Is correspondent child receiving gifts from sponsor?

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I am a new sponsor to a beautiful little girl in Rwanda, Lea (RW3890136). And my daughter is very excited to be writing a sweet little girl in Togo, Vero (TG2050094). Since Vero already has I sponsor I wanted to see if her sponsor does any extra giving, like for birthdays or family gifts. Thanks!
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Hi Sally! It looks like Vero is still pretty young and she was just sponsored for the first time in January. Regrettably, there is no way to tell whether her financial sponsor will send extra gifts or not. 
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May I check periodically and see if they are? Also wondered since her sponsorship is so new are you certain they don't want to write to her? Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
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Sally, I apologize as I read the year that the financial sponsor started incorrectly. So sorry about that! Vero was registered in 2012 and the financial sponsor began sponsoring her in January 2013. However, the financial sponsor has recently indicated that they cannot write to her.
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No problem. Thanks Susan. Are you allowed to tell me if the sponsor sends her financial gifts? I understand if you are not allowed to disclose that info. But if the financial sponsor does not, our family would like to.
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Good morning Sally! You're so thoughtful for wanting to bless Vero in this way. Regrettably, we can't anticipate if in the future her sponsor will send her gifts but thus far, Vero has not received extra monetary gifts (birthday, general, or family) from her financial sponsor. 
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Thanks. That is helpful.
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It's that time for me to start summing up my birthday gifts for June and I need a bit of a refresher on which of my June baby correspondents are receiving financial gifts and which aren't. The ones I need to know are Agresia, Elizabth, Emily (one of the Kenyan 1000), and Khayla. The rest are either mine or new enough that I have recent info on their gift history. Thanks!
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Thanks for being so thoughtful, Lindsay! I know this will mean a lot to your kiddos. Alright here they are:

Since they started our program, Agresia and Khayla have both received one gift and that was last year but were just a general child gift. Neither have received a birthday gift in the past. 

Elizabeth and Emily have never received a gift. 

Hooray for birthday's! :)
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Thanks, Emily! I'm pretty sure those 2 gifts were from me so I'll go ahead and keep them on my list.
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Can you please tell which of my correspondent children have never received a financial gift? Also, we hat is the cap on financial gifts?

Can you see when I should be expecting the photo from Netsanet? I gave a gift in November but haven't gotten a photo yet.

Thank you so much ladies!
Audrey
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Hi Audrey! 

The following children have never received financial gifts: Sakinatou and Esther in Burkina Faso, Javier in Bolivia, Nahomi in Ecuador, Chhilai in East India, Peter , Faith, Samuria, Beatrice, Evance and Amina in Kenya, Jennylyn in the Philippines, Felix in Togo, Rachel in Tanzania, and Wadidi and Achola in Uganda. You can see our forum on gift options which provides minimum and maximum monetary gift limits. 

It takes 2-3 months for gifts to reach your child and then 2-3 months to receive a thank you letter. You can expect to receive your thank you letter and picture of your generous family gift by the middle of May. If you do not receive it by May 15th, please let us know and we will send an inquiry to our office in Ethiopia. 
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Thank you for your reply! So busy around here! I mailed out a ton of letters, with them I also mailed 2 checks for 2 of my correspondent kids. Can you please check my account to see if $30 was processed for Rachel? I see that $10 was,processed for Evance.

Also is there a history that Compassion keeps of written letters to and from sponsors? If so, can you please let me,know which kids I hand wrote last time? I was in such a hurry to get it in the mail I forgot to write down who I hand wrote :-(

Can you please look if I have any letters coming? Still anxiously awaiting Netsanets photo!

Thank you so much ladies!
Audrey
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Can you also let me know the last time Francila (Haiti) and Desire (BF) received any sort of gift or letter (Aside from me :-)
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Hi Audrey!

Regrettably, I do not see the $30 for Rachel. Did you mail it at the same time as the one for Evance? Also, it looks like the check for Evance was from a company, is the check for Rachel from the same company? 

We keep a history of what letters a sponsor writes (just the dates, who it's for, and whether it was a web letter or a physical letter). It looks like you last wrote a physical letter to Ragavan, Evance, Bonface, Antony, Emebet, Adjo, Sampebgo, Rachel, Netsanet, and Achola.

