my group name is "Moses."

My school conduct one programme that is (CF) Christmas friend.  CF means exchanging of gifts.  My CF name is B.Victor paul.  My name was come by Charan Raj.  He is studying 10th class.  Please pray for exams.

My project conduct every month Bible quiz and children in prayers.  I participated that Bible quiz.  Please pray for my project.

thank you for your gracious love andsupport.

Your loving child,
M. Anjali

Friday, May 15, 2015

Letter from Miché

 Miché is good about answering all sorts of questions.  I should give him more questions that need more than a "yes" or "no" answer!


Dear Beverly Sykes,

Today, I am so pleased to be writing you this letter.  How are you doing and family?  I am doing very well, thanks to God.  How are doing your activities?  It is always with joy that I am writing you.  I was glad to gt your letter and the beautiful picture.  No, I don't hear about this game called "bowling"  Yes, it is me who use to take it  (him) in the Project.  Yes, there are vets here to take care of  the animals.  Yes, there are people to gather the trash.  There are several people that help people in the community as nurses. Yes,  have people who help me in the community.  No, I did not hear about the snow storm.  I am asking you to pray for my school and my church.  Thank you.

I wish that God blessed you.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Letter from Emmanuella


Dear Beverly Sykes,

God bless you for your letters and prayers.

(in answer to a question I asked her)  No, I pick letters from the post office.  We have people who help in cleaning the community and also pick up garbages.  There are veterinarians who care for sick animals.

I now read a chapter of the Bible every day.

How did you celebrate Christmas?

I pray that God will heal Walt from the cancer.  (she obviously confused Walt with my cousin)

Pray that God will grant me wisdom and understanding.

Luke 2:52 - And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and have favour with God and men.  Amen.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Letter from Mercy

This is my first letter from Mercy, age 10, one of the "Kenya 7"


Dear Beverly Sykes,

Hallow [sic] Sykes.  I greet you in Jesus name from Kenya.  In Kenya there is no rain.

Last year I work hard and I was promoted to class five and I was happy.  I go to Sunday School and I pray for you.  Read Isaiah 41:6 (They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.)

My grandmother is called Ann Sigira and I am happy.  I have never heard of a blizzard.  Thank you for giving me many gifts.  God bless you.

I know I am special when God died for my sins and also be Compassion child.  Alone in our home pray for me and greet you friends.

This is the drawing she included:

Monday, April 27, 2015

Letter from Josphat


Dear Beverly Sykes,

Receive greetings from your sponsored child Josphat.

He says that he is doig well in school and that he is now in 5th grade.

He says that he is putting more effort in school and he wants you to know that he always does his homework in time.

At home he says his parents are doing well and in good health, and he says that he prays that you are doing well too.

Josphat says that his favorite game is soccer, and he asks what about your favorite game?

He finally says thank you for sponsoring him and he says God bless you.

Bye, he says.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Letter from Wainaina


Hey, Beverly,

It is my pleasure to write to you again this wonderful morning that God has granted to us.  It has been all going well since the beginning of this year.  I have been praying for you so much that your welfare to be always well.

I'm actually doing well in school and also at home.  I'm glad to be communicating to you through letters and hoping that Christ has been of great help to you as he has been to me.

Here in Kenya we have received some rain for a coule of days and it is a blessing from God.  I hope to hear from you again.

May God be with you.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Letter from Lovson


Dear Beverly Sykes,

I greet you in Jesus' name.  How are you and your family?  My family and I are very well.  What is your weather like there?  It's very hot here.

My project will take us to a camp at Easter.

I've not heard about the "bowling."  The people helping my community are scouts, brigands and the police.  Yes, I usually find people to give me letters and gifts like my mom and dad.  There are veterinarians taking care of animals where I live.

Thanks for the nice photos.  I was glad to get them and I appreciated them.  I was glad to hear from you and ask you to pray to God to help me and preserve my life on my way to the camp.  Pray that I'll always progress in my studios.

God bless you abundantly!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Letter from Briana

June 10, 2014

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Hello!  I feel happy to write you this letter.  I hope that you and your family are fine, thanks to god.  How are you, your family and your activities?  As for me, I am not very well because I was sick.  I got a fever and rheumatism.  I saw a doctor and I am under treatment.  I feel good to write you this letter.

In answer to your questions, yes, I sneeze especially when I get flu and cough.  My birthday has already ended; I had a nice party but it was not grandiose.  What about yours?  Have you ever sneezed?  How do you celebrate your birthday with your faioy?  Please pray for me so I can have more patience just like Solomon and that I can be intelligetn like the three men Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego.  Please pray for my schooling and temperance.  I will be praying so that God can bless you abundantly.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Letter from Annie Rose

 Annie Rose (age 10) is my best writer, bar none!

January 24, 2015

Dear Auntie Beverly Sykes,

Good day, Auntie!  How are you?  For me I'm fine.  About my study, I am still doing working on study lessons.  Auntie myself was encourage about the story about Malala, even she will be killed she's still continue her ambition and pursue her good.  [I told all of the kids the story of Malala Yousafzai after she won the Nobel Peace Prize]

You know, Auntie, even we had always rainy days.  I still going to school every day because my goal in life is to finish my study.

