These inspiring people have a strong motivation to help others. Despite growing up in poverty and not always having everything they need, they share what they have!


The preaching kid

Christina-(1).jpgCristina shares the gospel on the YouTube channel, Preaching Kids.

Cristina was enrolled in the Child Sponsorship Programme in El Salvador at the age of three, so she received access to medical care, good nutrition and new clothes. She was also strengthened emotionally and spiritually and became a believer in Christ. Tutors recognised her ability to relate to other people and connect with them from an early age.

By age 11, she had enrolled in an evangelism programme run by six Compassion centres called Predi Kids, or Preaching Kids in English, where she uses her gift for others. Cristina’s favourite memory from the programme (so far) is sharing the gospel at an evangelism event in a local park. Twelve people believed in Christ because of her testimony! And now, her younger brother wants to share the gospel as a part of Preaching Kids too! At 14, Cristina remains secure in her calling to lead people to Christ. She says she feels called to tell others about God.

Amani, one of our inspiring people, is seen here kneeling down, wearing a white and blue shirt. The children are standing all around him while he talks to them.


A change in goals

Amani.jpgAmani coaching the Lengo Football Academy in Tanzania.

Growing up in Tanzania, Amani and his siblings often had to fend for themselves because their parents lived elsewhere while working to support the family. As a sponsored child, Amani came to think of the people at his Compassion centre as a second family. He also discovered a deep love for football and dreamed of being a professional footballer. Eventually, he had to give up this dream as he attended college and got a degree in information technology and international languages.

But God still had a plan for Amani’s passion for football! A friend gave Amani the opportunity to take over a football programme, Lengo Academy. Under Amani, Lengo went from 20 kids to 200 in just four years! Both boys and girls are welcomed, and the academy pays some school expenses. Amani explains why he took over: “From a young age, Compassion planted a seed of service inside me. I could not make it as a footballer, but God put Lengo in my path. I can say the mission is still the same—to make sure children in my community have the opportunity I never had.”


Five handfuls of rice

Keysha.jpgKeysha delivering rice to hungry people in their community with her friend. 

In the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown in Indonesia, nine-year-old Keysha and her family survived on food packs from her Compassion centre. Though she had so little herself, Keysha knew that others in her community were close to starvation. She decided she had to help them by giving them five handfuls of rice and a small amount of money. In her words: “I knew that Jesus only had five loaves of bread and two fish. The number is not huge, but he was able to feed so many people. The five handfuls of rice are like the five loaves of bread that Jesus used to feed 5,000, and the money is like the two fish.”

Keysha multiplied her gifts by asking friends and tutors from her Compassion centre to help others too. Many of them were also living from centre food packs, but they all contributed generously. In the end, Keysha was able to raise 75kg of rice and about NZ $55 in just a month! The children delivered the food to elderly people and an orphan in their community. Because of the inspiring people in the community and Keysha’s generous heart, her Compassion centre has started a monthly group for parents of Compassion kids where they bring donations to share with the community. And it all started with five handfuls of rice!

Daniel, wearing a purple sweater, is with a group of children at the Compassion project. The children are sitting at wooden desks and Daniel is standing in the front of the classroom. There is a chalkboard behind him.

 

Biblical principles

Daniel.jpgDaniel teaching a Bible class to give children foundational truths that they can build their lives upon.

Daniel grew up in an Ethiopian neighbourhood plagued by extreme poverty and addiction. Thankfully, he was enrolled in the Child Sponsorship Programme, where he was given the foundation to dream about his future. More importantly, he believed in Christ because of the biblical principles he learned in the programme. Though he has graduated, Daniel has not forgotten the hope he was given to him through Compassion.

Now, he helps other Compassion children find hope and motivation too. Every Saturday morning, Daniel teaches a Bible class to give children foundational truths that they can build their lives on. He is energised as he thinks about the impact of his class: “Not once did I feel that I am teaching just children. It is one Moses that led the Israelites out of Egypt. I passionately believe that I am given the privilege to teach many Moses-like children who will influence and unify the nation. If I can impact children and cause them to base their outlook on the Bible, then that is my success.”

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