There are letters on the way from Munyeshyaka, Netsanet, and Wadidi.

I am really hoping that the letter we sent you from Netsanet has the thank you and photo in it for the gifts you sent in November. However, once you receive the letter, please let us know if it does not include a thank you and photo. 

Francila received one gift in 2008 but Desire has received a gift almost every year since 2009.
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Susan I sent you an email regarding the gifts. It wouldn't let me onto the forum yesterday.

Thank you!
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Hi Audrey! Thank you for your reply. I just received your email and sent you a response. I'm glad you were able to get back on this forum and we'll be looking for your reply to our email.
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Ok... I have another request (I also replied to the previous email), is it possible to find out if Emebet is attending school? When I started sponsoring her she wasn't and i hope by now she is. Online it says that it was a financial problem, I would be willing to pay for her schooling if it's allowed.

Thank you
Audrey
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Hi Audrey! You are right that Emebet's file says she is not in school for financial reasons. However, she was just registered into Compassion's program in September 2014. In most cases like this, the family was unable to afford school tuition prior to the Compassion program. Once children are registered, we do everything we can to make sure they are in school. The school year starts in September there so it is likely that she either started just after she was registered or will start school in a few months. For more on the subject of school, you might check out this conversation. You are more than welcome to send a monetary gift to help the family with tuition for Emebet. Regrettably, we cannot send an inquiry to see how much tuition costs because this communicates a promise to the family that you will provide the cost whatever it is. 
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Thank you Susan. I will send a special gift meant for tuition next month or so.

Have you found anything about the check yet?

Thank you,
Audrey
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After reading that other thread does Emebets center provide tuition or assistance? Is there an average of what school costs around her? Also should I send the money as a child gift or family gift?

Thank you
Audrey
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Audrey, I just got your email and am looking for your check in our system. I apologize for the delay but I will get back to you just as soon as I can on this. 
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Cool Beans! Thank you!
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Audrey, after looking further, it does not look like Emebet's center provides tuition assistance generally. However, they always provide supplementary education and materials, and really try to do everything they can to make sure the children can attend school. Regrettably, we do not have an average of what school costs around her. If you would like to send a gift, I would recommend sending whatever amount you feel led as a family gift and writing special instructions that this gift is intended for school tuition. You are welcome to write these special instructions in the memo line of a check or in the "special instructions" box during checkout on the website. 
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Wonderful THANK YOU!!!!!! Emebet is my daughters sponsored child, they are only 11 days apart in age, and my daughter is saddened that Emebets family might not be able to afford for her to go to school, so she is offering up some of her savings to help pay for Emebets tuition! God gave my 8 year old a heart of gold! I'm so proud of my daughter!
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Sorry to be a pest... any update on the check?

You ladies are so amazing!
Audrey
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Hi Audrey! No news from our end yet, but we have the correct department looking into it and we'll be sure to let you know when we hear back! When we submit a request for check research, it can take a few days. I'm sorry for the inconvenience but thank you for your patience with us! 
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Okay brace yourselves! I have another question! I also haven't received any acknowledgement from Emebet for the small gift I sent at the end of last year... and then it's should be coming up close to time to hear what she got with her birthday money. When were the letters from Netsanet, munyshyaka, and wadidi mailed out? I got 1 from Joel, but so far no others... Can you please look as see when the last letter from Emebet was? I want to make sure I'm not missing one.

Thanks ladies. Now that I'm back in the swing of things after having my son, I'm keeping yall on your toes lol

You guys are the best!
Audrey
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Audrey, I just confirmed that this check was received but it is still in process. I apologize as our system is a bit slow in processing right now due to some updates that we are making. However, you should see this check posted to your account soon.

I am sending an inquiry about the gift you sent to Emebet late last year. I show that the last letter she sent was at the end of December so I will mention that in my inquiry too.

The letters since Joel's letter were just sent at the beginning of May so I imagine that they could be still on their way to you but you should get them very soon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Aw! You just had your son? Congrats on the new addition. :)
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Thank you so much for looking into all of that! And I was hoping I hadn't misplaced any of her letters, but I only have her introduction letter. And we have sent her quite a few letters. ...

