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Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

8505 Church Street (in Ridgefield)
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
815-459-1132    |    Email

June 2024 Update from Sofia

Church Members,

This message is to inform you that I have finished my 3rd  semester and am on vacation for one month.  The semester was very challenging and demanding but the content of my classes was very interesting for me.  I am happy that I had good grades and excited to begin the 4th semester at the beginning of August.  In addition to the required curriculum, I am also taking transverse flute lessons at the university through a cultural program which allows students to study whatever instrument they choose. 

I want to thank you again for your unconditional support and interest.  I feel very fortunate and give thanks to God for your help.  

Note:  Sofía’s average for the semester was 4.04 out of 5.  We send her $350 each month to cover living expenses, transportation, etc.  If you would like to contribute to the fund, make a check payable to RCLPC with our Colombian student on the memo line and place it in the offering plate.  

Letter from Sofia

Hello church members, I hope you are very well.

This message is to tell you everything that this semester has been like for me. First I want to tell you that I had not been able to write to you because I don’t have much free time. This semester has been very demanding but I’m doing well, thanks be to God.

My subjects require a lot of time, and independent study and exams are of a very high standard. Besides, we also have extracurricular activities. For example, one time I went to a health day in a neighborhood in Medellin called Moravia, where primary health care was provided. I learned a lot there. Also last Friday I went to the university hospital, which is called Alma Mater Hospital of Antioquia Leon XIII or HAMA for its acronym. We visited a patient there and examined him to recognize and relate terms and pathologies we had learned about in class. In neurology we learned about morphology practices, with preparations of the central nervous system. I was very excited and happy.

More than half of the semester has already passed, and I think I’m doing very well.  This semester ends on December 7, so there is still a long way to go. I miss my parents a lot since I haven’t seen them since I came here, but they are in good health, and I speak with them on a video call every day.

I also wanted to thank you for continuing to support me, thanks to you I can continue studying without having financial worries and that is a giant help.

God bless you,


Update from Loren!

We have received photos from Loren's class experiences. She won 1st place with her robot project!

Update from Sofia!

In the lab photo Sophia is closest to the table. She really is enjoying her coursework and all of her experiences!

Update on Colombian University Student

Sofía Gomez has completed her first semester of the study of medicine at the University of Antioquia with a grade point average of 4.2 out of 5.0 which the university considers outstanding.   She thanks us for our support and says that the amount we have been sending, $350 per month, will be sufficient for the second semester.  She does have the added expense of paying for 4 of 5 required vaccinations but because of her good grades, she will receive her lunches for free.  Regular donations to the Care for Children Overseas/Colombia account will be needed to continue our support.  Thank you for anything you can do.

Financial Support

We are grateful for the continued offerings of financial support, which arrive via mail and online daily.

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