Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Letters for Lavin: Kenya Announcement

One of my goals for 2013 was to write my sponsored daughter, Lavin, more frequently.  When I was in Kenya, I had the opportunity to pass out letters for the children from their sponsors.  I saw the excitement and joy when they received communication from their adopted parents.

Last year, I only wrote three or four letters to Lavin.  My excuses were perfectly valid: I was busy, I kept forgetting.  However, I've agreed to be a part of this little girl's life.  I provide for her.  My words to her are valued.  When I send her things like "I love you" and "I'm proud of you" and "Try hard at school because you are worth it," they make an impact.

For the month of April, I am actually sending Lavin two letters.  I will share with you the official "April Letter" later in the month, but for now, I've written Lavin with news of my journey to Kenya in June.

Here is the cover of the letter:
And this is what I wrote on the inside:
Things I talked about in the letter are:
  • Telling Lavin about my return to Kenya in June.
  • Asking questions, such as: How is your health? When do you take your exams? How did you celebrate Easter in your church? How are your friends?
  • I talked about Easter a little bit (the purpose of Easter, not things like Easter eggs and chocolates). 
  • I shared a prayer request.
  • I told her how proud I was of her and that I was praying for her. 
And, like always, I stuck some goodies in with the card.
 I included:
  • Three pictures of me and family members (with names on the back of each picture).
  • A little cut-out of a pretty flower.
  • A crocheted cross in a pouch.
  • Two Sillyband bracelets in the shape of puppies.
  • A couple of stickers.
Have you sent a letter to your sponsored child this month?  

If you would like to support me in my journey to Kenya this summer, I still have a little over $500 to raise.  You can donate directly through the Christian Relief Fund website, but be sure to specify that your donation is for "Emily's Kenya Trip."

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