Yes I had my baby boy! He's so amazing! Although being a mom of 3 is quite taxing at times! But I love every second!
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How long does an inquiry take?
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Audrey, inquiries can take up to forty-five days but we will let you know as soon as we hear back.
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The Check for Rachel still is not appearing on my account. Do I still need to be more patient?

Lol Thank you!
Audrey
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Hello again, can you please tell me the last time/if ever C Yijaya Ragavan got a gift?

Thanks so much!
Audrey
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Hi Audrey! I'm so sorry for the wait in your check posting :(. I'm looking into the status of your check and I'll let you know what I find out. We are working hard to process all of our donations as quickly as possible but with implementing some new systems in that department, it has slowed us down a bit. We are grateful for your patience as I know it causes inconvenience on your end.

In regards to sweet Ragavan, his financial sponsors have sent him gifts in the past. He received a family gift and birthday gift in 2005 and then a birthday gift in 2006. His most recent birthday gift was actually just received in our office for him this month from his newest financial sponsor.  
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Thanks Emily! I wanted to send him a birthday gift if he wasn't going to get one. He's working so hard on school, and he's just so sweet!

And about the check, I'm just concerned about Rachel not getting it. Especially bc I told her about it in my letter.
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Okay, can u also plz tell me about gift history for Felix Kwami?

Thank you
Audrey
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Hi Audrey! for your gift for Rachel has been processed as of now! I'm so very sorry for the delay but your patience with us has been so gracious and amazing! Please rest assured that this will be delivered to her :).

Felix has never received a gift before. He's been in our program since 2012 and his first letter was from you. He's blessed by you!
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Teehee... it's gonna b small but he's getting a gift! I have left over birthday money. Thank yiu!!!! Also did yall see my post on FB about Emilys 2 girls?
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Audrey, you're so sweet! I just saw your post, sorry I missed it! I'm responding to it now:)
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Lol! I'm really not all that sweet, just trying to be keen to God's voice!
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Hi Ladies,

So I have a couple questions. Can you please tell me what physical letters I sent in May? Something isnt adding up on my end. 

Also, do I have any letters on the way? The last one I got was from Esther.

And lastly, any chance there is a reply on Emebet? 

Thank you,
Audrey
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Hi Audrey! :) 

You wrote letters to the below children in the month of May: 

Chhilai, Darmendra, Felix, Joel, Javier, Yokolamu, Bonface, Munyeshyaka, Nahomi, Fatuma, Desire, Netsanet, Christina, Masereka, Edras, Rakita, Raphael, Eunice, Desta, Abdulejabar, Eyasu, Eshetu, Yeabsera, Firomse, Michias, Belaynesh, Jemal, and Amanuel.

You should be receiving letters soon from the following children:

Shema (2 letters), Beatrice, Bonface, Desire, Samuria, Faith, Escarle (2 letters), Achola, and Faith.

Regrettably, we haven't received a response just yet regarding Emebet. Inquiries to our country office can take up to 45 days to receive a response but please rest assured we will contact you once we hear back from our office in Ethiopia. 
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Is it possible that the physical letters I sent haven't been processed yet? I ask because there are quit a few kids not on the list that I know I wrote too. I bet they haven't, (I still have baby brain so please excuse me), I think I sent out all those letters at the beginning of last week.
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Audrey, it's definitely possible especially since it's only been a few days! Another letter from you was just logged in our system but it's a web letter to Duban. If you sent several at a time, we might still be waiting to receive them in the mail or they just haven't been logged in our system yet :).
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Ok awesome, I sent 24 letters in that package lol so I'm sure it will take some time!
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I just got the inquiry back for Obed, they attached a copy of his letter... that's is so awesome! I'm happy to know he is well and has faith in God. I can't believe that only took a week! Still waiting on Emebet. ... every day I grow more concerned about her.

What happens if the 45 days pass and yall haven't heard back?
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I just got the inquiry back for Obed, they attached a copy of his letter... that's is so awesome! I'm happy to know he is well and has faith in God. I can't believe that only took a week! Still waiting on Emebet. ... every day I grow more concerned about her.

