Here is an edited letter that arrived from a Nigerian sponsored youth, Stephen, to his sponsor, Sarah.
Greetings to you. I pray and hope this letter gets to you in good health, a nice mood and above all, Sarah, a joyful and peaceful moment.
Stephen, 18, a CFCA sponsored youth in Nigeria.
How are you, my dearest friend, and how has life been for you?
Hope you’ve gotten a good job and how are your parents, siblings and everything in general. Are you still searching? I hope and pray you meet the right one someday. Let’s hope before the first quarter of next year runs out that you will be very much happy.
I am all right and in good health, together with my family. We have the Almighty to thank for it.
I am still waiting and hoping to be admitted into the university since getting into the university is very difficult and very much expensive, even after attaining the senior school certificate examination result.
However, the delay has not stopped me from making many findings about the world and getting more awareness of what I am required to possess if I really want to help God’s little children of the world.
I did some research on the Internet about UNICEF to see what it really takes to work with such organizations that care for the needs of children.
Of course, Sarah, you made me go this far. Remember “shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you will land among the stars?î
This has made me see no limitations to achieving whatever I desire in life, owing to the care you’re taken upon yourself concerning my well-being.
Once again, Sarah, you’ve been more than just a sponsor or even a pen pal. Just to let you know, you are on my list of my first five role models.
My dearest friend, hope you will love this; here are some things I found out we have in common:
- Alphabets of names ‘S': Sarah, Stephen
- Second child of our families
- Father’s name, David; my brother’s name, David
- Our love for little children
- Your knowledge about medical science, my desire to study pharmacy
Dear friend, I would like to know how you have been coping with challenges facing you.
Just want to say a very big thank you for all your love, caring and understanding toward my well-being.”
Says Sarah, “Being a sponsor to Stephen has been and continues to be such a treasured experience for me. I had the privilege of becoming a sponsor to Stephen several years ago. Being able to be a pen pal, friend, cheerleader, encourager and prayer support for Stephen, and watching him grow through the years into a grounded, caring, intelligent young man with heart for God and others, makes me feel like a proud parent! His thoughtful letters always bring light into my life, and I have such hope for the future of the world with individuals like Stephen reaching out to those around him. I am so excited about what CFCA is doing for these families, and I am humbled to play a small part in their mission!”