Monday, November 22, 2010

A Letter from Shallon

Shallon writes wonderful, long letters. I loved this one:

My beloved friend Beverly Sykes,

I first thank God who has given me this chance to talk with you through this letter. How are you and how is your life over there? And how are your daily activities over there? I am veyr proud of you and your family members. I want to tell you that God is real. Without God nothing is possible.

You have asked me questions. I'm going to reply. Firset one is do you have any problems reading my letters? I don't have problem in reading your letters.

Second one is do you have any cousins? I don't have any cousin and you have asked me do you see your relatives often. Of course I see them often. I try to preach the word of God with them. My family members are greeting in the name of Jesus Christ.

Yes, I remember these folding papers which you sent to me. You have said that you enjoy pictures from Russia--What is location of Russia and between to your home.

I want to send my prayers to all your family members and I want to tell you to pray for me in order to pass primary leaving examination. I want to send you some of my results for tests in our school. Social studies - 50 and Science - 70. I want to tell you that I am sure in God I will pass primary leaving examination.

In my vacation period I will relax and I want to communicate with you and your family members. I wish to send you my verse you will enjoy and think about in that verse. I want to send prayers and to thank you becasue you have brought me photos. I want to send prayers to your mother, who had fell down some stairs and broke her ankle. She will be better.

I want to send you a verse which I have told you. It is in Daniel Chapter 9 verse 9. It says you are merciful and forgiving although we have rebelled against you...God will reward.

I want to tell you a story about our country. In our country some areas has got much snow which destroy our crops, so we request for your prayers.

I want to tell you that may God bless you and your family members.

Your loving daughter,


I decided to try to explain Thanksgiving to our kids, so designed this page

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas in November

There is a "Christmas Card Drive of epic proportions" going on thru Compassion, for kids who don't have sponsors and would otherwise get nothing for Christmas. I bought two boxes of Christmas cards, for 50 cents each at the Dollar Store and addressed something like 30 cards to kids who don't have sponsors. I also had purchased some religious bookmarks and included a bookmark in each card.

I hope they get to Compassion in time to get to the kids on Christmas.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Letter from Fred

I always love it when I get letters from Fred (or his mother), because the smiling little boy on the stationery always makes me smile. This is what his mother has to say in this letter, written September 17 (in reply to my letter of July 14)

Dear Mrs. Sykes (I do hope she eventually calls me something else!)

Have a blessed day!!!

Thank you for sharing a lot of good story about your trip in Russia and also for the pictures you send here. He been so nice to know the history of this church and to see your friend here in the pictures, Charlotte and Mike.

In our country the well knowned church here is Catholic, but I believe the Baptist church is the best because I know they really founded and analyzed well what inside in the Bible.

Do you have any other sponsored beside Fred?

Mrs. Sykes, thank you for consulting us here. Fred and all of us were okey in the goodness of God. . Fred was nice in his study, before and after his sleep he always prayed. . And we prayed also that you and your family and friends were living in good condition and always happy.

Fred's mother

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Indonesian Volcano

98 people are listed as dead and thousands of families fleeing their homes in the area of Mt. Merapi. On the map I see, Esther lives in that area but I have not seen any news from Compassion about it yet. I'm worried for her safety and the safety of her family.