World Vision sends out wonderful progress reports to sponsors annually, and I received my first one for this year today!
This one is from the boy I sponsor in Albania. It’s folded into thirds, and when opened, is filled with colorful artwork and lists meant to let you get to know your child better.
There are things like the child’s nickname, grade, favorite subject and best friend’s name. Also included are areas to fill in the child’s health condition, and what World Vision has done to help the child if he has a health issue.
My favorite lists come later. One is titled “The animal that best represents me.” My boy chose tiger “because it’s beautiful and strong.”
Another says, “I was very happy when.” My boy checked the boxes next to “I received a letter/gift from you” and “You said I love you.”
It is with the progress reports that sponsors receive an updated photo of their child as well, and it is fun to see how he has grown since his last photo.
I guess for a while I’ll be stalking the mailbox not only for letters, but also more progress reports!
I receive many letters from my sponsored children throughout the year, and like all children, they often have a funny way with words. Sometimes the letters leave me chuckling, and other times teary-eyed. I’m going to share some of these funny and loving tidbits more regularly, and will post under the title “Love in Letters,” so that you, too, can enjoy these remarkable children.
This is the ending of a letter from my sponsored boy in Albania, 8 years old:
“The number of fishes and eels are there in the sea,
That is the number of greetings I sent to you.”
I love it, and look forward to sending him just as many greetings.
Note: I did not include my boy’s name in this post because he is from Albania, which is one of World Vision’s restricted countries. Sponsors are asked not to share names or photos of children from these countries. The majority of families in these countries are not Christian, and World Vision follows local laws and customs in order to work there.
I received a Christmas card this week from my sponsored boy in Albania.
He wrote a message inside: “Dear Friend, I wish to you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs!”
The children’s drawings used to make the card are beautiful, and the card includes the verse Matthew 2:10: “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”