Merry Christmas from Guatemala December 30, 2011

Just before Christmas I received emails from San Pedro with 76 scans attached – all letters and cards that the Beca students in San Pedro had written and created for their sponsors. They are all very sweet, both sent and received with gratitude.

I’ve chosen 3 sets to include here; each contains a letter and the outside and inside of a handmade card plus translations.
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From Evelin Elena Quiacaín González
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To My Dear Sponsors, Stacey and Mike Holeman:

Hello again, and I hope this finds you well and enjoying the blessings that God gives us every day.

It’s now year’s end and the season’s celebrations are approaching – the season for spending time with family and friends. God has given me many blessings this year, one of which has been this scholarship. Thanks to you, I’ll be able to stay in school so that I can become a professional. This has been one of the greatest gifts that I’ve received this year, because I will be able to continue my education.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. I hope you have the very best of times. May God bless you.

Sincerely,
Evelin Elena Quiacaín González

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Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

To My Dear Sponsors, Stacey and Mike Holeman:

Smiles like stars. Little eyes bathed in light and renewed hope. All yearning dreams. May this message deliver good will, so that this Christmas and New Year bring much happiness, good fortune and prosperity.

May the Baby Jesus be with you and bless you with happiness!
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From Rosemary Magdalena Chavajay Raxic
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San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá

To My Dear Sponsors, Mariah and Greg Brink:

In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, my family and I send you our warmest regards. I hope that you are enjoying success in all your daily endeavors, and that this finds you well and in the company of your loved ones.

I’m writing this letter to thank you for all the things that you give me all year long. I appreciate it very much. I pray to God for you because I’ve found two people that really love me and that are so special to me because of the love, affection and support they’ve given me. May God repay them richly and may the Virgin Mary give them abundant strength and health. Thanks again for everything.

I’ll say good-bye for now with lots of hugs and kisses. May God pour many blessings upon you. Remember that your sponsored child loves you very much and I’m going to keep praying for you so that God will give you a long life. I love you very much.

Sincerely,

Rosemary Magdalena Chavajay Raxic
Your goddaughter

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Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

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To My Dear Sponsors, Mariah and Greg Brink:

In the name of Our Former and Creator, my family and I send our warmest regards. I hope that all your endeavors are rewarding. May God reign over your home with peace and joy this Christmas and may the happiness remain within you always.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. May Baby Jesus pour many blessings upon you. Lots of hugs and kisses. May God watch over you.

Sincerely,
Rosemary Magdalena Chavajay Raxic
Your goddaughter

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From Juan Carlos Chavajay Navichoc
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To My Dear Sponsors, Sharon and Gary Brink:

My family and I send our warmest regards and wish you success in your work and home life.

I’m writing this letter to tell you that I passed eighth grade, and that next year I’ll be in ninth grade. Thank you for giving me this opportunity –people like you are hard to find. Thank you also for the things that you’ve given me. I could never repay you, but perhaps God will. I will always pray to God so He may give you abundant life and wisdom in your work, because you have been very good people.

I’m very happy now because I finished my classes without any setbacks. I thank God for making it possible to finish my classes.

Christmas and the New Year are approaching. I hope you have a great time in the company of your family.

You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts every day. May God bless and protect you always.

Affectionately,
Juan Carlos Chavajay Navichoc

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To My Dear Sponsors, Sharon and Gary Brink:

December has arrived, and with it, the customary warm regards, wishing you love and harmony in your home as a Christmas and New Year’s gift, and that God’s blessing for you be prosperity.
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And finally, from me

My gratitude is boundless:
::: for the staff at the Cooperativa school for their ongoing help and support of the Beca Project, including offering help as needed with these letters and many more in the past and future;
::: especially for Mynor for his capable and time-consuming efforts with the financial end in Guatemala and for great communications including scanning and sending these;
::: for the students for their hard work and for accepting this challenge to write a new future for themselves;
::: for their parents for supporting their continuing education;
::: and for the sponsors and others who have donated money in a shared spirit of life-changing generosity.

Best wishes for a productive, healthy, and happy 2012!

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