Some letters feel like endearing hugs. And I love hearing from these incredibly sweet children that I’m going to be visiting in a few days! I’m taking a quick break from packing my suitcases to share from the letter I received today from one of my older Honduran boys, 12 year old Samuel. We’ve been corresponding for the past 8 months, and he already has opened up to write very touching letters.
In talking with several new sponsors recently, they’re full of questions of what to write, and I love giving ideas to help them connect with the heart of their sponsored child. My kids enjoy even simple letters about the birds that I see here, or even trees and plants that I like. Even though I’ve already been to Honduras to visit some of my kids, I still am surprised by some of the glimpses into their lives that I receive through their letters, such as this one here…
It’s HOT in Honduras! HOTduras is my affectionate nickname for this country! And I can’t imagine living in a hot place in a city without trees for shade. That little glimpse gave me a whole new visual picture of Samuel’s living conditions.
With the level of poverty that these children face, it impresses me so much that their heart to succeed is so that they can provide for the needs of their families. Several of them have shared their dreams with me, and they are not for themselves, but in order to serve. The dream is to be someone “important” in life so that they can help their family.
If you are new to corresponding with a sponsored child, share about your relationship with God, and encourage them in developing their own personal relationship with Him. For me, there’s nothing more important, and I hope that each of my children will grow to share this same passion.
So now back to packing… and praying for packing miracles to get everything in my suitcases!