Friday, August 23, 2013

Letter from Josphat

My latest "fill in the blanks" letter from Josphat tells me about his "Project Learning."  It is dated 7/22/13

My favorite thing I have learned in my project is to respect God.  About friendship, I have learned to sacrifice for my friends. About taking care of my body I have learned to wear clean clothes. About being polite and kind, I have learned to appreciate each other.  About my home area, I have learned the common food people eat is Ugalo (corn meal).  I have learned that some of the jobs people do are digging.  To learn about cleanliness we should wash our clothes daily.

In his "Message to my sponsor" Josphat writes:

Much regards from your sponsored child Josphat.  He says he is doing fine together with his family.  Josphat says the weather in his home place is rainy and that they have started harvesting crops like peas and beans.  He says you are always in his prayers always.  He ends by saying thank you and that God bless you abundantly.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Meet Banesa

It was with a heavy heart that I received the news that I would no longer be corresponding with Esther, from Indonesia.  But it was for a good reason.  She had aged out of the program, had graduated from school, and now has a job.  She is going to be writing me a goodbye letter, and I wrote one to her.

The Compassion rep asked if I would like another child to write to, and of course I said yes.  So I just received the information on Banesa, who is 11 years old and from the Dominican Republic.

She is one of five children and she loves to play with dolls and to sing.

She runs errands for her parents (both of whom are employed), and fetches water.  Most of my compassion children have the task of carrying water, even the tiny one, which lets us know the problem of water in third world countries, where the water source is usually polluted, but the only place where they can get water.

I look forward to getting to know Banesa over the coming months.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Kiva Loan

Agnes is a 57-years-old woman from Ndunyu Njeru (Kenya) and is married with small children. Agnes has a farming business that she has been doing for the past 23 years and has applied for her second loan from KADET Ltd. She will use the money to buy fertilizers and seedlings. She is optimistic that her business will do better after this loan. She hopes to expand her business in the near future.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Letter from Theresa

This is a check-off letter titled "About Me."
It is dated 22/07/2013.
Theresa is 6.

1. My name means   Theresa means love   

2. I am the last child in the family.

3. I am 108 centimeters tall.

4. My weight is 17.5 kg.

5. The colour of my hair is black.

6. The colour of my eye is black.

7. When I grow up I want to be a teacher.

8. One thing I really do well is singing.

9. Thanks for your words of encouragement, pictures, stickers, sponsorship and letters.

Theresa wants you to pray for her to be humble.

Theresa has six brothers and two sisters and she is the 9th and last born of her parents.  Theresa and her family are fine.  She says she like colouring and she does every time she comes/attends project meeting and sometimes at school.  The new birth in her family was a new baby who has been born by her aunty.

Theresa's self portrait

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Letter from Briana

Briana's center was in danger of being dropped by Compassion, but whatever the difficulties were, they have been resolved and I received a letter from her today.


Dear Beverly Sykes,

It's a great pleasure for me to write you.  How are you and your activities?  Here, I am going welll, thanks to God.  My mom always wakes me up to go to school.  First I review my lessons, comb my hair, take a shower, have my breakfast, and then go to school.  My days are always wonderful, thanks to God.

Yes, I like eating cherries but some are sweet and some are sour.

I got a pass mark of 7 out of 10 at school.  I took my Comprehensive final exams of elementary school.  I am waiting or the results so that I'll be promoted to 7th grade.  Please pray for me that God give more intelligence and patience in everything I do.  And I'll be praying for you, that God bless you in abundance.

Your daughter,
Luma Briana

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Letter from Leniel

There is another check-off letter from Leniel, from the Dominican Republic.  (click on graphic to enlarge)

There was a note on the back from Leniel:

Hello Dear Beverly Sykes:

May God Bless you much; how are you?  I am fine and thank you for your letters.  I don't know who dark side is because I haven't seen star wars but I would love to.  I ask you to pray for me.