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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

69. Compassion Challenge - Johny

Dear Family & Friends,

Challenge: This Christmas consider sponsoring an underprivileged child instead of buying lots of gifts for family or friends with things they really don’t need, may not want, and/or will likely not use.

Matt. 25:40
"And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’"

You can sponsor as an individual, a family, or as a group. It's pretty awesome! And you are investing in a child financially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. You are also investing in this child's family indirectly. 

One way to do this is through Compassion International:

We have had the privilege of sponsoring for just $38 a month Johny Metellus since September 12, 2012. Johny was born 7/2/2005 so he has just turned 9. He lives in Haiti and is in the 3rd grade. We are told he is above average in his school work.

He lives in the plains of Grison-Garde-Acul Du Nord, home to about 28,000 people. The closest city is Cap-Haitien which is about 17 km (or 10.5 miles away). The houses are typically constructed of cement floors, mud walls, and tin roofs.

The common health problems in the area are diarrhea, diabetes, malaria, typhoid, and hypertension. Common food eaten is corn, chicken, beans, rice, bread, and vegetables.

Most adults in Johny’s town are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $75 a month. 

His family duties include running errands, cleaning, animal care, carrying water, and gathering firewood.

Johny writes to us often. He loves God and his family. His hobbies and sports include group games, soccer, playing house, singing, and listening to music.

His parents are married. His father sometimes finds part time work to support the family. On the side both parents farm to provide food for the family.

Sponsorship means Johny gets to participate in Christian education, health screenings, physical education, hygiene education, etiquette training. It also means Johny’s school books and uniforms are paid for. The local center sponsored by Compassion also provides literacy classes, health education for the parents of the sponsored child. 

Attached are pictures of Johny from 2012 and 2014. 

Johny 2012

Johny 2014

Don't have room in your budget? Consider giving up cable or satellite TV. Or perhaps getting rid of the movie channels.  What is more important a few sports, news, and tv shows or the life of a person? 

Will you change the life of a little one today? 


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