My heart is breaking for Fred and his family. I sent them a donation for Christmas and thought it strange that I had not heard back in a longer time then usual. Today I received 2 letters and the first one told the tale:
Dear Auntie Sykes,
We would like to say to you that thank you very much for the family gift that you had sent to us. We received [amount]. It is a big help because we bought one sack of rice that we used for the burial of Fred's sister. We bought us some of our clothes to wear every Sunday and also groceries for the Christmas eve and for New Year, so our family really appreciate your kindness and generosity to us. Hope that God will continue to bless your work and your family circle.
May God bless you!!
Another letter, dated the same date reads:
Dear Auntie Sykes
Christmas greetings!! Hope this letter will find you wel;l. Auntie Sykes, thank you so much for the stickers, pictures and Christmas card. We are so blessed because of your life.
Auntie Sykes, we're so sad on this Christmas because Fred's sister died last December 6, and she buried last December 15, 2010. Our family experience lonely because one of our family was gone away, but in behalf we are so happy, because April Lyka is in the hand of our almighty God. He doesn't want to suffer her sickness. We love her so much but God really love her.
From our home to the school of Fred, 1 kilometer more or less. Fred sometimes he walk and sometimes he rides. This is the name of Fred's sister: April Lyka. She already died. Danica and Diana. Does your children will spend with you on this Christmas?
Our family asking your prayer that God will able to heal our loneliness. Once again, thank you and God Bless you!!!
Lyra (Fred's mother)