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Monday, 27 August 2012

Five new Compassion children's packages have arrived

I opened the post today to find another five children's profiles fall out. I don't know if I got sent them because I sponsored Joselyn and Jayner or whether I got sent them because it is getting closer to Compassion Sunday. I don't think there's any way I can get five children sponsored though. I will be adding the Compassion Sunday talk into the new study we are doing in my small group. But I don't think there's enough members to be interested in sponsoring that many children. I'll hand them out to as many people as I can over the next month though.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

More letters for my kids

I didn't have a particular theme for this fortnight's letters to my kids. I just wrote some general news about what was happening in my life. Again they were handwritten on decorated notecards.

Sunita and Beatriz got flower themed notecards; Jayner and Joselyn got beach themed notecards. All four children got a woodland themed sticker scene and colouring book. Roses and Ladan got sock monkey themed notecards. Ladan got pages from a Cars magazine. Roses got an activity booklet and some more Bible study pages.

Sunita and Beatriz also got replies to their recent letters on Compassion writing paper.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Two letters from Sunita

 
 
Two letters from Sunita today :)
 
Both letters have the same date and arrived in the same envelope. One letter is a form letter about her house. The message section on this is left blank and the message is written on the separate sheet. She's drawn me a picture of her house. Her letter tells me it is rainy season now (it's written in July so will be the monsoon season where she lives). It also tells me a little bit more about her project.

Letter from Beatriz

I received a letter from Beatriz :)

She takes me for the photo scrapbook I sent her and talks about my job. She is taking lots of tests at school and wants me to know she is doing well. She asked me lots of questions about my family.

It was written in early April, so has taken four and a half months to get to me. Letters from Beatriz aways seem to take a while to reach me.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Letter from Sunita


I got a letter from Sunita today :)

It thanks me for the letters and the paper gifts I sent to her. It tells me that she has her summer vacation soon. It also says she reads the Bible and goes to Church every Sunday.

Olympic letters

I spent the weekend at my parents' house. On Saturday I travelled to London to watch the Olympic Race Walk events. This was the theme of my letters to my kids this fortnight. I handwrote the letters onto notecards. Like last time I used printed paper to decorate the blank pages.

Sunita and Roses got glittery butterfly notecards and animal stickers. Joselyn and Jayner got Wallace and Gromit notecards and colouring books. Ladan got a 'if I travelled the world from end to end, I would not find a better friend' notecard and some cards big colouring posters and 4 mini cars jigsaws made out of thin cardboard. Roses got the same world notecard, a Dr Frankenstein anatomy book and some more Bible study pages.

Sunita also got a separate letter on Compassion stationary thanking her for her recent letter.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Welcome Jayner and Joselyn

I've given in and sponsored the two children CompassionUK sent me packets for. I've not succeeded in finding any other sponsors over the past four weeks. I get a pay rise in late September, so that should cover their sponsorships from then on.

Name: Jayner David Gonzalez Laguna
Gender: Male
Age: 9
Date of Birth: 03/04/2003
Project: Hijos de Abraham Student Center
Country: Nicaragua

About Jayner David Gonzalez Laguna:
Jayner lives under the care of his parents. His home duties include running errands. There are 2 children in the family. For fun Jayner likes playing football, cycling, playing house, playing hide and seek, playing with toy cars, playing volleyball, running, playing ping pong and playing ball games. He attends Sunday school & church regularly. He attends school where his performance is above average. Please remember Jayner in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.

About Hijos de Abraham Student Center:
Your sponsored child lives on the plains of Barrio Jerónimo López and Nagarote, home to approximately 38,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, cement walls and corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, plantains, rice and fish. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea, flu, coughs, parasites and respiratory diseases. Most adults work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $111 per month. These communities have water, telephone service and electricity but needs school supplies, libraries, clothes, shoes and employment opportunities. Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hijos de Abraham Student Center to provide your sponsored child with Christian education, Bibles, medical checkups, health education, special celebrations, field trips handicraft training and academic tutoring. The center staff will also provide evangelism classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of your sponsored child.

Name: Joselyn Estefany Gonzalez Nerio
Gender: Female
Age: 9
Date of Birth: 01/04/2003
Project: Josué Child Development Center
Country: El Salvador

About Joselyn Estefany Gonzalez Nerio:
Joselyn lives under the care of her parents. Her home duties include running errands, making beds and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. For fun Joselyn likes playing house, playing cards and drawing. She attends Sunday school & church, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly. She attends school where her performance is average. Please remember Joselyn in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.


About Josué Child Development Center:
Project: ES-720 Josué Child Development Centre Location: Juayúa, 19 km north of Sonsonate, El Salvador Your sponsored child lives in the forested community of Juayúa, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish. The regional diet consists of maize, beans and rice. Common health problems in this area include bronchitis and flu. Most adults in Juayúa are unemployed but some work as labourers and earn the equivalent of $57 per month. This community needs water, electricity and employment opportunities. Your sponsorship allows the staff of Josué Child Development Centre to provide your sponsored child with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, birthday celebrations, literacy training, school supplies and English and computer, music and English classes. In addition, non-schooled children receive developmental activities. The centre staff will also provide meetings and parents' school for the parents or guardians of your sponsored child.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Letter from Ladan


Today I got my second letter from Ladan :)

It's in English again, and although he is only five Ladan has made an attempt to write the answers to the questions himself. Someone has helpfully corrected his spelling. It's good to see that although he is still so young and in Class 1 still that his writing is becoming easily readable already.

The letter is all about his project. He goes one day a week. The message thanks me for the paper gifts I sent to him. I drew me some pictures again and coloured them in as well this time.