"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

Monday, November 29, 2010

This is Compassion.

Great video that I saw first on THIS blog I follow. I hope I'm in Shaun's shoes someday & I'm able to meet Efrata as well as the other kids I correspond with.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Letter Day! From Vestine

Dated 10/23/2010 (recieved November 27th)

Dear Dan & Julie,

My beloved parents, how are you doing? I am also doing well and my family also is fine. I am now studying in primary six (6) class and I am 17 years old. When I am at home I like cleaning, cooking, and fetching water, then after I play with other children.

I also attend sunday school always and I sing in the children's church choir.

My studies are going on well. My best subjects are mathematics and English. I thank you for being my parents. i will be your good child. My family members send you greetings in Jesus name. May God bless you.

Dedication: Read Isiah 40: 29-31

and along No. 60 from my hymn book. (I'd love to know what this is!)

M. Vestine

Isaiah 40: 29-31 reads
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

She also drew me a picture. The first picture I've recieved from any of the kids! :)
She drew a flower (Says Ururabo)
Another flowers (Says Akarabo)
A bible with a flower (?) (Says Bibilia)
and a bird (says inyoni)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Welcome little Tadesse

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This is the sweet face I saw when I logged into Compassion today & found Ashenafi gone. (See post below.) I guess it softens to blow of losing a sponsorship so unexpectedly.

This little cutie's birthday is April 12, 2006. He does not attend school because of financial problems. He has the chore of running errands. (What a different world! He's so little!) He likes soccer & playing house. His parents are married & are both sometimes employed as "loading & unloading." He lives in Wolisso, Ethiopia. (Again Ethiopia! They know how to pick kids for me!)

I hope he's ready to be spoiled rotten with STICKERS!

A little shocked

I logged into my Compassion International account today to send emails to my 4 Compassion kids. What a shock to see a new face! And an even bigger shock to see that Ashenafi was gone. Nanese's photo was no longer on her account. I knew that she had aged out. I was expecting that and this is the first sign that she has left although her information is still there. I'm going to attempt to send one last letter to her. I was not expecting to lose contact with Ashenafi. He graduated college and he's an accountant! I hope that the Lord blesses him and he finds a good job & can overcome poverty. He's healthy & attending church & choir. I'm happy that he's doing well and I'm very proud of him. I wish I could have said goodbye.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Letter Day! From Nanese in Haiti

Dated 9/7/10

Dan & Julie,
Today I am very happy to write you this letter. My family and I are doing very well thanks be to God. How are your family and you doing? I hope you are doing very well with Jesus. My spiritual life is going very well. I always go to church. I did well in school. I pass my exams. Pray for me to work hard in school. During the vacation, they organized a nice football championship in my area. Many other areas came to take part in it. They gave a nice gold cup to the champion team. Thank you for the nice card that has pets on it you sent me. Thank you for the picture of Calel (Caleb) and Hunter. I don't live near lake and ocean. Do you have ocean close to your house? I know how to swim. I have goat and sheep in my house. As chores, I clean the house, sweep. I have siblings. My favorite subject is English. My family member's name are: L--, A--, and J--. L-- is my sister, A-- and J-- are my siblings (brothers?) Thank you for the nice gift you sent me. I bought a nice skirt with it. I love you. I will pray for you.