Every Sunday I'm going to church, in UCCP (United Church of Christ in the Philippines)  Every Sunday our Reverence serve us.

Auntie, how's your cousin has a cancer?  Are she's getting fine?  What kind of cancer she had?  How also about her husband?

Auntie, what is the feeling when you are in a snow place?  How I wish to touch the snow.

I keep on praying that your cousin and her husband will be fine and recover.

I didn't like a Mickey Mouse, Auntie.

I like summer weather, but this time it is rainy seasons.  How about in your place in this time?

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Auntie, and your family.  We are preparing biko (rice cake), pansit (noodles) and sliced bread.

I will always opray to our Godthat he will give out country peace and we always in a good health together our family.  And God protect us for our safety.  Acts 4:37  Having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it all at the apostles feet.

Annie Rose

Monday, April 6, 2015

Letter from Divine

March 4, 2015

Your child Divine (age 11) greets you in the name of Jesus Christ.  With her family they are fine, thanking God.  She is studying well and putting much effort to pass well with good marks.  Her family cultivated beans, maize, and sorghum.  We are in rainy season.  What about you?  How are you doing?  She needs to know news about you.  Do you cultivate crops?

She is requesting you to pray for her to have knowledge of school.  She wishes you to have peace of God.

She's thanking you for the letter you sent to her and was happy to know news about you and to see your photos, carring 2 dogs.  With her family, they pray for you to be blessed.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Letter from Fred

January 27, 2015

Dear Auntie Sykes,

To God be the glory!!!

I would like to greet all of you to ay hello  How are you all?  Hope that all of you are in good health.  Thank you for your letter that you sent tome.  Our weather here is windy day.  Our prayer that your cousin will be healed totally.

Does the team of Brianna win in baseball?

January 22, 2015 I join playground demonstration in our school with all my classmates.

My grades in 2nd and 3rd grading is higher.  I am so very happy.  Pray for my health.  Thank you very much.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Letter from Leniel

Leniel (age 8) sends a form letter about his Christian learning:

January 23. 2015

In my project I am learning about God.

My favorite Bible story is Jesus birth.

My favorite thing I learned about Jesus is about his love.

My favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 [For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.]

Hello dear sponsor Beverly Sykes,

How are you doing in Christmas?  I went to the park and had fun and ate a lot with my family, siblings and friends.  My father took me to his home and I had a very good time. How do you spend Christmas there?  I ask you to pray for me that God may continue to help me.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Letter from Samuel

Dear Beverly Sykes,

"How are you my sponsor, Beverly Sykes" asks Samuel.  "I have been performing better in my school academic work and also in family daily chores and church activities," says Samuel.

Samuel says that he is putting all the efforts into his academic work and in community activities like helping in communal work.  He says he is active in choir, where he attends Sunday School.

He says recently he received an award for being the most disciplined pupil at his class.  The only thing he admires is the bowling game that he likes, but had no chance to play. [I sent him pictures of going bowling with Brianna]

Samuel wishes you all the best.  He says may God bless you very much.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Letter from Venkana

Dear Sponsor Beverly Sykes,

I am fine and I hope you are also fine and my family are safe hee.  I hope that your family is also fine.  Tom standing very well.

I like to do the things with my family.  I play ball with the members of my family and enjoyed in family.  I like to  know about your life.

My family lives in a thanda.

[I don't know if this is a thanda, but this is what I found on Google images]

My father works as a farmer.  My mother also lives in my house with me and my elder sister name Jgotha.  She age is 22.  i like to play games with my family also.  My mother works housework.  My brother and sister we also study studies.  My brother is in 10th class.  We have television.  We used to listen to music at home.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New photo of Banesa

She looks so grown up compared to the last photo I saw of her!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Letter from James

James, who is 10, is the 4th of the 7 Kenyan children I received as correspondents at the end of the year.  This is his first letter.

Dear Beverly Sykes,

I salute you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, hoping that you are fine and doing well.  How was your Christmas and new year?  I hope you had a wonderful time too.

What special things and activities do people do on Christmas holiday in your country?  Here in Kenya we go visit game parks, orphanages, prisons, hospitals, some just worship in the churches among others.

Would you please pray for me and my family, as I also pray for you.

Your loving son,

Monday, March 30, 2015

3 from the Kenya 7

I received the first three letters from the 7 Correspondence Kids I took on from Kenya

First LAVENDA, who is 9 years old

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Receive much greetings in the Lord.  I hope you are fine in Christ.  I am fine also together with my family.   I thank you for the support that youare giving onto me.  It has made me know who God is and how to serve Him.  I also t hank you for the Christmas gift hat you sent for me  Sh 1143.29 bought cups and I enjoy using them with my family

At school I am in grade 6 this year and my best subject is English.  During church services every Sunday i like to memorize verses from the Bible.  I love you so much and I keep praying for you.  please pray for country and my studies as well.  God bless you.

