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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Summer job letters

I finished teaching at school for the summer. I've had 2 weeks 'off' now. In fact I spent 3 days setting up my classroom for next year and I've spent 6 days in my new summer job. I'm working a summer day camp. The beginning of my summer was the theme for this set of letter, which I handwrote in flowery or landscape notecards. I printed pictures out to stick on the blank and back pages of the notecards, so that ever page was decorated.

Sunita and Beatriz both got rose themed notecards, these I got free through the post from the British Heart Foundation. Beatriz also got a matching bookmark. Both girls got colouring pages and animal posters pulled out of magazines. They also got sticky note pads that came free on the front of the magazines.

Joselyn got a princess paper doll, Roses got a Winnie the Pooh activity book and some more Bible study pages, Ladan got a phonics magazine and Jayner got a funny animal faces sticker and colouring book.

Roses and Ladan also got notes on Compassion stationary replying to the recent letters I received.

Again this package went out late, which is why it included Joselyn and Jayner.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Letter from Roses

I got another letter from Roses :)

It was thanking me for his birthday paper gifts that I sent to him. He says that he likes to play cricket with his friends. He thanks me for sending him Jeremiah 29:11, he writes, "Thank you for writing the beauitful verse from Jeremiah 29:11 yes God has a special purpose for my life to give you as my sponsor."

Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message) - I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Olympics are coming letters

I got a bit behind in my letter sending, so two of my July letters got sent to the kids in the same package. Both were Olympic themed, so it worked out well. The Olympics and Paralympics are coming to London in August and September.

The first letter was a picture scrapbook letter about the Olympic torch. It passed though Leicester recently and I was able to go and see the torch relay. The second letter was a general letter about what the Olympics are all about and my excitment at getting tickets to go to London to see the Race Walk events on 11th August.

In the package I also included: a make you own origami olympic rings kit for each child, olympic sport colouring  pictures and a design and make your own olympic torch craft activity. For Ladan and Roses I also further included information on the Olympics as they write in English.

These packages went out late, so they also included first letters and about you sponsor picture scrapbooks for Jayner and Joselyn.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Compassion Sunday

I'm part of a small group for people in their 20s and 30s that is attached to my church. I'm always on the lookout for small group activities that we can use in our studies. Back in March we looked at Live :58 that I got sent through a Compassion link. Following that one of my friends went on to sponsor a baby through Compassion's Child Survival Program (UK sponsors can sponsor babies from 1+). Compassion sent me an email about their Compassion Sunday materials this year, which in theory had resources for small groups.

My pack arrived recently. It's the standard stand up and present video and talk at your church about the work Compassion do and tell everyone about your sponsored kids. I'm not sure it's much use as a small group resource on it's own, but I'll try and find some way to link the DVD clips into our studies later on in the year.

Compassion also sent me two child packets, in order for me to find sponsors for the two children. I'm not sure exactly why they did this as: I'm not an advocat (unless you get signed up automatically if you request the Compassion Sunday resources), I didn't actually request child packages, if they are for the Compassion Sunday talk that is due to be completed in September and the epiry date for the packages is in early August. Once I've got over the shock at them falling out of the envelope, then I'll set about trying to find sponsors for them.