Monday, April 1, 2013

Sweet Greetings

On Mondays, blogging Compassion sponsors often post the letters they may have received during the week. I am linking up with Blogging from the Boonies- please check out Michelle's lovely blog and the wonderful Compassion-related resources she posts there.

I'm so happy that my letter drought has finally ended! I only got one letter this week, but it was a very important one- our first letter from Victor in Kenya! We got Victor as a correspondence sponsorship 5 long months ago, so it was great to finally hear from him. This was not a "getting to know you" form letter, which I assume got lost in the mail somewhere along the way- this means we still don't know much about Victor and his family. But I am so thankful to receive a letter from him at last!

Dear Jessi, 
Receive my greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. I hope you are fine together with your family. Here in our family we are all doing well by the likeness of God. I hope you are praying for me to have a good result. I thank you for Christmas gift that you sent me. That gift was nice to me, even my parents were joyful for that. Things that I was given were some gumboots, a vest, and toothpaste. 
I enjoyed my Christmas day in the church until noon. After church service I went to the pitch where I enjoyed the celebrations with my friends. Here in Kenya it is hot and dry, especially our area. I hope one day we will meet one another. I am still praying for you and your grandfather, that may God heal him with his own medicine. Also remember to pray for me. 
And lastly I thank you for the letter you wrote to me, it was nice and enjoyable. May God bless you. Goodbye!
Your beloved child, 
Victor Otieno

Wow! What a great letter! I enjoyed reading about what Victor got for Christmas. When I wrote back to him this week, I told him I was glad he got some toothpaste because it's very important to take care of our teeth! : ) I like the fact that Victor mentions several times that he hopes I am praying for him. I tell my kids I am praying for them in every single letter I write. Victor's repetition of this fact shows me that he has strong faith and knows the power of prayer- which is great! And I felt like crying when I read the way he signed his letter. He IS my beloved child. I am so thankful that I got this letter, so I can finally feel a real connection with Victor. I can't wait to see what he has to say next!


  1. Yay! I have gone exactly one very long month without a letter, so I am glad that you got one finally! :) And it is a great letter too. He hopes that he will meet you already- how sweet!! It is funny that his picture and letter are so different, you know? Sweet letter :D

    1. Victor looks so serious in his pictures, and for some reason I connected that and his long silence and came to the conclusion that he just didn't like me! Which doesn't make any sense since that picture was taken before he was assigned to us! I'm glad to get to know him better. : )

  2. I'm so glad that your drought ended with a first letter!!! I also haven't received any form letters from our correspondence kids assigned from October-December...the first letters have just been "normal" forms, if that makes sense.

    That's so sweet that he calls himself "your beloved child"....and I love that he's asking for your prayers! I also love hearing what the kids buy with their gift money!

    Thanks also for letting me know that Said calls his schooling "forms"...that's helpful to know! I bet Magreth's letter had a translation error (or a reading error on my part!).

    1. Hmm, I wonder why there weren't any form letters during that period at the end of 2012? That's pretty weird. Our last correspondence child was assigned to us in January. We are still waiting to hear from her- hopefully we will soon!

      It's funny how many different terms are used for education around the world. I have heard "form" used in different countries (including Said's), so I took a guess! It might be worth checking out an online encyclopedia article on our kids' countries to try to understand more about their school systems and stuff (I do this whenever I get a new sponsor child, but I don't always retain the information!)


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