Yours, Lavenda

Next is MICHAEL, who is 6.  He  filled out a form letter about his typical week.

I usually wake up at 6:30 a.m.  In the morning I normally wash my face and go to school.  The days I attend school are 5 days.  The name of my school is King Model Academy.  In he afternoon I usually watch cartoons.  In the evening I normally help with washing the plates. I go to the project o Saturday  I typically go to sleep at 8:30 pm.  My favorite day of the week is Saturday because I go to the project.  The day I go to church is Sunday.  The name of my church is Deliverance.

Dear... [name left blank]

How are you, begins Michael.  Michael says he is grateful for the Christmas gifts you send to him.  He says he received a pair of long trousers and a shirt.  He adds that he is much happy that the project has once opened and now he's meeting his friends and enjoying their Saturday program.  He ends that you should always remember him in prayers for he wants God to give him good health and understanding in class work.

 NOTE:  The kids thanked me for Christmas gifts I did not send, but every child receives a Christmas gift at the centers they attend, and it was logical to thank me.

Finally is BRIGHTONE, who is 8.  He also shares a form letter about his typical week

I usually wake up at six.  In the morning I go to school.  They days I attend school are five.  The name of my school is Mayenje Primary School.  In the afternoon I usually help my parent with work.  In the evening, I normally play.  I go to the project on Saturday.  I typically go to sleep at 8 p.m.  My favorite day of the week is Saturday because I go to the project.  The day I go to church is Snday.  The name of my church is A CK Anglican Church of Kenya Mayenje.

Brightone says happy new year 2015.  He says that he wishes you a prosperous year ahead.  He says he is praying for you and your family for a long life  He says he looks forward to meeting you one of these fine days.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Letter from Brayan

Dear Beverly Sykes,

How is your health going?  I wish you are doing very well with your family.  My family and I are enjoying a very good health.  I am very grateful for the letters and pictures you sent me.  I tell you I do not know the story of "The Wizard of Oz."  I will be waiting for your pictures.  Thank you for talking about Malala -- I can see she is a warrior.  It is good that God gave her a 2nd opportunity.

I received your letter and saw your mom by the Christmas tree with the lights.

I tell you in my project I learned more bible verses and songs.  I go to CDC every Friday and I always get a 100.  I also learn many beautiful things about God.  I like to go to the project so that i remain away from evil ways.

Have you ever visited my country -- Honduras?  Have you heard about it?

I always keep you in my prayers to the Lord will give you great health.  I ask you to pray for me.  I am now going to 6th grade.  I need the Lord to give me wisdom.

I say goodbye to you with many hugs and with great love and many kisses.  I would like to know from you soon.  See you!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Letter from Anjali

 A beautiful long letter from my first sponsored child. The English isn't always perfect and there are some things I'm not sure about, but this is the longest letter I have ever received from any of my 25 kids!

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Greetings to you in the name of our lord Jesus Christ.  How are you?  How is your health?

I received your letter.  I am very happy about that.  I like summer but my favorite season is winter because every day early morning we go to carrels.  I also love buy fresh vegetables and fruits.  I like strawberry so much.  I like sunflowers  We have sunflowers field near our house front side.  Sunflowers are very useful in our society.

Psalms:23 chapter I like so much.  The lord is my shepherd, because in lord have everlasting love.

I like July month because so many people birthdays on that month.  Every year on my birthday I invite friends and neighbors my house and I give cake.  I like cake so much.  Tom's cake looking very nice because the cake like a football field.  I like small childrens.  Your grandchildren are so sweet.  I like Lacie the little one very much.  I like books.  And read them and understand so many new important things in our society.

In July we are in rainy season.  Rains are used to grow crops very well.  Thank you for your daily prayer.

Yours wedding photos are so nice.  I wish you a happy wedding anniversary.  Your dress is so nice.  I like your veil looking very nice.  I like your church  I like music and songs very much.  I sing songs very well.  I wish you a happy wedding anniversary to next year.

Every day I pray for you and your family. Please pray for me and my family.  Please pray for my studies.  Thank you for your lovely letters.

Photos very nice and beautiful.  I am very happy to write this letter.  Every day I pray for my project and also you god saved problems  You also pray for my project and also you god saved problems.  You also pray my project and I am proved your sponsoring.  I am preparing annually and unit 4th exams.  i will try to write lettersto you in English.  You also special time.  Thank you for your prayers.  Cow dog is very beautiful.  Dog is faithful animal.  It [?watded] away with us.

Santa Barbara city State Street is very beautiful.  Three postcards canaries is very beautiful.  Santa Barbara's very beautiful.  Thank you for love and letters.  How is tom uncle [i don't know what that means...she uses it twice]

How is Tom?  How is your friends Gabi, Alec and Steve?  What about their jobs?

I remain every day in my prayers.  My family also also pray for your family.  I learned many songs and bible stories in my project.  Project given Christmas dress.  I wish you tom uncle.  I am studying well.  We are entering summer season.  Thank you love, concern, letters, your blessing and precious sponsor.

Your loving child