I had a letter from Anjali, my very first Compassion child, whose sponsorship I took on in 2009. She was writing to thank me for the money she received at Christmas time, and to show me that she bought a suitcase that could be used by the whole family with it.
She also included perhaps the longest letter I've ever received from a Compassion child. She is one of the children who can read and write English, so communication isn't as stilted as it is when you have to go through a translator and she is starting to write more than the usual health questions and answers and Bible verses that I get from all the children. Her letter was a bit repetitive, but I loved reading it. I feel that after five years, we have actually started a real correspondence.
I was tickled to see her new photo. I was remembering back to my choosing her in the first place. I can't remember how I heard about Compassion, but I decided to investigate and, my god, if you look at the photos of children wanting sponsors, your heart just melts for each of them, especially the little ones. I was just looking through all the photos to see if any spoke to me. I didn't really care about age or gender or country, just looking for a picture that spoke to me. I found this picture of her.
She's little and cute and has a fat face. I saw myself as a fat kid at about her age (though she's not as fat as I was) and I pictured her without any friends, being made fun of and decided that this was my kid. Look at the picture at the top of the page, at what a slim, beautiful woman she is becoming. In the photo I received of her last year....
...she sill had a bit of a little girl look to her face, but I see that slowly disappearing and signs of the young woman that she will become too soon there.