Sunday, January 22, 2017

Longest Waiting: 3 at 383

Hi everyone. I apologize for the lack of blog posts so far in the new year. I've been working more often (praise the Lord!) and haven't heard from any of my Compassion kids, so there hasn't been a lot to share. Today I would like to highlight three children who have been waiting a long time for sponsors through Compassion Canada.

This is Chelanda. She is 11 years old and lives in Haiti with her mom and dad. Her father works as a laborer and her mom maintains the home. Chelanda's chores at home include washing clothes and cleaning. In primary school her performance is average. For fun, she likes to sing, listen to music and play group games. Chelanda has been waiting 383 days for a sponsor.

Tumukunde Andrew lives in Uganda with his mom, dad and 4 siblings. He is 10 years old. His father and mother both work as teachers. At home he tends the garden, carries water and cares for animals. In school his performance is average. For fun he likes to run, play group games and ride a bike. Tumukunde has also been waiting 383 days for a sponsor.

This is Lisbeth. She is 6 years old and lives in Ecuador with her mother, father and one sibling. Sometimes her father works as a laborer and her mother works as a farmer. Her chores at home include washing clothes, running errands and cleaning (that's more than I did when I was 6 years old). She is in pre-school where her performance is above average. For fun, Lisbeth likes to sing, play with dolls and play hide-and seek. She has also been waiting 383 days for a sponsor.

These three children have their pictures and information listed at You can search for them by selecting their country and gender. There are many more children like Chelanda, Tumukunde and Lisbeth who have been waiting 383 days for a loving sponsor (that's over a year)! Please consider adding one of these children to your Compassion family, or maybe even as your first Compassion child. If that isn't possible, please remember to keep these children in your prayers.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Compassion Family: A Year in Review

Time for a stereotypical New Years' post! Just kidding, this one is going to be short. This was my Compassion Family at the beginning of 2016:

If you've been following my blog, you'll see that there have been a few changes to this arrangement. First of all, Emanuel lost his financial sponsor quite early on in the year and I wasn't informed until it had already happened. However, because he is so young and I had only written to him for a short time I am hoping it wasn't too hard on him and that he now has a new sponsor who writes him lots of letters! Jose also left my Compassion Family as his family moved to an area in Peru where there isn't a Compassion project. 

Despite these losses I also had some new editions that brought my number up to 8 again:

Malathi joined as a correspondent child awhile ago, and Angel came along as another correspondent child just in time for Christmas! There were also some photo updates in there, as you can see :)

*I feel like I should add a disclaimer or some sort of note here that reads "Some Changes Pending in 2017." The reason for this is that I may lose two of my correspondent girls in the New Year due to the current situation in their country. I would also like to add JOY to my life (hint hint, see what I did there!) if God provides the finances and lets me know it's the right time. 

So stay tuned for more updates! Only the Lord knows what will happen with my Compassion Family in 2017.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Meet Angel and Joy!

Hello fellow Compassion sponsors and correspondents! You may remember recently that I wrote about one of my correspondent kids, Jose, leaving Compassion's program. I have now found out this was because his family has moved to an area where there is no Compassion project. I asked Compassion Canada to put me on the waiting list to write to another child whose sponsor cannot write, and figured that as usual it would take months before I was assigned a new child.

But today I logged on to MyCompassion and found this sweet face!

This little boy is Angel. He is 4 years old, and his birthday is December 22 (really close to Christmas!). He lives in Columbia with his mother. He is in kindergarten and likes riding a bicycle and playing soccer. He lives in a relatively small community where the main language is Spanish. I can't wait to write to him and get to know him!

I would like to introduce you to one more little boy today. Generally I am pretty invincible to "Sponsoritis" these days (a term some of us use to describe wanting to sponsor every adorable face we see on Compassion's website) but I can't seem to stop thinking about this child. I am completely broke and cannot sponsor him unless something changes drastically soon, but thought I should introduce you to him here:

This little boys' name is Sanyu, and he is from Uganda. His name means "Joy" in his local language. I know this because one of the children I worked with in the Asante Children's Choir was also named Sanyu. This little boy is 3 years old, and his birthday is in March. He lives with his father and mother and there are 6 children in the family. He likes art, playing with cars, and telling stories. He has been waiting 177 days for a sponsor. If you would like to learn more about Sanyu, you can find his profile on Compassion Canada's website. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hola from Ecuador!

Today I found letters waiting for me from both of my Compassion friends in Ecuador: my sponsored child Blanca, and my correspondent Edison!

First up, here is an update from Blanca:

She is doing well in school and working hard so that she can "be promoted to the next school year". She got some new school supplies at her project. She visited her uncles in Quito and had fun and went to church there. She asks me to pray for her studies.

