In the next few Compassion Tuesday posts, I will be introducing you to my newer sponsor children. Of my six kids, four are new to me this year. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Gabriela.
Gabriela is 9 years old and lives near the city of Oruro, Bolivia. She is actually my third child from Bolivia, and my second named Gabriela. Weird, huh? I guess that must be a popular name. I only sponsored my first Gabriela for a few months before she moved out of the area where Compassion serves.
When my first sponsor child left the program, Compassion sent me a girl named Erika. I sponsored Erika for several years until she graduated from Compassion’s program at the age of 15 late last year. When Erika graduated, Compassion sent me information on my current Gabriela.
I’ve only been sponsoring Gabriela since January of this year, but we have already gotten to know each other. When she writes me, it feels much more like a conversation than a letter. She has answered my questions and asked a few of her own. I feel as though I’ve gotten to know her more in the past 10 months than I have some of my other kids in years of writing. I’m not sure if it’s her age or just her personality, but I love it!
She is also a pretty good artist. She told me drawing is one of her favorite activities.
I recently received a new photo of Gabriela.
Do you recognize the shield on her jacket? Gabriela attends a project run by a Salvation Army church. 🙂
I’m looking forward, and hoping for, many more years of sponsoring Gabriela.