Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Letters from Ethiopia

Earlier this week, I received an envelope in the mail - a little overstuffed - from Children's Hope Chest.  This is the organization that I sponsor my two kids in Ethiopia through, so I was excited to see what was inside.  Even their marketing material and newsletters are very interesting and convicting.  Little did I know - it was NOT any regular piece of mail...  THIS envelope contained two hand written letters from my kids at Trees of Glory - one from Mita (who is 5) and one from her brother Derebe (7)!!  I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the letters!  I mean I don't have any doubt that my money is specifically going to help these children (see my earlier post about the packages I sent them) - but to actually receive a LETTER from MY KIDS!?  SO EXCITING!!

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!! :)


  1. oh my melting heart ter!!! SO sweet and very encouraging for them to be writing letters. i really hope you can go visit them and that you continue to hear from them and see more progress! :)

  2. Teri - thanks so much for your blog link! I LOVED reading this and seeing your letters. Adorable photo at the top of your blog!! You have such a beautiful heart! Can't wait to meet you face to face someday soon. blessings - Karen Wistrom :)