And now the year is officially half over! Here's what we're thankful for this month. :)
This month we received letters from Carlos (2) and Mishel in Peru; Reine and Barry in Burkina Faso; Juan in Colombia; Mary and Austin in Kenya; Sandier in Honduras; Amisha and Kajal in India; Tasya in Indonesia; Elisha, Said, Bonifas and Elifagason in Tanzania; Caleb in Uganda; Kevenel in Haiti; Erick in Ecuador; and Habimana in Rwanda! That's 20 letters!
One of our correspondents graduated this month- he was able to graduate early, so it was really unexpected! We got Cristobal in El Salvador at the beginning of the year, and hadn't heard from him yet. His financial sponsor had not written to him in a very, very long time, so I hope that he enjoyed getting letters from us for these past few months!
We had seven birthdays this month! Amisha in India turned 8; Gloria in Kenya turned 9; Samoresh in Bangladesh turned 15; Kevenel in Haiti turned 9; Erick in Ecuador turned 6; Yekersew in Ethiopia turned 8; and Emmanuel in Kenya turned 4!
This month, we celebrated one year of correspondence with Reine and Barry in Burkina Faso, and Erick in Ecuador!
OK, I definitely didn't expect to get so many new correspondents this month, and I think that I won't be getting any more for a while. We lost two this month (Cristobal to graduation, and Cristian in Mexico because his sponsor wanted to start writing again.) But I had already received several kids in June because Compassion had a need, and then I found out that another sponsor was having to give up several of his correspondence children, so I offered to take some of them on. And then, of course, another random kid showed up on my account that I had not requested, but am happy to write to. So, without further ado, here are Athi, Shivanand, Brian, Celestine, Festus, Purity, Emmanuel, Sukumar, Maria, Bijay, Abdias, and Jagannath. Athi, Shivanand, Sukumar, Bijay, and Jagannath are all from India. Maria is in Mexico and took the place of Cristian, who was also in Mexico, and Abdias is in Haiti- he's the one I wasn't expecting. : ) The rest of the kiddos are in Kenya, meaning I now have 15 children in that country.
I think I already posted about sending them in last month's Compassion Joys post, but this month my gifts to Norma in Nicaragua and Anahi in Honduras should be delivered! I'm so excited about them, particularly Anahi's. She is really special to me and I put a lot of thought into what I sent to her. And I don't know Norma yet because we are still waiting on her first letter, but I think that getting a gift from us after years of no letters will be a nice little surprise. :)