Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Step Into My Shoes: Week 7

We just completed our 7th lesson of Step Into My Shoes, which equated to Step 4: Enough Hope. Juanito wanted to watch the video first this week:

Step 04: Enough Hope from Compassion International on Vimeo.


We loved how this movie showed our Ugandan host family at church! Juanito and Rosie loved hearing the singing and watching the dancing.



Juanito and I were able to discuss the differences and similarities between our church and the church on the video. Juanito noticed that this church was little and our church is big and that his Sunday School class is in side and the kids in the video were outside. Although Juanito pointed out that sometimes his class goes outside! But both churches sing to God and both have classes for the kids. I was really surprised at how much Juanito noticed and how fascinated he was to observe how others worship God.

Next we sang "No Te Afanes" or "Do Not Worry" (from Steve Green's CD…it's in English and in Spanish). After singing we read in Juanito's children Bible, first the sermon on the mount where Jesus says not to worry and then Matthew 6:9-13. Compassion suggests other memory verses, but we are just sticking with the first step memory verse since it is taking us a long time to memorize.

Then we read A Country Far Away and Manuel & Manuel. And we closed our time by writing letters to our kids Feraol and Ndikubwimana. Juanito wanted to ask them about their church, so I wrote as he dictated (with minor editing!) and he decorated the cards with stickers. Here is the letter to Ndikubwimana:



If you're reading about SIMS for the first time, you can check out what we did for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6!






About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Compassion ABCs: I is for

I is for...

India

Compassion began its ministry in India in 1968, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started. In 2003, the Child Survival Program began, followed by the Leadership Development Program in 2004.Currently, more than 136,400 children participate in 570 child development centers. 

To learn more about Compassion's work in India and see children waiting to be sponsored, go HERE


Indonesia


Compassion began its ministry in Indonesia in 1968 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.Compassion also began working in East Indonesia in 2000.  In 2005, the Leadership Development Program began, followed by the Child Survival Program in 2009. In 2007, Compassion Indonesia expanded its ministry into the eastern island of Sumatra. A satellite office was opened in Kupang in 2009 in order to effectively minister to the eastern Indonesia island area known as Nusa Tenggara Timur. Currently, more than 106,300 children participate in more than 555 child development centers.

To learn more about Compassion's work in Indonesia and see children waiting to be sponsored, go HERE



all information for this post was taken from Compassion's website

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wrapping Up Our Compassion Day in Nicaragua


After our home visits we headed to lunch and then went back to the Compassion Project. I had my violin with me and got to play a mini-concert for our kids (and several others who happened to hear and come in the room).






After the mini-concert, it was time to take some final pics and say goodbye....










It was a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Meeting Kerlint


Our final home visit was to Kerlint's house. My mom sponsored Kerlint shortly after my husband's trip to Nicaragua three years ago. He is almost a birthday buddy to my oldest daughter, having been born just two days before her. Kerlint is an only child, like my mom, and has a really bubbly personality (also like my mom). He lives with his parents and grandparents. In fact, it was his grandfather who spent the day with us.



Kerlint's grandparents own and operate a small store out of the front room of their home. When we arrived they gave us each a bottle of water from the store.




Kerlint brought our a folder of all the letters and photos my mom has sent him in the past three years. He was so proud of them. Even the stickers she had sent were unused and treasured. It was weird to see photos of myself and my daughters from a couple years ago in his house. I've heard stories where sponsored kids bring out their sponsor's letters to show how much they treasure them, but to have it happen right in front of our eyes was pretty cool.





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Step Into My Shoes: Week 6

This week Juanito wanted to start by singing "Alabad en Jehova" or "Give Thanks to the Lord" (from Steve Green's CD…it's in English and in Spanish). And then we read Matthew 6:9-13 and the story of Jonah in the children's Bible.

Next, we read A Country Far Away, since Juanito loved it so much last time and remembered the story. I think we'll be reading this again each week now! He really loved the map on the last pages.



After reading A Country Far Away, we watched the Step 3 video, Enough Water.

Step 03: Enough Water from Compassion International on Vimeo.



Juanito was absolutely fascinated by watching the kids collect water. And I have a new found appreciation of the running water we have in our house! We discussed how we find water in our house but these ladies (princesses) have to gather their water and carry it. Can you imagine carrying 44 pounds of water on your head for a mile and a half? Enough said…please watch the video!

Then we read Manuel & Manuel, a book that his aunt wrote for Christmas! This cute book is illustrated by two of my siblings and some of their young friends. It's a story of a Manuel in the USA who sponsors a Manuel in Bolivia! If you'd like to see more of the book and sponsorship kit my sister gave to Juanito, check out my post here.



Finally, after reading about sending letters and talking about Juanito's Compassion siblings, Juanito wanted to draw pictures for Jose and Franco, two of our sponsored kids. Juanito spent about 30 minutes drawing and writing, paying great attention to detail! He also added fun stickers.



Even Rosie wanted in on the fun!



If you have any thoughts for helping your toddlers relate to their Compassion siblings, I would love to hear!

If you're reading about SIMS for the first time, you can check out what we did for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5!






About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Meeting Maria


As I mentioned before, due to some communication errors, Maria did not know we were coming. After some Compassion staff sent word for her, she showed up in a beautiful, green dress and sneakers. It was precious. 




When we arrived at her home, I absolutely was not ready for what I saw. Just thinking back to that moment when we pulled up brings tears to my eyes. I've seen poverty in Peru and Thailand and Mexico. I'd already been in homes in Nicaragua that I would deem unsuitable. But I was not ready for this. 

We quickly learned that eight people live inside this home.





Maria's mother, Margarita, was the only other family member we met. She is just recovering from a long illness caused by mosquitoes (but not malaria). You could tell she was proud of her daughter. When we asked her what her family needed most she said "health and God". 




I am so thankful that my mom sponsored Maria shortly before this trip. And I'm so thankful for all the pretty things my mom brought her.




There were additional buildings in the back, where other family members lived. This was very common in Nicaragua - for homes to include several smaller families within a larger family, all using the same piece of property to live.




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Meeting Ana

We met Ana on behalf of my brother and his family (Henry and Ana). They sponsored Ana about a month before our trip. I think Ana was very confused at first about who we were and why we were meeting her. She was at the project waiting to meet us, but had just been told about our visit that same morning.

Ana's father works for the electric company during the week, and on Sunday's is a barber out of his home. This front room was his barber shop.




We stayed in the front courtyard of Ana's home, but I took a few photos of the living space. I don't know how many people live back here, but I think it's more than one family. I really wish I'd been a bit more forward and asked to see more of the homes. 


Rosario (Ana's mom) and Josue (baby brother)

I don't remember this girl's name, but she is Ana's cousin



My mom is showing the family photos of Henry and Ana and explaining how we know them. Henry is not my biological brother, but has been unofficially adopted into our family. We've known him since he was very young and he really is part of the family. This other woman pictured is Jhemmy, our wonderful translator.



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