My friend, Paul Daniels, is a high school teacher in a nearby town. He sent me this note on Monday, and I was so inspired by it that I asked if I could post it to my blog. I pray it inspires you, too, especially during our season of Thanksgiving. Paul writes:
This afternoon I translated a thank you note from a 7 year-old girl in Burkina Faso who had received a shoebox from a CAL elementary student via Operation Christmas Child. Anne Wegert wanted to use the letter in elementary chapel. Here’s the letter.
“June 5, 2009
I have the great pleasure of hearing from you. My name is Guedraogo Safiatou. I am in an elementary school class in the village of Toba in the department (county) Yaba of the province (state) Mayah.
I am the oldest girl of a family of farmers. I have 5 older brothers and 5 younger brothers. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the wonderful gifts that you gave us here in Toba.
I want to send my greetings to all your family and friends in America. I hope that your friendship will continue forever if God wills it so.
I got to thinking as I returned the letter back to the elementary office. In saying thank you, Guedraogo had spent about $2 between the cost of paper, stamps and the photo. It doesn’t sound like much to us until one realizes average person’s yearly income in Burkina Faso is about $320. She spent a small fortune or about 0.6% of the average Burkinabe’s income. For one of us to say thank you in an equivalent manner as this little girl, it would be $196 (about 0.6 % of $31,800, the average US worker’s income).
It’s kind of humbling. Would I say thank you if it cost me $196? And how often have I forgotten to say thank you?
Towards a new attitude of gratitude,
“Give thanks in all circumstances!” I Thessalonians 5:17