A Farewell Letter

by Larry Hehn on August 22, 2011

farewell letterYesterday I published a post about a letter we received regarding one of our sponsor children.

Dennis was no longer showing up at his student center. The organization that coordinated his sponsorship couldn’t provide him with the support that we were financing. Our financial obligation to Dennis was officially terminated.

We wrote a final letter to Dennis, wishing him well and letting him know that he and his family would always be in our thoughts and in our prayers. All the while we wondered why he stopped attending. We hoped and prayed that he was healthy and safe.

I was relieved to get another note a few weeks later, this time a farewell letter from Dennis.

Here is some of what he said, as translated roughly into English:

“The reason of this letter is to thank you for all the support. I hope God bless you greatly for your kind heart. I am sad because I can’t attend the project because I moved and it’s very difficult to go to the project.”

“Larry and Monique Hehn I want to ask you only one thing. In the same way you blessed me and my family I ask please you continue blessing another boy…”

“My family and I wish with all our heart that God take care of you and he gives you the double that you have given me. Every night, in my prayers, I am going to ask God to take care of you and to send angels around you and your family. Do not forget God will be always with you everywhere you go and in the hard times.”

“Please do not forget to pray for me and my family and my studies. God bless you and thank for your support. BYE.”

The news was bittersweet. Dennis’ father found employment in another part of the country, and the family had to move.

Dennis, we are honoring your request and are sponsoring another young boy in your country. His name is Ney. I will remember to pray for you and your family. God bless you, my young friend, and thank you for all you have taught me.

Dios te guarde, Dennis. Me despido con mucho amor.

What’s the latest thing you learned from a child?

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Moe August 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

That’s awesome. He sure sounds like someone who understands the value of the spiritual and financial support you have given him. For him to respond in that manner says a lot about him. That brings me joy as I’m sure it does to you.

Last thing I learned from a child? Continue to pursue your passions. My children do not give up when they really love something. I love that and it’s a lesson to me.
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Larry Hehn August 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Great lesson, Moe! Yep, Dennis is an amazing young man. I’m blessed to have known him.

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Tony Alicea August 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love his heart and that he encouraged you to continue to bless someone else.
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Larry Hehn August 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

It was a request that I was more than happy to honor, that’s for sure!

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ThatGuyKC August 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

Larry that is such a beautiful story. I think we’re going to sponsor a child or two soon. Thank you for sharing this.
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Larry Hehn August 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm

My pleasure, KC. I’m not sure exactly how we wound up sponsoring five kids, but I’m sure glad we do!

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Annie August 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

How awesome is that!

Seems my children teach me so much everyday. Mostly patience. But this weekend they gave me a chance to perfect my vomit-clean-up skills. Never a dull moment! 😉
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Larry Hehn August 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

That’s something that they just don’t teach you in school!

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Ben August 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Incredible! So glad he was able to respond, and see the value in what you did for him. What’s also awesome is he wants the same for another.

Wow.
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Larry Hehn August 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

It was such a relief to get that final letter and understand why he wasn’t coming to the center any more. The icing on the cake was seeing what an incredible young man he has become.

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Russ August 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

I recently learned from my kids that I’m a mean guy in the drive-thru and that it sucks to have to repent to a 6-year-old.

Also, your kids are watching everything you do and say, so make sure you demonstrate you want them to learn, not just what you don’t want them to learn.

I was glad to read a happy ending to your story about Dennis. Too bad he wasn’t able to continue participating, but at least it was not because he became disinterested or discouraged.
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Larry Hehn August 24, 2011 at 12:54 am

Oh yes, our children take everything in. As embarassing as it may be, it’s nice when they care enough to call us on things.

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Clay Morgan August 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

That’s a touching post Larry and also a good organization that keeps you updated, gets your last letter through, and provides a response. Ney is fortunate to have you and Monique.
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Larry Hehn August 24, 2011 at 12:56 am

Yep, I was very impressed with how they handled the situation and kept us informed. Ney is almost at the age where he will be writing his own letters. I can’t wait!

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