Before anything else, I want to express my gratitude to you for taking the time to read my letter. My name is Wendy Eugenia Tino Coj and I am nine years old. Currently, I am in second grade again. I receive face-to-face classes and hand in homework three times per week. Unfortunately, the pandemic has affected my learning a little. Last year, I did not learn enough, and because of that, I am repeating my grade. However, I am trying to do my best to go ahead. In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my siblings and studying. Let me tell you that my parents struggle a lot to cover our family expenses, and that is lovely. My father works in a workshop as a mechanic helper, while my mother weaves and raises domestic animals for selling. All of us live in our own house, which is made of adobe, tin sheet roof, concrete floor, running water, and electricity. This has two rooms and a small space to prepare our meals; this is made of tin sheets and wood. My parents, siblings, and I do not spend much time together because we are busy studying, and my parents work hard.
However, last Christmas we spent a beautiful time together; we prepared “tamales” (a typical dish) to celebrate at home. My family and I are members of Full Gospel Church, which is an hour’s walk from our home. Our God has been merciful and wonderful with us because Covid-19 has not affected our health or our economy; we have had all our necessities. However, our church closed because of the virus; during that time, we were worried and sad because we could not attend it. Living Water had to close too. Nevertheless, the Adopt a Child staff did not stop working and they provided us with food parcels which were a great blessing. Fortunately, the feeding program is opening again and that makes me feel happy because I missed attending it. I usually walk twenty minutes from my home to the road to catch a bus, and after ten minutes, I get to the feeding program. Lastly, I want to tell you that my mother gave this information to an evangelism team member to share with you my last news. I say goodbye for now, but do not forget that you are a blessing to my family and me. See you later!
Sending you the warmest hugs,
Wendy Eugenia Tino Coj
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary