Friday, July 22, 2016

Jazmin in Peru

Alejandrina Jazmin
May 30, 2000

We first began corresponding with Jazmin in June of 2010. I was headed to Peru on an advocate tour and the boy we were corresponding with suddenly left the program. I was so disappointed because now I had no child to meet on sponsor day. After a call to Compassion, they quickly connect me to Jazmin and we started our correspondence. I received two letters before meeting her, but she had not yet received any of my letters. In 2013 we made the transition to being her sponsor. So far we have received 36 letters from her, and I've had the wonderful opportunity of meeting her.

Jazmin lives in the northern, coastal region of Peru and attends PE 374 - Sonrisas Felices

Jazmin is the oldest of three children. She has a younger sister, Lucero and younger brother, Josue. Her parents are Rafael and Diana (my mom's name is Diana, so naturally I love this connection).


  • color - pink / sky blue
  • food - duck with spaghetti and spinach sauce / noodles with chicken
  • activities - playing and dancing
  • Bible verse - Mark 12:30-31 / Mark 16:15
  • subject - math

At project:
  • learning to make earrings, bracelets and chains
  • learning crafts in workshop (embroidering tablecloths)
  • taking dance lessons at school
  • likes to read
  • helps clean at home and do dishes
  • puts lost teeth inside the mouse cave.
  • sister also attends Compassion project
  • house made of sun-dried bricks
  • dog named Pelusa / dog named Roki
  • sleeps with mosquito net
  • doesn't know how to swim
  • bought blouse and shorts with gift , bought siblings clothes with gift (see photo below)
  • celebrates Independence day on July 28
  • goes to Nazarene Church
  • had surgery to remove lipoma from armpit (2016)

"I want to thank you for giving me the chance to get to know you face to face and visit Lima. I thank you for the gifts you gave me such as the Bible, which is the best gift I could have ever received. I want to tell you that I had a very good time them. I have gone to places which are not in the place where I live. I had lots of fun. To tell you the truth, I am very happy to get to know you. "

"Please pray for my dad so that he will know the Lord Jesus." 
"I'll close with many kisses."    "I'll say goodbye with kisses / hugs."

In August of 2010 I traveled to Peru and met Jazmin, her mom and her younger brother. I remember being so nervous about meeting her, and then being so confused when the Compassion staff introduced me to Jazmin. You see, I was expecting to meet a girl named Alejandrina....I smiled and then told the Compassion staff that there must be some mistake because my girl was Alejandrina, not Jazmin. Well, she goes by her middle name. I love it because my violin's name is Jasmine (and has been for over 20 years!).

This was the very first time I had ever met one of my Compassion kids and I was so amazed that she and her mom traveled 23 hours by bus and car to meet someone they hadn't even gotten a letter from yet. And she brought me so many gifts she had made. It was just precious. We had such a fun day together. I was also spending the day with David, my LDP correspondent, and he did a great job including Jazmin in our conversations and games.

we played a lot of frisbee that day!

I've written a couple posts about Jazmin and you can read those by clicking the links below:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Give Your Child the World

Our family loves to read. I like to read so much, that I often read books about books that I should read. Books like Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt and Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson are great resources for parents wanting to guide their children to good books. And now Jamie Martin has released a book called Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time.

The first several chapters are Jamie's story about having a global family (she's married to an English man, they have one biological son and have adopted a son from Liberia and a daughter from India!) and how they invite the world into their home through books and other means. The second part of the book is divided geographically and Jamie lists wonderful reading selections (categorized by age appropriateness) to further explore the world we live in.

I seriously wish I had written this book, but am also grateful Jamie did it for us. I recently went through the book and looked at the countries where Compassion works, then ordered several books from our local library. I'm looking forward to sitting down with my girls this week and enjoying stories from all over the world, and am sure we'll learn more about the countries where some of our sponsored children live.

