Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Letter from Mercy

Mercy is 11 and wrote her own letter in English.  Lots of grammar mistakes, which I thought were charming...and amazed at how well she DID do.

Dear Syks,

Hallow Syks.  How are you?  I am happy in the name of Jesus and how are you at that day?

Here at Kenya there is lady bugs the same colour like the one in the letter and in Kenya there is no blueberries, but there are strawberries which are colour red.

I am thankful for the letter and the gifts I have received.  God bless you too. 

On 2nd June we had visitors who are the sponsors for my friend from New Zealand and Swizzland in our project.  That day was joyful.  I had never seen in my life.  There were twenty-three and their friend.

I am working hard in my academic.  I just request for prayer from my mother is sick. Receive greeting from my sisters and brother and parents.  I wish one time we will meet.

Thank you.


Monday, August 24, 2015

First Word from Edilsar

I say first "word" from Edilsar because it falls far short of a letter.  It's answers to 6 prompts and no personal message whatsoever.  Edilsar is from Mexico and is 11 years old.

I am thin, tall, and my skin is dark.  In my neighborhood there are trees, rivers and animals.  My dad's name is Ermilo and my mom is called Estela.  I dream about becoming a teacher.  In my spare time I like to play soccer. Please pray for my dad and my mom, that they stay well.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Letter from Anjali

Anjali is 12

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I received all your letters.  I am very happy and I am very excited to read your happy letters. I saw all pictures tat you sent for me.  I am very happy because you shared all happiness moments and problems in your life with me.

I am very sad because your cousin suffering from cancer, but I am very happy because you're helping to your cousin.  I pray for your cousin's health in my daily prayers ad in my family prayers.  I am also love snow, but here there is no snow.

I saw the picture of your cousin (Carolyn) with Tess and I saw the picture when you're celebrating Thanksgiving dinner with your relatives.  I am very happy to saw that.  In another picture I saw you and your son Ned with bald heads.  You're looking very beautiful without hair also and it's very nice that you're helping sick children.

I have one memory verse to tell you that is (1 Samuel 16.7)  "The Lord sees not as man sees.  Man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart."  I like this memory verse very much.

Your friend Sonia looking very beautiful and her paintings also very beautiful.  I am very happy that you met her again.

I saw so much snow in the photo that you sent.  I think it is very, very cold there and it covers almost all the country and I think we can't live on that place.

Thank you for telling about the game.  I think that Brianna like the game very much, and she play easily. It's very nice to look at Brianna as a chef and dentist.  I know that she is very enjoyed to do that performance and she looks very pretty.

In summer holidays I went to 10 days VBS (vocational bible school).  L learnt so many songs and memory verse there.  I enjoyed there so much.

I pray for you and for your family members is in my prayers.  Thank you for showing so much love on me.

Thank you for your love and support.

your loving child,

Friday, August 21, 2015

First Letter from Rifaldi

Rifaldi is 9


Dearest grandma Beverly Sykes and the family.  My family and I thank you for sending the letter, and I've seen grandma's picture with the family too.  I have an elder sister named Jeni (11) and a younger sister of mine Tyara (6) who's as old as Brianna.

I'm enjoying school break now.  I'm promoted to grade 4.  I get the 2nd rank out of 24 students.  I'm very pleased this year my sister Tyara goes to Primary School.

We and the family keep on supporting you in prayer,that you're given a long life and be healthy always.  Greetings from me and the family for you and for everyone.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Letters from Divine and Emmanuella

Divine is 12

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Your child Mushimiyimana Divine is greeting you in the name of Jesus Christ!  She is doing great, but she was suffering from malaria.  Her siblings are also sick.  We are in our long dry season.  The weather is very hot!  She is studying hard to do well in her examination.  She will start them on 13/7/2015.

During the hot weather, studies become difficult.  Please pray for her siblings to be recovered and for her to do well in her studies.

She really thanks you for all your letters.  She received them well and pleased her so much!  She liked your photographs.  We do not have the snow here.  This is our dry season.  She is studying hard.

(signed by her project worker)


Dear Beverly Sykes,

I thank you for your letters and your words of encouragement.

