Monday, February 22, 2016

Compassion Letter Writing #3: The Impact of Visits

It's no exaggeration to say that, among children sponsored through Compassion International, their biggest dream is to meet their sponsor. I have been blessed to visit 32 of my sponsored kids in 12 countries, and while it hasn't always been the picture-perfect, fairytale day we all hope for, there is no doubt in my mind that it is the fulfillment of a dream.

Here is a sample of what I've received in my letters, in regards to visits.

Part 1 - Throwing It Out There With Subtle Hints
I would like to meet you because I would like to know you and your toys.

J asks God that you come to Ecuador. She wants to see your eyes and tell you she loves you.

I wonder if we will be able to meet face to face someday.

I would like to hug you. You are very kind. If God allows it I will be able to meet you.

I want to tell you that I love you and I would like you to come and meet me face to face.

My dream is to meet you someday.

I would like to meet my sponsor because I want to know your face and way.

I’m looking forward to your visit and I’m very happy to meet you.

I would like you to come to Chiapas so I could meet you.

I hope that the day we can meet comes soon and we will enjoy together.

I would like to meet my sponsor Mr David because I want to hold you and shake hand with you.

Some day I would like to visit your house, meet your family and be able to see the wonders of your beautiful country. I would like to get to know you, hug you, and thank you for each of the details you have had with me, the events of your life you share with me and the pictures you send me.

I am praying that you could come to visit me to be able to hug you so much.

Someday I would like to meet my sponsor.

Someday I would like to see my sponsor and Jesus.

Someday I would like to meet my sponsor because I love him and I miss him so much.

I want you, David, and your student friends to visit and play together at Thailand.

K concludes by saying he is longing to see you soon.

I am glad to express that about your lovingness upon me. I hope one day we meet together. I pray for this good chance.

J loves you, and for her, the wish to know you is the most beautiful in her life.

She wants you to know that she would like to know you in some moment to share with you nice moments.

When will you come to see us here in Brasil? I liked to know your toys Sam and Ted. Will I play with them one day?

I like all your verses and keep all your letters, I wish to show them all to you some day.

She would like you to come to celebrate her birthday.

I ask God for the opportunity to meet you.

I hope meeting you some day and you can be able to meet Nicaragua.

My dream is to meet you in person so we can take lots of photos together. That way you can share them with all your other kids.

If I could travel anywhere in the world I would like to go and meet you.

I wish to meet and hug you. I want to spend a special day with you like you do with the children in the photo, I want to take photos of us.

I will pray to God so He heals you soon, and also so we can achieve the dream of knowing each other personally and sharing a soccer game together. I would like to listen to you play the piano.

J also says that she would like to meet you someday.

Part 2 - Dream Fulfilled!
I am so happy that day we were in Manila that is my first time in Manila and first time in airplane. I am so happy that I see you and hug you and got a picture with you. My favourite part of our time together is where in the bus that you share lots of stories about your family and your cute nephew and where in the sea lion that we play the Australian football. That is my favourite day with you. And thanks for the gifts that you gave, bag, teddy bear, picture of Australia, book of Australian. Thank you so much. I hope I’ll see you again one day. I am very excited because I am 1st year high school (junior) now, new friends, new teacher and new school room. I use the bag that you gave to me. I share lots of stories about you and your family, with my new friends in school. I say what you did with me and what we doing when we were in Manila. I am so happy to share with them.

I always remember when you came to visit me, I will never forget those moments we shared, I enjoyed when we were with all my family.

I also want to say that J is the happiest child because she can meet you, that day was the most beautiful of her life and she would never forget that day and she will keep it in her heart.

It was good that you came to my country and I am thankful to the Lord for you. I never thought that I was going to know you in person and I loved you here. I loved being by your side and that we could go to the pool. I hope that we can celebrate many birthdays together and it was unforgettable. I cannot forget all the times that I could hug you and I remember you and it was wonderful to be with you. It is going to be in my life forever.