I was so excited about this book that I pre-ordered my copy and it arrived on release day. When I came, I glanced at it, then put it on my bookshelf and planned to really look through it later in the week. The next day I got a text from Yvonne, saying that my quote made her smile. I didn't even know what she was talking about, but she sent a picture so I grabbed my copy and found a quote I had submitted! What a fun surprise to be included in this wonderful book. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nadege in Burkina Faso

Nadege Wendnongma
Septemeber 25, 2007

We began sponsoring Nadege in December of 2012 after an acquaintance of mine traveled to Burkina Faso with Compassion. Her stories were heartbreaking and I learned that Burkina Faso was one of the worst when it came to countries oppressed by poverty. This friend had traveled extensively and yet had never seen anything like she encountered in Burkina Faso. I was moved to sponsor a child there, and little Nadege, in her pink Little Mermaid shirt captured my heart. 

So far we have received 19 letters from Nadege. She lives in the community of Lan, which is located 170km from the capital city. She lives with her parents and siblings. Her home is 2km from the project, which she walks to each Thursday.

Nadege attends BF 508 Tchiobi at El-Shalom church. 

  • food - rice
  • color - yellow
  • pet - cow
  • activity - singing / playing dolls / washing dishes / hopscotch
  • verse - John 13:35 / James 1:5
  • Bible story - Zacchaeus

Miscellaneous info:
  • wants to be a teacher / nurse / doctor
  • likes histories in the Bible
  • aunt lives in Ghana
  • gets a 3 month break starting in July each year
  • received medical checkup at project in which she learned to sleep under a mosquito net at night to prevent malaria
  • received a vaccine for meningitis
  • wants to visit America
  • has cardiac problems
  • received following gifts: dress (3 times), candy, soap (3 times), spaghetti, shoes (2 times), pants, oil, biscuits, cookies

She has told us a couple times that her parents are not "trusting in God" and don't want her attending the center. Another time she asked us to pray for her dad who "does not want me to go to church."
"I am doing well. I think he who dies in Jesus will live. But my parents do not trust in this. Pray for my parents so that they trust / come to Jesus and let me follow the program."

In August 2015 her mother wrote, 
"We are so glad to write you. How are you doing? How is your job and your work going? Thank you for all that you are doing for our daughter. We pray God to bless and protect you. We are so happy of you. This letter is wrote by Nadege's mom. Nadege says in the picture is her mom, her elder sister in green shirt, her two brothers and herself with the dress in yellow."

"I am doing well. I think he who dies in Jesus will live. But my parents do not trust in this. Pray for my parents so that they trust / come to Jesus and let me follow the program."
"Thank you for your letters that was talking of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I have learned a lot. Talking of the 10 commandments, we've had the chance to talk about them at the project. The aunty told us not to tell lies, steal, kill and many other things."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Esther in Uganda

Nabuduwa Esther
August 30, 2007

We began sponsoring Esther in January of 2014. Since then we have received 12 letters. I don't remember exactly how Esther's sponsorship came about, but I know I was drawn to her because of her name...One of my grandmother's was named Esther and I've always loved the name.

Esther's parents are very young and she has a younger sister, Mary. In another letter she reports that she has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She attends UG 836 Buyobo CDC and goes to the project 3 times a week.


  • subject - English
  • food - rice and beef
  • color - yellow
  • game - jumping rope / hide and seek / skipping
  • Bible story - Zacchaeus
  • animal - cow
  • holiday - Christmas
  • sport - dodge ball / running

Miscellaneous info:
  • wants to visit Kampala to see tall buildings and cars
  • staple foods - plantain and cassava
  • bought 3 hens, coat, plants and shoes with a gift we sent
  • bought dress, open shoes, hen and food stuff another time
  • wants to be a teacher
  • likes to make music by dancing and clapping
  • wants to learn how to drum
  • likes to draw and sing Sunday school songs

The drawing of the house is what Esther imagines she'll someday be able to build.

Friday, July 8, 2016

What to Write ~ Commandment 7

I've been writing a series of letters to my kids based on the 10 Commandments. You can find my other letters in this series by following the links below.

  1. first letter (introduction)
  2. second letter (first commandment - no other gods)
  3. third letter (second commandment - no idols)
  4. fourth letter (third commandment - don't misuse God's name)
  5. fifth letter (fourth commandment - keep the Sabbath day holy)
  6. sixth letter (fifth commandment - honor your father and mother)
  7. seventh letter (sixth commandment - do not murder)

And now for the eighth letter discussing the seventh commandment...