I sleep in our bedroom with my sister and if somebody wishes to give me something I will wish the person gives me a laptop.  My favorite part of the Bible is proverbs.

You look beautiful with no hair.

Yes, I cook and my mother taught me how to cook.  I like cooking banku [a Ghanaian dish which is cooked by a proportionate mixture of fermented corn and cassava dough in hot water into a smooth, whitish consistent paste] and okra.

I have learnt in school that we should be good Samaritans.

How are you and your family doing?

I pray that God will let the rain fall in California and the Almighty God will bless Brianna and add more years to her years.

Pray that God will help me in our coming examination so that I can be promoted to JHS3

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 12:10.  A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.  Amen.  [not sure what that means!]

Saturday, August 15, 2015

New Kiva loan

Teresa from Kenya
Teresia has lived in Mukuru Kayaba for fifteen years. It is here that she has raised her three children and established her micro-enterprises of water vending and a retail shop.

In her area, there are no decent toilets. Her family and community use makeshift options, often located by the Nairobi riverbed.

At night, due to insecurity, these facilities are not accessible particularly by women and girls for fear of rape. She learnt about Fresh Life Toilets through the sales associates at Fresh Life and is determined to join the movement by acquiring one Fresh Life Toilet.

She sees this as an opportunity to provide a sanitary and safer toilet option for her family and neighboring community at all times.

Ultimately she hopes her work contributes towards a cleaner environment free of flying toilets along Kayaba pathways.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Wow -- SIX letters!!!

They all came from Kenya and it as such a wonderful surprise to be blanketed with so many letters!

Michael is 6 and so he fills out a form about his family.

My siblings oldest to youngest are Ezina, Eshiaw.  In my family I spend the most time with my sisters.  Extended family that lives with me are aunt.  My family lives in the urban area.  My food is prepared by mother.  My favorite thing to do with my family is playing.  My favorite way to help in my family is washing utensils.  My family's faith background is Christianity.  My family's health and special needs are none.

Message to sponsor:  How are you doing, he begins.  He says he is fine and doing good.  Michael says he liked the stickers you send him in the last letter.  He adds that he enjoys watching Tom and Jerry cartoons.  He continues to say that he enjoys seeing his mother cook, although he is also learning to do so.  He ends by wishing you God's blessing.

Mwongela is only 5 and so he also filled out the form about his family.

My siblings from oldest to youngest are Junior, Kasehanna (Ruth).  In my family I spend most time with his sister Ruth.  Extended family that lives with me are his uncle and grandmother.  My family lives in the rural area.  My foods is prepared by his mother.  My favorite thing to do with my family is telling stories.  My favorite way to help my family is to be sent to the shop.  My family's faith background is Christianity.  My family's health and special needs are to grow stronger in Christ and have good health.

Message to sponsor:  Mwongela says hello  hoping that you are doing good together with your family.  He says his family is doing well too.  He says he sleeps on abed with hisbrother Junior.  He also says thank you for the letters, bookmark and the game, which he enjoys playing.  He says thank you and that may God bless you. He requests you to pass his regards to Brianna and that he loves you all.  He says bye bye for now.

Brightone is 9 and writes his own letters, in English.

Hello!  How are you? I am so excited to write to you once more.  My grandmother sends her regards to you.  We are all doing fine in the Lord Jesus Christ.  I am always overjoyed by the letters you do send me.  They really encourage me so much.  Yes, think always where I sleep.  I sleep with my siblings in our room.  We always prepare our bedroom before the evening so after doing homework, we go to sleep. I still enjoy going to school and I learn a lot of new things.  My favourite subject is science because we are taught interesting things in the natural world.  Did you find science interesting to study?

I was so much encouraged by the verse you shared (Jeremiah 29:11).  I enjoyed reading it with my friends.  It is so amazing how God loves and has good plans for us.  I am being transformed holistically at Compassion's project every Saturday, thanks to your support.  Thank you for your prayers too and may God bless you.

From your sponsored son in Kenya, Brightone

James is 10.

Dear Beverly Sykes,

It's quite a pleasure to hear from you through the letter you sent me.  It's good to hear that you are fine over there.  I am fine too here in Kenya, together with my family members.