Edison's photo has updated since I wrote to him last. He spent his vacation with his family and says "and every day I feel better." He is trying to finish high school now so that he can go to college someday. He says "I know it is difficult but not impossible, if you have faith in God everything you propose you will achieve it." He says he is learning interesting things at his project. I am always amazed by his faith and his wisdom!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

An End and a Beginning

Today when I logged onto MyCompassion, I found much to my surprise a letter waiting for me classified as "Final Letter." It was written on behalf of Jose, one of my correspondent "kids":

Dear Sponsor (it was addressed both to his financial sponsor and myself),
My very warm greetings to you. We hope the love of God reign in your home. This letter is to thank you on behalf of Jose, who is very happy for all the support received that was of great impact to his life. He could discover through your letters and presents that generous people exist, but due to personal and family issues he is no longer coming to the program. His life has taken a new path. He could enjoy a well-balanced diet, medical, psychological and educational assistance, as well as camps, retreats, field trips, birthday and Christmas celebrations. Our church is very grateful for such generosity. My God always bless you. We encourage you to continue blessing the life of a new child. We will pray for you. Sincerely, N. (Project Director)

I hope that the reasons he had to leave were good ones, such as the fact that both his mom and his aunt both had babies recently and maybe they need his help around the house more. But I may never know. Thankfully, God does. Please keep Jose in your prayers. He is only 14 years old and whatever country you're from the teenage years can be tough, especially if there isn't a strong support system in place like this project at his local church.

As much as this is sad news to receive, it was exactly perfect timing as well. I had already planned to contact Compassion Canada this morning and ask to be added to the waiting list for one more correspondent child! So now the waiting begins, before I will "meet" someone new to write to and encourage.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

News from Peru (Finally!)

It had been ten months since I last heard from Jose, my correspondent teen in Peru, until today. I had just asked Compassion Canada to do an inquiry into this about a week ago and lo and behold, there was a letter for me from him in my MyCompassion account today! It looks like the letter was written in March. I'm guessing the implementation of the new letter system had something to do with the delay. Whatever the reasons, I'm excited to finally have a letter from him that also came with a picture!

Here is the letter:

Dear sponsor, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus. I hope that you are in good health. Thank you for your letters, the Christmas card and the cute owl that you painted (I coloured a picture and sent it to him as I'm not great at drawing). 

His financial sponsor sent him a significant amount of money as a gift, and with it he was able to buy sneakers, boots, sweatpants, a pair of pants, sweatshirts and a cap, to which he says Great!

I am so happy to hear that you found a job, congratulations! God always listen to the prayers, you are going to have such a nice experience with the children from Uganda.

I know there is so much hunger in Africa, but I don't exactly know much about it. It is so nice that Compassion is over there too, reaching out to more children, such a blessing! ...Thanks for telling me about your trip to Canada with your choir; I will pray for you. Please, I send greetings for them, I will be praying for them and for you.

I try to imagine their faces when watching the snow; such an unforgettable experience for them. I hope that one day will snow here, in order to touch it. May God guard you and take care of you while you travel. 

My aunt, my mom's sister, just had a baby so I help her to look after him. My mom also has a four-month-old baby, his name is Exmit and he is my fourth brother. He is healthy, thank God. I liked the card of Easter and the Bible text of 1 John 3:1: "See what great love the father has lavished on us..." and Psalms 23:1: "The Lord is my Shepherd; I lack nothing." I hope to hear from you soon, about the new things that you do and your family. I finish these lines with many kisses and hugs. From Peru, the person who loves you a lot, Jose. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kaveri: Hope in Hardships

I received another letter from Kaveri today. It was titled "Something About Me." 

Here are some of the things I learned about her:

She is really good at singing, and she enjoys dancing. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher!

Her favourite colour is orange and one of her favourite games is hide-and-seek.

She goes to school a lot. Her dad works as a driver and her mom maintains the home. She helps her mom at home and loves her family very much. 

She is shy but very kind. She loves all kinds of fruits but her favourite is mango. The project worker writing on her behalf says She want fruit, sweets and so many food but she can't tell her parents because she feel families poor condition. Her understanding power is very good. While that is so heartbreaking to hear, it also shows that she has a lot of understanding at a very young age. And the letter doesn't end there!

She gets along well with her teachers and likes to help needy people. She loves attending her project. Her parents are very happy that she is attending the project and are glad that my family is also here to help her.

Despite the very difficult situation she is living in every day, she has hopes and dreams for her future and is treating other needy people with kindness. Even though her parents may not be able to provide her with many material things, they love her very much and are likely also learning new things from their daughter's experience at the project. The Compassion project at her local church is changing her life!