This is an exciting month and year for us. Twenty years ago (July 20, 1996), Kevin and I got married. I'll be honest with you - I was nervous about getting married. My parents had recently gotten divorced, and Kevin's parents were in the process of getting divorced, so I was hesitant to enter into such a big commitment.

You see, marriage is a big deal. It's a covenant between two people and God to share their lives and be faithful to one another in all circumstances. There are good times and bad times, ups and downs, joys and trials, but through it all we are to remain faithful to one another. This is what the seventh commandment addresses...."You shall not commit adultery." Exodus 20:14.

When a man and a woman get married, they join their two lives together and become one. When you make decisions you no longer think, "what is best for me?" but instead think, "what is best for US?" It's a partnership. You could also think of it as a team in which you have to work together to make it work.

Marriage is a promise between two people and God. We need to keep that promise daily and choose to love eachother. Remember when I said the first the first four commandments teach us how to love God with all our hearts and the other six teach us how to love others in the same way? This is a perfect example of how both go hand in hand. When we are married, we are commanded to love our spouse in the same way we love God - wholeheartedly and with complete faithfulness. It's what God has commanded of us and it's a way we can show our love and devotion to God.

I've been praying this prayer every day recently....
"O God, you have taught me to keep all your commandments by loving you and my neighbor: Grant me the grace of your Holy Spirit, that I may be devoted to you with my whole heart, and united to others with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord."

We love you and are praying for you.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Marlon in Nicaragua

March 25, 2001

We began sponsoring Marlon in February of 2015. I had just returned from a trip to Nicaragua and felt inspired to sponsor more children from Nicaragua in the future - as some of my current sponsored children graduated and left the sponsorship program, I would replace them with children from Nicaragua. My friend and fellow Compassion blogger, Hannah, was corresponding with Marlon when he lost his financial sponsor. She posted about needing to find a sponsor for Marlon and I remembered my desire to add kids from Nicaragua...thus began our sponsorship of Marlon.

Please head to Hannah's blog for her post on Marlon.

So far we have received 7 letters from Marlon.

Marlon attends NI 149 Hijos de Abraham Student Center. He lives with his grandmother, who earns money by selling tortillas on the streets. In one letter he said his family consists of his father, Grandmother, Aunt/Uncle and cousins.


  • class - math
  • food - chicken
  • color - green
  • pet - dog
  • Bible character - Joseph
  • game - soccer

Miscellaneous info:

  • wants to be car mechanic / engineer
  • received medical checkup at project and vitamins
  • celebrates Independence day on Sept 14 with a parade
  • received school supplies from project
  • celebrates birthdays at project
  • loves Christmas songs and the colorful lights

"I deeply appreciate you keep sponsoring me and also the letters, calendar, stickers, pictures and everything you sent me. I ask you to pray for me always."

Monday, July 4, 2016

Antoni in Dominican Republic

January 28, 2003

Antoni is one of our correspondent children and we've been corresponding with him since April 2013. So far we have received 13 letters from this boy. 

He attends DR 408 Integral Development Eben-ezer and lives in the coastal community of Las Pedras Sector, Sand Pedro de Macores. He lives with his mom and has never met his father. More than once he has mentioned that he would like to meet his father.
"please pray for my father, even though I don't know him, but I would like to." 
"In the future I hope to meet my father, Jose."

Some of his favorites:

  • class - math
  • sport - baseball / basketball
  • story - Creation
  • color - green
  • verse - Psalm 23
  • food - rice, meat and beans
  • animal - dog
  • activities - play video games, play with cars, puzzles
Other miscellaneous info:
  • wakes up at 7:30 am  / goes to bed at 11:20 pm
  • wants to be a carpenter and build houses
  • asks prayer for grandmother often 
  • At the project he writes letters, plays sports, does group activities, takes Bible classes and goes to birthday parties
  • siblings are Celenia and Rosa
  • goes to church with parents
  • likes school - is a "meritorius" student

We sent him this sticker in a letter and he sent it back to us!

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