I remember all the moments we were together. I know that when this letter arrives there we would have seen each other and it is going to be great. Please, when you come here, please bring me the baby Amelia, because I just saw her through the picture and I like her very much.

Thanks for coming to visit my country and family. And I also thank you for the lunch and also coming to visit the place where I receive my classes.

Thank you for your visit at my house, the presents and the outing. Everything was very good and I will remember that day for the rest of my life.  I will receive a CD with all our pictures from the Project and every day I will remember these two days we spent together. They were funny days, full of fun and emotion. Thank you very much for everything.

The swimming pool day was very good and thank you for coming to Brazil and know me.

I also say thank you very much for coming to Brazil and for the day we spent in the pool.

I am missing you and I want to see you again.

I also want to say thank you for your visit and I loved it very much, you are very funny.

She loves your letter, pictures, teddy bear and especially your presence and her family and everyone else here in the Project were also happy.

My favourite day was the day we saw each other. I was happy.

I was very happy because my dreams would come true, I am so eager, that will be an unforgettable day for me and my family, it’s the first time the sponsor will come to visit. I know it was your decision, our dream would come true. Thank you for the time you give me.

I pray for you every day because now I know that dreams can come true asking God with all the heart. Thank you for all the time you gave me and for giving me your love and attention.

I am happy, like with your presence in my humble home. It was so great when you were with me. I will never forget that day. If I lived with you it would be a great life, sad-happy, full of blessings and joy. I ask God for the day that you would come to my humble home.

I thank you so much for your visit. It was a wonderful surprise for me.

Thank you for visiting me and it was a great blessing to me and to my family. I am praying that we can see each other again.

I am so happy that you came to visit me. I dream to give you a big hug.

J says that she was so excited when you visited her house and ate together.

I want to tell you that I felt very good about your visit to all my classmates and I invited them to come to the Compassion program because it is a great blessing the gifts we get.

I hope you can come to Chiapas again. I will be waiting for you to hug you and tell you that you are very special to me. I hope you will come back to Chiapas. We will be waiting for you with much joy.

I hope you can visit me again soon. I will be waiting for you to give you a lot of kisses. I love you!

Thank you for coming and give me the opportunity to meet you. You are so kind, and feel that God have many beautiful things in you. I was very surprised I never imagined that you would give a surprise like that.

The visit you paid to her area pleased C a lot, and it really motivated her.

I want to thank you because you’ve visited me and for sponsoring me. I’m still very excited.

When you came, it was one of the best days of my life. I have enjoyed your company and joy. I remember what you said to me, and that you were coming back, and you were going to learn Spanish.

I tell you that I am still thankful for the time you came to visit me home, that time you made me feel happy. I was very nervous but I felt very happy and that’s why I tell you are very nice. I always take the koala you gave me to school the Thursdays also, to make me company like if you were there.

You are very good with me. I had a great time that day too, what I remember most is when you played the instrument in church.

When you came, the time went by really fast. I like sports a lot so that when you come back here I would like that you teach me your favourite sport that you like to play.

My family and I are very thankful to God for the life he gave you and for the opportunity He gave me to be able to meet you. It was really nice when you came to La Paz, it was really fun, but I was scared of laughing too much.

Dear Coach David, Thank you for visiting us in our house. Thank you for taking us to Jollibee and Robinsons. I am very glad that we played Uno cards. I really enjoyed that time. Thank you for being my sponsor. You are really kind. I will never forget all the happy memories we had when we strolled and played with my siblings at Robinsons. I will miss you so much. My favourite part of the visit was when we played Uno because you taught me, my siblings, my Mom and Coach AM how to play it. Thank you again.

I want to tell you that I enjoyed each moment I shared with you and your family. I also enjoyed meeting you.

I am very much excited to meet you in person here in the Philippines.

Thank you for the bond that we have last April in Manila. I really enjoyed being with you. I enjoyed riding on the plane for the first time. I miss you Mr David.

I expect your visit with joy, I’m so excited and I felt the most blessed person by God, since He gave me a sponsor like you.

She said that she misses you and she loves you very much.

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