I was impressed to see Ned, mother and the two little girls.  Ned is looking good with his short hair and let him just maintain his hair like that.

I would like to encourage you from the book of Psalms 20:4. (May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.)

Be blessed so much, Dear.


 Samuel is 9

Dear Beverly Sykes

Samuel greets you in the name of our Lord Jess Christ.  He says he is doing well at school and at home  "How is you my dear sponsor," asks Samuel.  samuel says he prays for you and loves you for your continued support to him.

He thanks you for the letter you sent him.  He says he received it and thanks ou for the verse of encouragement and photos. He says here in Kenya they normally celebrate their birthdays by going to church and singing together.  Also, he participates in communal work by sweeping and cleaning their nearby market.

May God bless you! says Samuel.

Wainaina is 17.

Dear Beverly Sykes

Receive much greetings from me.  I do believe that everything is right with you together with your family.  I'm doing fine at school and also at home.  I do hope that your days are good as mine are.  We are very lucy in our school that we were able to proceed to the County levels insoccer which was not easy to attain.

At last we are seeing some rains and cold nowadays.  Hoping there will be more.rain.

May God bless you and your family for the great support you offer me.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Letter from Venkanna

Dear Beverly Sykes,

Greetings to you in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.  I am so happy get the letters from you.  I am sorry to hear about your cousin.  I pray to her.  How is her health now?

I saw all the pictures fro you.  I feel very happy.  Mostly I feel bad about your cousin

I do not know about bowling game.

I am enjoyed in Christmas program.  Our Independence Day is August 15.  We hoisted the flag and distribute the chocolates.  In the parents' retreat parents know about God's love and they enjoyed with God's songs and they played games also.

I and my family are doing well by the grace of God.  Now my schools we opened of the holidays now.  I am going to study 8th.  I am praying for you and your cousin.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Letter from Leniel


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.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Letter from Brayan


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


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.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Letter from Lavenda


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.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Letter from Miché


Dear Beverly Sykes

I am so happy to write to you in the name of Jesus.  How are you?  How are your activities?  I was so happy to get your letters.  I want you to know I take part in a lot of activities in the church such as learn a lot of different subjects songs and Bible verse.  Your letters are always interesting to me.  I love reading them. 

I will have summer vacation in the end of June and I will have fun.  Do you usually go on summer vacation?  I will pray God for you with your family.  I hope God will bless you more.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Letter from Theresa

Theresa is 8

19th May 2015

My project's name is New Ebu Child Development Centre.
I go to my project four/five days in a month
Typical activities I do at project are:
   Fun & Games
   Hand Washing  - Learning curricular lessons

When I am at the project, I typically eat rice and stew, Jollof Rice

My favorite activity I do at the project is taking her lunch.

Thank you for your
   words of encouragement
   prayer and sponsorship

Please pray for her academic success and excellence.

There are lots of trees planted around her project centre.

Theresa and her family are all well.  Theresa laughed and said you look amazing without hair.  Theresa does not cook and Joshua and Peter are twins.

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.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Introductory letter from Eunice

Eunice is 19

Dear Sponsor,

All about me
My mother's name is Doricas
My father's name is Gilbert

My Sisters' names are Siwana, Grace, Peris, Fausta, Miriamu

My best friends re Stelah, Fredrick, Cruta, Jamwel and Emmy Waya

My Favorites
Best school subject is cooking
Best Bible Story David and Goliath
Best Holiday: New Year
Best Food Rice and Fish
Best Game: swimming
Best Colour: Red

When I grow up I want to be a hotel manager

My question for my sponsor:  what is your favorite kind of weather?

My prayer question to my sponsor -- I wish to be in good health.

Your child in Christ,

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Letter from Henrique

Henrique is 8


Sponsor Beverly,

When I grow up I would like to be a soccer player.  I would like to travel to the United States.

Hello, Dear Beverly.  How are you?  My name is Caroline and I am writing on behalf of  Luiz Henrique.  He is a child who likes to play soccer and he knows the names of many soccer players (He wrote their names below with his drawing)  We are very happy because he is learning to read and write.  He has a peg dog and he is very well and healthy,  Hugs on behalf of Luiz Henrique, Caroline.

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


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.