What happens if the 45 days pass and yall haven't heard back?
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I just got the inquiry back for Obed, they attached a copy of his letter... that's is so awesome! I'm happy to know he is well and has faith in God. I can't believe that only took a week! Still waiting on Emebet. ... every day I grow more concerned about her.

What happens if the 45 days pass and yall haven't heard back?
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I'm so sorry that posted 3 times!!!!!!! My phone is acting up :-/
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Audrey, no worries about the double posts. You must have REALLY wanted to ask us that question! I'm just teasing. :) Since we sent the inquiry for Emebet on May 15,  the 45 days would be June 22. If we do not hear back from Ethiopia by that date, we will send a reminder and give them an additional 15 days to send an urgent response our way. We will let you know just as soon as we hear back which I imagine will be in the next week or so. :) 
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Lol, yeah I kinda did! But it was an honest accident. And ok.... the wait is killing me, and having heard back about Obed so fast, makes the wait harder. I knew it was getting close to 45 days, so I just wanted to know what happened if we didn't hear from them...
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Audrey, I posted this on Facebook for you but wanted to make sure you heard. We received a response from Ethiopia and I just sent you an email with the results. 
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Okay, Sorry to post again. But I have a few inquiries that need to be made, unless I have letters on the way from them. 

These Kiddo's have been 6 months or Longer without a letter:
Obed GH3240050
Francilia HA2268111
Amina KE4240429
Escarle DR4660037
Peter KE2300355

Then These kids are nearing 6 months if my brain is working properly :-)
Darmendra IN9680090
Desire BF4610047
Jennylyn PH4060202
Chhilai EI7180227
Yokolamo UG8350157
Shema EI4440051

Thank you for looking into this for me ladies. I really appreciate it. I am so sorry for all the questions and concerns etc. 

I am definitely concerned about the kids that have been a solid 6 months, I am hoping that I will hear from them soon. 

God Bless,
Audrey
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Audrey, you currently have a letter on the way from Escarle that you can be looking forward to :). Our records indicate that you began corresponding with Peter, Amina, and Francilia in January. Because of this, we do ask that you wait until the beginning of July before we send an inquiry as a letter from these kiddos might be in process that we just don't see in our system yet. I hope you hear from them soon!

I am sending an inquiry to our office in Ghana to request that a letter be sent to you from Obed as it has been over six months and you should have received a letter from him by now. We will ensure he's doing alright and ask that he write to you :). Thank you for your concern for him!

You began corresponding with Jennylyn on February 5th, Darmendra on February 10th, Desire on February 16th, Chhilai on February 27th, Yokolamu on February 13th, and Shema on February 3rd. If you do not receive letters from these children by August, we can certainly send an inquiry but I pray you receive your first letters from each of them in the next couple of months :). 
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Oh praise tge Lord! Because of your previous response you can take
Shema
Escarle
Desire
OFF THE LIST!!!!!!!
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Emily thank you! I wasn't sure if I needed to tack on an extra month or not.

Thank you for inquiring on Obed.

You're guys hard work and patience with me is much appreciated. Truly it is

Thank you,
Audrey
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have any of my compassion children recived gifts? here is a list of there names and there numbersIvan Calle (BO1250762)Maheswar Majhi (EI4320172)Tamiru Menase Kebede (ET1650141)Birtukan Enyew (ET3780044)Hadi Bastanta Tarigan (IO1100263)Agrifa Ina Doku Bani (IO6790146)Richard Ikaya Eroni (KE4560111)Andrea Fabiana Mercado Palacios (NI2530240)
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Good morning, Marcy! Our records indicate the following:

Ivan, Birtukan, Hadi, Richard, and Andrea have never received gifts in the past. Marcia received a gift in 2008 and 2009 and one this year. Rifa received two gifts in 2013. 

Thank you for your love and care for these sweeties :). Let me know if I can help with anything else. 
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Would you be able to tell me to gift history for my three children (Sherly Gabriela, Shadrack, and Aleminesh) and how long they have been in the program/how many sponsors each has had?


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Hi Stephanie! I'm happy to give you this information on your kiddos :).

Aleminesh received one gift in 2005, 2008, two in 2013, and two in 2014. He's been in our program since October of 2003 and has had two sponsors. 

