Saturday, May 24, 2008

vicky mwikali kyalo

for the last year, I've sponsored a child through Compassion International.  her name is vicky mwikali kyalo, and she's from kenya.  she's one of 6 children, and she is 7 years old.  her father died, and her mother works as a farmer to provide for her family.  she loves to jump rope and her job is to help clean the house.

I love getting her letters in the mail, and they are usually accompanied by a picture that she has drawn.  today's letter moved my heart, so I wanted to share it with you... (it is written by jacob, one of the social workers)
"vicky greets you this Easter holiday and hopes this letter finds you well kept of the Lord.  she says that she is fine and has been doing alright in the Lord.  vicky narrates that this Easter season she will go to church, visit her friends, and feast on chicken and rice as she celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  she hopes you too will celebrate, but wonders how you do it in your home country.  she further states that she is very grateful for the Christmas gift you sent to her over last year december from which she was bought a dress and a pair of leather shoes.  she declares God's blessings and favor upon your life and the work of your hands.  she finally says thank you for being there for her and that God bless you and you do good ever, Amen.

this letter brought me to tears today.  vicky started school in the third term last year, and she's at the top of her class - 1st out of 45 students.

here's a quote from Compassion's website about the children in kenya:
Compassion's work in Kenya began in 1980. More than 55,900 children participate in more than 225 child development centers. Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Kenyan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

for just $30 a month, I have the privilege of helping to feed a child in need.  she is able to go to school, learn about Jesus Christ, and grow.  if you don't already, please consider sponsoring a child like vicky.  there are so many children in need, and what would you be giving up?  two or three meals out a month.

it's worth it.  a child's life depends on it.

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