I always find the springtime one of the hardest times of the year to get through, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Christmas break is now a distant memory, winter still drags on, and the rain keeps coming down. Sometimes, we all need a little encouragement to get through the rainy days.
My much-needed encouragement came from an unexpected place.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of reading a beautiful goodbye letter from Viviana, a former World Vision sponsored child from Colombia. She wrote to her sponsors as her sponsorship ended and she finished high school:
Dear Mike, Jennifer, and all of the members of my second family,
I want to tell you that you have been with me since I can remember, and I keep you in my heart. Thank you for all the help that you gave me.
I always dreamt of meeting you, giving you a really big hug, and thanking you for everything. I want you to know that I love you dearly.
Your letters made me really happy, and every time I got one I tried to translate them so that I could know for sure what you were saying. It made me really happy when I could finally see you in pictures. I still keep them, and the letters, too… Thank you for always being with me and for all your support.
I finished school and now I am studying accounting. I want to study business administration, and I work really hard to be able to achieve my dreams. I know that the memories that I have of such a beautiful family that sponsored me for so long will give me enough strength to keep on going with my studies and to be able to get ahead in life and be a great human being.
My [life] improved since you started giving me your great help. I will always ask God to keep you in good health and united as a family. I will also pray that the hope that you have to change the world never dies, union makes strength.
Viviana holds a picture of her sponsors—her “second family” who have changed her life. (WV/2011)
May our Lord always be with me and with you and may the angels keep you always. I will always remember you and I will keep you in my prayers.
I do not like saying good-bye… but I know that there are a lot of children that need your help to be able to get ahead in life the same way I am right now. I will always love you.
Life will not be enough to thank you for your great help.
P.S. The most wonderful thing that could have ever happened to me was to have such a beautiful family as you...
Thank you, Viviana. Your words make even the rainiest day much, much brighter.