" MY SOUL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD, AND MY SPIRIT HATH REJOICED IN GOD MY SAVIOR "
THE CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
Hello Dear Sponsor of the First Congregational Church!
I hope you are in good health. I have already received each card you sent me. The ten of them are very beautiful. This is the second time I know your family in the portrait and all of the cards are very beautiful. I liked them very much. Thank you for the birthday cards. I liked all the drawings I have!
Let me tell you about my studies. Here, the classes were suspended because of the pandemic. However, the teachers are sending us our school assignments to be done at home. Each 15 days we send them back done and they send us another package so we can learn a little of our subjects.
I have just passed to the third semester of the Senior High School. and as always, each year they change the student groups. Although not all are changed. Some of my previous classmates went to another group.
How are the classes there? Have they already begun or are the students studying online or end study guides?
This is all for the moment, dear sponsor. I thank you again for the cards! I say so long to you and I wish you are successful in your job. May God bless you. So long!
Mariano Mendez Jimenez
Say hello to Mariano Mendez Jimenez, our sponsored youngster through ChildFund International. Mariano turned 15 in January, 2019, and is the cousin of Damian Cruz Martinez who First Congregational Church sponsored for approximately ten years. First Congregational Church became Mariano's sponsor in February, 2012.
Mariano lives with his aunt in a one-room house (along with a kitchen and a bathroom) in Petalcingo, Mexico, a small town of 6,274 residents located in southern Mexico not far from the Guatemalan border. His mother, Aurelia, and father (Carlos) and three siblings live nearby. He participates in the community organization, Sakubel K'inal, A.C., which is located in his town. At Sakubel K'inal, Mariano participates in their education, nutrition and health programs, and learns how to care for his personal health as well as the value of eating healthy. Mariano's favorite game is football (soccer) and he likes to bead. His favorite subject in school is math. Mariano helps his family by doing house(hold) chores.
Mariano is in the third year at his local junior high school. Besides math, Mariano also loves history. In his latest Progress Report, Mariano was asked to complete the following: "If I had a superpower, I would like it to be ..." His response: "that there be peace and justice in the whole world."
Child Fund International is inspired and driven by the potential that is inherent in all children; the potential not only to survive but to thrive, to become leaders who bring positive change for those around them. The heart of ChildFund International remains the one-to-one connection made between a child and his/her sponsor. Child Fund International began in 1938 with an effort to build orphanages for the children who had been left without homes or families in the wake of the second Sino-Japanese War. These orphanages were funded by individuals in America who “sponsored” an orphaned child in China. This approach continues today. What began as a modest effort to build and operate orphanages, has evolved into a global force working for children encompassing the globe. Child Fund's area of excellence and great strength is their deep understanding of children’s experiences of deprivation, exclusion and vulnerability, and our dedication to placing those experiences at the center of our policy and practice. For more information on Child Fund International, please visit their website: http://www.childfund.org
Letter From Mariano Dated January 29. 2020
Dear Sponsors of the First Congregational Church,
I send loving greetings and hope you are in good shape. Thanks for the birthday card you sent to me. I am excited about it and thanks for keeping my birthday in mind.
Thanks for the Christmas card and 2 bookmarks too. I liked it all. I hope you had a great Christmas just as I did. My family and I spent time together. Happy holidays to you all!
I take the “growing without violence” workshop and we learn about respect for others and bullying. We played games and did crafts with paint and other materials. We made color-paper flowers with scissors. I hope everything goes well with the Christmas services.
The bookmarks will be useful for school. I attend High school #67 and this is my first year. I close now and send warm hugs to the whole congregation. I hope to hear from you soon again.
See you soon,
Mariano Mendez Jimenez
Mariano Mendez Jimenez
Fondo Para Ninos de Mexico
Apartado Postal 19-129
03901 Mexico D.F.
Petalcingo, Tila, Chiapas
Hi. My name is Lauren. I'm nine years old and I live in America.
I have a guinea pig and a dog.
I'm in the fourth grade, and one of the subjects I learn is Spanish. In fact, I just had a Spanish quiz in class.
In my spare time I do gymnastics and karate, and in the spring I play softball, too.
I also like to play with my friends.
I would like to be a scientist when I grow up.
My name is Jacob. I go to elementary school. I'm in third grade.
I also have an older brother named Zachary and an older sister named Brianna.
My favorite foods are pizza, steak, french fries, and chicken.
My name is Evelyn, and I have a sister named Allison.
Allison and I like to do Tae Kwon Do.
I am 9 years old and Allison is 6 years old. I like to run and play video games. I also like school.
Allison likes to go to school, too, and we have nice teachers. I am in fourth grade and Allison is in first grade.
Allison and I have a lot of friends.
We like to watch movies, and we also like to go to the movie theater.
Allison and I like to eat candy.
My name is Ricky.
I love races.
I am eight years old.
I have three cats, one boy cat and two girl cats.
I play soccer.
I like hockey.
I like to play games on the computer.
My brother is Ryan.
My name is Ryan and I am twelve years old.
I live with my parents, my older sister, and my little brother.
My brother's name is Ricky. You will read his letter, too.
My hobby is to go on the computer.
I play soccer, but I prefer basket ball.
I think it is real cool to write letters to someone in a different country.
Now it is my turn to write.
Hello, my name is Zachary (but you already know that). I'm going to tell you about my favorite food: I like pizza, popcorn, french fries, and chicken. I don't like a lot of things because I am a picky eater.
What do you like to eat, Mariano? Do you like playing sports? I do. I'm ten years old and go to the middle school.
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