I fondly write this letter hoping you are healthy. I am Fredy Morente de la Cruz, and I am nine years old. This year, I am in third grade. I receive face-to-face classes from Monday to Friday, and my schedules are from 9:00 to 12:00 pm. Besides that, I look for information on the internet to complete homework and receive extra instructions from the teacher via WhatsApp. Fortunately, I am doing a good job at school. I take advantage of the afternoons to play soccer with my friends and my brother and do homework. Let me tell you that my father makes a living in the field to cover the expenses and also travels to the coast to cut sugar cane during the harvest, which lasts six months. On the other hand, my mother keeps busy doing the chores and looking after her domestic animals. My family and I spend good moments together, especially during the fair in Zacualpa town; we usually buy pizza and have fun there. Christmas is the most awaited season for my family and loved ones because we gather to prepare and enjoy delicious tamales (this is a typical dish) and drink soda. We are members of Prince of Peace church, which is a 35-minute walk from our house. Despite the pandemic, our church continued working, and thank God, our pastor could carry out the services there.
My family and I live with my grandparents, and my parents help them to pay for the electricity and running water services. Their house is made of adobe walls, tile roof, and dirt floors. My parents, my brother, and I use two rooms and share the kitchen with my grandparents. Thankfully, all of us are doing well. In the middle of the most difficult months of the pandemic, my father did not have many work opportunities. However, God has always been faithful to us, and with his help, my parents are striving to cover our essential food necessities like corn, beans, sugar, and salt. Living Water has been a blessing for my family and me, but my brother and I could not attend it due to the virus. Fortunately, the program is open again, and we usually walk for about one hour to be there. What I missed the most about going to the feeding program was eating delicious lunches, and I am so glad for being able to do it again. Finally, let me tell you that my mother gave this information to an evangelism team member to share with you my last news. I leave you for now, but I hope to receive a letter or a picture from you soon.
Fredy Morente de la Cruz
Translated by: Hillary Popol, AAC Secretary/Antigua