I’m still running immensely far behind. I am trying to keep up, both for my own record of the love of these children, and for anyone reading this.
My next correspondent girl is Aisha:
Aisha is a 9 year old girl living in Uganda. She lives with her mother. Her mother sells by the roadside making approximately 12 US dollars a month. Her parents are separated. Her chores at home include making beds, cleaning, carrying water, gathering firewood and helping in the kitchen. She likes to play group games, play hide-n-seek, run, read, draw, and jump rope.
I can’t wait to get to know this sweet little girl!!
I want to introduce you to a young man who was put in my life and in my heart for a short time. This young man was assigned to me as a correspondent in March, only to have his financial sponsor drop him and lose him in April. However, because I still pray for him and because he is so precious, I want to share him with you.
This is Prithiviraj
Prithiviraj is a 13 year old young man from India. He lives in a community that has been overtaken by alcoholism. Neglect and abuse run rampant in the small village. He lives with his mother and father who are both employed as casual laborers. Unfortunately, I do not know much else about him. But, he will always hold a piece of my heart because I firmly believe God places each of these kiddos into my care for a purpose. I hope my two short months of letters, photos, and goodies helped to encourage and affirm him. And I pray that he will be loved and cherished by everyone God has ordained to love him.
I know I’m terribly far behind in my blog, but I am working on catching up. Please bear with me. I’m new to this and haven’t kept up with it like I would have liked to.
The next correspondence kiddo I was assigned was Celina. Look at this smile!
Do you see that in her eyes? That is HOPE for sure! My heart melted when I got her picture. Such a precious kiddo! Celina is a 13 year old girl from near Mombasa, Kenya. She likes to sing and recite poems. She has many chores including washing clothes, cleaning, and helping in the kitchen. She lives with her mother and her father is no longer alive. Her mother is sometimes employed as a casual laborer making approximately 30 US dollars a month. Their community needs improved sanitation, AIDS prevention, and employment opportunities.
Her smile already encourages me and I cannot wait to get to know this precious one!
Through a crazy set of channels, I was connexted to a woman named Julie who founded an organization called Love Mercy Uganda. This organization is a sponsorship program to support the Good Samaritans Childrens Home in Kampala, Uganda. I was deeply moved. I have been being wooed to Africa by God for MANY YEARS now.
God made it clear: THIS is where I was supposed to go. And within just a couple days it was set–next spring I will travel to Uganda with Julie to volunteer at the GSCH in Kampala. I suspect this will be a recurring trip!! If I had no health or money barriers I would already be there! But, alas, it is a process and I must travel it.
The BEST news is that I am going to Uganda!! I will be mothering motherless kiddos–what I was DESIGNED to do! I can hardly wait! As a bonus, I will be able to visit my Ugandan Compassion kiddos while I am there, if all goes according to plan. How cool is God?
Uganda here I come!!
(and if you feel so led, you may contribute financially to my trip here: http://fundly.com/beth-s-trip-to-love-on-african-orphans)
My next correspondence kiddo was Koki. She is a Kenyan beauty who lives in rural Kenya, set apart from the urban culture there. Rural Kenya is much like most of rural Africa with indigenous religions and scare food and education. She is my first from rural Kenya. My Anastacia lives in Urban Kenya, but those are truly like two different worlds.
Precious, huh? I think so! Koki is an 11 year old girl whose chores are running errands and cleaning. She likes to play with dolls and play group games. She lives with her mother and father who are both employed–her mother as a farmer and her father as a casual laborer. Her family makes approximately 30 US dollars a month. She lives in Mutomo, Kenya and her community needs food, affordable education, housing, and clothing.
I cannot wait to get to know her better!
I was very excited to receive another correspondence boy from Togo. As you know, I have such a heart for Togo and its children. The culture and spiritual oppression has moved me deeply. I was so excited to receive his information.
Benjamin is a 13 year old boy from near Lome, Togo. His chores are washing clothes and running errands and he likes to jump rope. He lives with his parents who are both employed, his father as a barber and his mother as a petty trader. I am unsure of how many siblings he has. They earn approximately 33 US dollars a month. His community needs food, improved housing, and affordable education. He lives very close to my Yayra who is also in Togo. I wonder if they know each other? They go to different Compassion Child Development Centers but the towns are literally touching. How neat would that be? I am so excited to add him to my compassion family!
I cannot explain much because of confidentiality issues, but I have been battling on behalf of a girl I care deeply for in court. Her parents abused her and both custody and criminal issues are being addressed. I have been absolutely heartbroken for this little tyke. At the same time, I have felt so helpless. I was in desperate need of some comfort. Who knew this is where it would come from?
Right after a court hearing, I found an e-mail containing the news that I had a new correspondence child from Indonesia. She reminds me so much of this little girl I have been agonizing over. I wish I could tell you them all, as it would be a powerful testament to our amazing God. Suffice it to say God filled my heart with comfort and joy as he gave me a new sweetheart to love.
Welcome to my beloved Cori!! She is ten years old and has a beautiful smile in all her pictures! Her mother is deceased and she lives with her father and a sibling. Her father suffers from chronic Ulcers and is receiving medical care through compassion. Her dad is a truck driver earning approximately 66 US dollars a month. Her chore is running errands and she loves dolls, group games, and jumping rope. She lives in Oesapa, Indonesia and her community needs food, housing, libraries, and clothing.
I cannot wait to get to know her better. I know she is a special gift from God, soothing a wound in me. I also know she is a special task from God–giving me the opportunity to love and encourage her faithfully.