Gabriella (Sherly) received one gift in 2008, 2011, two in 2012 and 2013, and one in 2014. She was registered with us in January of 2007 and has had four sponsors. 

Shadrack received one gift this year thus far. He was registered with us in May of 2010 and has just had one sponsor. 

Let me know if I can help further :). 
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I would also love to know the gift history of my 3 Correspondents (Gisubizo, Joseph, and Angele) and my husbands 2 (Iradukunda and Robert). We would love to send a monetary gift on their birthdays/ Christmas if they don't usually receive any. My sponsor # is 3740834 and my husbands 3740829. Thank you!!
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Hi Jenah! You and your husband are so sweet and it's thoughtful of you to want to bless them so tangibly! After reviewing your accounts, Angele, Iradukunda and Robert have never received a gift. Gisubizo received one gift in January of 2014 and Joseph received a gift in 2011, two in 2013, and one this year thus far. 
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Can you tell me if any of my correspondence children receive gifts from their financial sponsors? I completely forgot that was a possibility. Also - can I get sponsorship history for Kevin and Sasahu, like how long in the program, how many sponsors, any letters, any gifts, that kind of stuff? Thanks so much!!

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Hi Kristen! I'm going to send you an email with the gift history for all of your children as well as the sponsorship history for Kevin and Sasahu. 
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Thank you so much!!!

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Has anyone received ANY acknowledgement of letters or monetary gifts to their sponsored child in Ecuador within the last 10 months?
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Hi Steve, welcome to the Compassion support community. We are here to serve you as an honored member of the Compassion family and, while I don't work for Compassion, I just wanted to ask and see if you'd been waiting a while to hear from your sponsored child. I know that thank you letters for gifts usually take around 6 months since it takes 2-3 months for the gift to reach the child and then 2-3 months for their letter to travel back but I think 10 months is longer than normal to go without hearing from your child. One of the ladies at Compassion who monitor these forums might be able to look into the situation for you if that is the case.
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Thanks for your response.  I was really hoping that someone who sponsored a child in Ecuador would confirm that they have heard from their child.  I do understand it's not typical to send letters and gifts and not hear anything.  I believe the folks in Colorado Springs are checking into it, as I've contacted them.  If my sponsored child has received the 7 letters, 3 cards, and 3 gifts then she knows someone cares.  I just want to know that she is receiving what I send.  Besides the form that was filled out prior to receiving a sponsor I have received only a doctor visit form.   
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Steve, it's my pleasure. I have the utmost respect and faith and confidence in Compassion and I can assure you that your child is receiving every letter, card, and gift that you send and that she knows how much you care about her. In a letter we just received from one of our sponsored children she shared with us that she could see the kindness of God through our sponsorship of her. I was so deeply humbled by that and I know that your child feels the same way about you. We don't sponsor any children in Ecuador, but we do sponsor a child in Colombia. We received our first letter from her, besides the letter that was filled out prior to sponsorship, almost 7 months to the day after we sent our first letter. I believe the first letters usually take the longest and then you should start hearing from your child more frequently. I know how excited you are and how hard it is to wait for that letter, but it is so worth the wait. I would just encourage you to keep pouring love and encouragement into your child's life knowing that you are having a huge impact on her future and that through your letters and gifts your child is able to see the love of Christ in her life in a tangible way. I'm glad to hear that Compassion is checking on it for you and I hope you hear from her very soon.
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Thank you so much for your follow-up!!  It’s difficult to pray for my sponsored children every day and then not feel the need to make sure I’m personally doing everything I can for them.  Maybe I should pray for me – for patience.

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I understand completely, Steve, and I know exactly how you feel. It sounds to me like you're a wonderful sponsor. I feel like I've grown and learned so much through this process of child sponsorship and patience and perseverance are definitely things I'm still learning. :) Sometimes I feel like God is using this experience to change my life as much as He is changing the lives of our sponsored children.
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May I please get an email with jpeg and gift and letter history for John Dela, Justin and Mirella?  Thank you.
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Hi Sara! I'm working on getting an email out to you now with information on your lovely new kiddos. Enjoy!

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