Apologies up front – I meant to get this posted yesterday for Mailcall Monday, but it just didn’t happen. I’m knee deep in VBS at my new church this week and it’s been a process to adjust to such a big congregation. I’m loving it, but it’s taking a toll, too. Tonight’s my last night to teach the Missions class – prayers would be appreciated 🙂
Well friends, I’m in the middle of a letter down pour and it is AWESOME!!
If you remember, I shared last Monday about the 3 letters my sweet Emily from Ecuador had already sent me this month. She really is a letter writing wiz-kid!
Anyway, when I checked the mailbox last Friday, I was surprised to find another letter from her 🙂 (I don’t think there will ever come a day when I’m NOT surprised to find a letter from my sponsored kids in my box – even when I’m expecting them, it’s still like a dream until I hold their words in my hands)
In this letter, Emily writes:
Dear Emily, May God bless your life and your family. I am well. Thank you for your help and for the letters, cards, stickers, and photos that you sent me. It is ot here and it is raining. Today I started school. My favorite subject is drawing. My family and I are well and thankful. It does snow here, just in the sierra, where I live is the coast. Thank you for what you do for me. I am praying for you, that you are well.
With Love, Emily
This letter has a ton of good information in it! She wrote it on April 16, which tells me that I need to mail her “back to school” themed letters in January. I’m also happy to hear that her favorite subject is drawing. It’s something that I can relate to – being an artist, myself. 🙂
There was also another, very cool little thing about her letter. A small blue heart-shaped sticker. A sticker that I had sent her, she sent it back with love. She used the small gift to decorate a letter that she may never see again. Big smiles here.
On Saturday, I woke up early and went to my maternal grandmother’s house with a bucket full of ripe tomatoes and a mission to leave with canned goodness to use this winter. While there, my grandmother mention her sink was leaking, and, since it was just like the sink at my house, I called my Dad to see if he would come over and fix it. When he got there, I jokingly asked him if I had another letter in the mail – I was NOT expecting one since I’d just gotten Emily’s the day before.
To my shock, he told me there was a letter waiting for me at the house – and not just any letter, a letter in a BIG envelope. You know the one, the “Oh hello! I’m the bigger than normal Compassion envelope and I usually contain photos or special drawings just for you” envelope. I couldn’t wait to get home.
3 cans of tomato goodness later, I was able to check the my mail and found an answered prayer. When I opened the letter, I could immediately tell it was from Ecuador – every letter I’ve gotten from there (with the exception of the template letters) has been on the same blue stationary with a little boy and his dog praying at the bottom. After knowing my letter writing queen had been on a role I then assumed that the letter was from her.
Imagine my surprise to find an amazing letter from my handsome correspondent boy, Josué.
It’s been over 6 months since I’ve last heard from him – so long, in fact, that I called Compassion at the beginning of the month to see if everything was ok. They are currently doing a field check to check on why he hasn’t been writing. The awesome thing about this particular letter that he sent is that it was written on March 20 – Over 2 months BEFORE I asked for the field check. It makes me happy to know that this letter isn’t a “hey, you NEED to write your sponsor” letter, but instead is one that he, himself, opted to write.
In his letter, Josué says:
Hello dear Emily, I feel happy to read your letters, I’ve never received so many. I like to play baseball and my team is called “Liga del Sur.” Yes, I’ve baked cakes, of chocolate and pineapple and other flavors, I like to cook. We are in winter and it is raining a lot. Thank you for your sponsorship and for the photos. Keep praying for me and my mom. I am praying that you keep losing weight. I send you a hug,
When I called Compassion to check on Josué, I asked them if he had been receiving many letters, if he was accustomed to having his sponsor write to him. What they told me makes me so sad – and is the unfortunate reality of many sponsored children. Before I became his correspondent, Josué had received a total of 2 letters in 4 years. Only 2. And that explained so much. He wasn’t used to writing letters, he’d never had a sponsor that expected to develop a conversation with him. It was going to take time for me to get him to trust me, and believe me when I tell him I love him, that I’ll be here, waiting to hear from him, ready to encourage him and always praying for him.
But slowly, this 13-year-old boy (which also explains a lot) is starting to open up, to trust, and to share. Along with his letter, he sent 2 photos and a computer-drawn poster. The photos are of him and his baseball teammates. He’s easy to spot in the bottom photo – the second from the right. The top photo requires a bit of guess-work, but I think he’s in the middle, behind the girl with the #9 on her shirt.
Google-translate tells me that the computer-drawing reads:
Hello dear Emily
it is very beautiful
to me command
I am praying for your family
Clearly, I need to brush up on my Spanish, because that sounds slightly off – It’s the “Mando” part that is quirky. Anyone out there know a better translation?
Did any of you get any mail from your sponsored children this week? I love to read about it! I’m linking up over at Blogging for the Boonies today, and if you’ve gotten some mail you’d like to share, I encourage you to hop on over and link up, too!