Recently we published a story about Job, a promising soccer player from Kenya. We were unable to reach Jobís sponsor, Lynn Johnson, before publishing his story. We finally connected with Lynn, who was happy to share more details about Jobís talents and his flair for letter writing. Like Job, Lynn enjoys football, except that she prefers the American version.
About two years. I became his sponsor after another child I sponsored left the program. That child was from Kenya, too.
It seems like you have a good correspondence relationship with Job.
Well, he does real well. Iím not so good. But he writes wonderful letters.
Heís been to Nairobi a few times and he went to see the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
What are some of the things Job has told you in his letters?
He talks about his siblings. One of his sisters is going to be a designer.
In February 2010, he wrote that he had been in a film, and he had traveled to Nairobi for a competition. He wrote that he passed lakes and stopped at a rice farm.
He mentioned he would be going to South Africa to watch the World Cup. ìI canít afford to miss this wonderful trip,î he wrote.
What did he say about his World Cup experience?
He talked about flying on a plane and how the seats were in neat rows labeled 3A, 3B and 3C.
ìAnd thatís how you sit,î he wrote. ìThe plane was big. We saw rivers, oceans, mountains, valleys and clouds. We saw Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ö We slept in a school and ate chicken, meat and Weetabix.î
They left after watching the match between South Africa and Mexico. He was so appreciative of me and CFCA. It gives me goose bumps to read his letter.
How do you feel about your sponsorship?
Itís fulfilling and fascinating to correspond with a youngster so far away, to get these interesting letters about his life. Iím thrilled and humbled.