Friday, August 28, 2015

Letter from Fred

Fred is 11

May 19, 2015

Dear Auntie Sykes,

Christian Greetings.  How are you?  Hope and pray that God will fine in your life.  By the way, what is the most difficult subject of Brianna?

Last April 27-30 we have juniors camp.  Our theme is stand up for Jesus.  I learned many things about God.  Lots of games and every night we have group competition.  This coming June I will also be in Grade six.  I"m so excited to see all my classmates, so please pray for m health and my studies.  God bless!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Letter from Theresa

Theresa is 8
This is a form letter about "My Christian Learning."

11 July 2015

My favorite thing I learned about Jesus is:  Jesus is the Saviour of the world.

I learn the most about Jesus Christ from the Project.

My favorite Bible verse is:  Psalms 23:1 (The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Amen.)

My favorite Bible story is the story of God's creation.

When I pray  to God, I pray about the health of her family and her sponsor.

Thank you for your
X Words of Encouragement
X Pictures
X Prayers and sponsorship.

Child's prayer request:  She wants you to pray about her academics.

I would like you to know more about my Christian learning:  She watches educative movies about Jesus Christ on screen at the project center.

Child's response to the sponsor's question(s):

She said the oil is for cooking and also the family sell some of the oil to earn a living.  She said the oil is red in color and add great flavor to their food.

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 is 8
Leniel 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.