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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Fik has sucessfully transferred

I looked at my MyCompassion page tonight. I didn't really expect any changes. As far as I know CompassionUK don't work at weekends and the 'view correspondence' has never been updated on mine, despite recently receiving letters.

I was therefore very happy to find Fik on my account. He managed to transfer over from the US website from where I sponsored him very quickly.

It means I'll be able to send out my Christmas e-cards and Christmas gift fund money for all my children now.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Milda has sucessfully transferred

I logged onto MyCompassion this evening and found that Milda had transferred safely from the US website and onto my CompassionUK account. The process only took ten days. It's a big relief as I have heard of children going 'missing' when transferring across and eventually ending up with a different sponsor. I've got to wait for Fik to transfer over as well before I can totally rest easily. I sponsored him a few days after Milda, so hopefully he'll appear next week.

Milda's birthday is on November 17th. She will be 19 this year. I sent her birthday gift over tonight. I also sent her a birthday e-card. I tried to insert a picture of all her co-sponsors that was taken on Tuesday. I don't know if it worked or not though, it claimed it added it, but was refusing to show me the normal card preview. I didn't really know what to write in the e-card. We are writing the first letter on Tuesday as a group. I don't know if that will get to her before the birthday e-card and whether she will know and understand that she is being co-sponsored. In the end I went with:
All of your sponsors want to wish you a very happy birthday Milda.

We hope that you are well and happy. You are a beautiful young woman and you are important to us. Never forget that you are special to us and you are special to God. We are pleased to be able to sponsor you and send you lots of love. We hope that you enjoy attending your Compassion project and we are looking forward to learning more about you and your life.

We pray for you, your family and your Compassion project.
From all of your loving sponsors.

Numbers 6:24-26 God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.

Second letter from Roses this week

I got another letter from Roses today, just two days after his last one :)

It's an undated response letter. He thanks me for writing and mentions lots of paper. I assume that is the paper aeroplane kit I sent him in March. He also mentions an animation card, I think that is the 3D movable picture bookmark I sent to him. I really like the bookmarks, you can get them from lots of places and they are so much more interesting to send than a normal paper bookmark. He says he shared the paper gifts with his brother and sister. He also received the starfish poem letter as he writes about the starfish story.

None of my letters that have arrived recently are appearing on MyCompassion. I can see the ones from mid-August and before, but no recent ones have appeared. I hope they do update them eventually as it is an excellent resource. I keep all my children's letters in a folder, but sometime's it is easier to re-read them online. I don't know if other CompassionUK sponsors are having the same problem?

Letter from Beatriz

I got a letter from Beatriz today :)

It was written in July and she answered questions from many of my letters. He brother is called Victor. Her birthday is May 22nd and not March as she mentioned a couple of times. It is cold where she lives.

She also asked me many questions: favourite colour? favourite food? how I am doing at work?

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Letter from Roses

I got my fourth letter from Roses today :)

It's a thank you for the birthday gift I sent him. I think I sent £10. With it he bought:
  • T-shirt
  • Pants
  • Kerchief

Monday, 24 September 2012

Getting ready for the Christmas package mailing

It's that time of the year again when Compassion sponsors start thinking about Christmas in earnest. The Christmas gift fund emails have gone out to all sponsors and I've got about a month left to donate to the gift fund and send my e-cards to my children online.

I'm also busy getting ready all the paper gifts to go in their Christmas packages I'll be sending out in early October. For my 7 sponsored children (Sunita, Beatriz, Ladan, Roses, Jayner, Joselyn and Fik) I've so far managed to find the following for each of them:
A Christmas nativity sticker scene book. Available here from Amazon.
A press out and make nativity scene. Available here from Amazon.
A Christmas nativity sticker scene. Available here from Tattoos4Kids.
Some happy birthday Jesus stickers. Available here from Tattoos4Kids.

Each child also has a personalised Christmas card from Moonpig or MarksandSpencersPersonalised:
For Ladan, Jayner and Fik.
For Beatriz, Sunita and Joselyn.
For Roses.
For Milda. I ordered a larger card so that all her co-sponsors can sign it.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Welcome Fik

Sometimes OurCompassion can be a bad influence I think. I popped on there to find a post about Fik from Indonesia. Being hard of hearing myself I couldn't help adding him to my list of sponsored children. Now I just need to wait patiently for a couple of weeks before he transfers over to my CompassionUK account.

Name: Fik
Birthday: April 30, 2008
Age: 4
Gender: Male
Region: Asia
Country: Indonesia
Program: Ikthus Baru Student Center

Personal and Family Information:
Fik lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Fik works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Fik participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.

Fik has partial hearing loss. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.

Fik lives in the coastal community of Ngalo-Ngalo Baru, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, cassava and rice.

A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Ngalo-Ngalo Baru work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $78 per month. This community has electricity and clean water but needs libraries, qualified teachers, income-generating skills and reliable public transportation.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ikthus Baru Student Center to provide Fik with Bible studies, nutritious food, medical checkups, sports, music instrument classes, scholastic materials, English classes and computer courses. The center staff will also provide worship services, health and hygiene education and child protection workshops for the parents or guardians of Fik.

Indonesia consists of 17,000 islands along the equator between Australia and Asia. The larger islands have central mountain ranges and fertile plains and lowlands. The climate is tropical with a rainy season from October to April.

The country squeezes a population nearly the size of the United States into a landmass roughly triple the size of Texas; it has the fourth largest population in the world. Indonesia is also a diverse nation with many resources. More than 300 languages are spoken but the most common is Bahasa Indonesia. Islam claims 90 percent of Indonesians; however, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and animism are also practiced.

When Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492, he sought a new route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The Portuguese arrived in the sixteenth century but in 1602 the Dutch began slowly gaining control of the islands. Following Japanese occupation during World War II, the country, led by Sukarno, proclaimed independence in 1945. Suharto ousted Sukarno in 1967 and held the presidency of the military-controlled republic until 1998, when a collapsing economy fueled riots and demands for reforms. In 2001, the country elected a female leader, President Megawati Sukarnoputri.