Here is the letter from sweet little Mita:
I wish my scanner showed the quality better -- and was in color! The picture she drew looks like trees or flowers maybe?? I just LOVE it - definitely going on the fridge!! :)
And here is the letter from Derebe:
I'm not sure what Derebe drew. It looks like maybe the Ethiopia flag, some sort of animal, and some buildings - a church maybe?? :)
I don't know if you can read the letters or not... Basically they each wrote a sentence or two and then wrote a prayer request. A teacher wrote below and translated everything:
Mita said, "How are you doing? Happy New Year! I am only a little child, thus I couldn't write much. I wish you success." How cute is that!? :) Then she said, "I need your encouragement" and her prayer request was, "Pray for me to be a good child and to fear God."
Derebe's letter said, "How are you doing whom I love? I wish you a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. I wish to live with my mom but I couldn't. I live in others house with problems. Nothing is impossible to God." (Poor little guy - I can't help but wonder what type of living situation he would be in if he was in deed living with his mother.) I had written him a letter earlier last year and told him to work hard in school because an education was very important. In this letter he said, "I need your advice to be a smart student" and his prayer request was, "Pray for my school and for me to be a good child."
It just warms my heart to know that I am a part of these two beautiful children - half a world away - getting the opportunity to go to school and learn with a full belly of food. Maybe they even colored these pictures with the crayons I sent them!? :) The Good Lord has definitely poured out his blessings and love on me, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to share that with these kids.
My plan is to (hopefully) actually GO to Ethiopia with Karen Wistrom and the Hope Chest team she leads this November...to actually MEET my kids!! To say I am excited for this possibility is just a slight understatement!! :)