Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Writing to Kigonya
Awhile ago I wrote about my decision to sponsor a child in Uganda through Compassion International. My child's name is Kigonya John, and he's 8 years old. I recently received a letter from him (they translate our letters for each other), along with a few pictures that he drew. It's hard to fathom just how different his life is from that of an 8 year old growing up in the US. Tonight I wrote back to him, answering his questions, telling him more about us, and also sharing a picture of my family.
In some ways, it seems a strange juxtaposition that I have 2 very different pen pals. One was a 25 year old US soldier in Afghanistan who is now home and will soon be visiting me. The other is this 8 year old Ugandan boy living in a tiny, remote village in Africa. I wonder if I'll someday have the chance to meet Kigonya, much like my son Ben met his sponsored child in Rwanda last year (see his blogpost about that here).