Jonathan Almonte’s story shows how sponsoring a child through Compassion International (or other similar programs) can change the course of a child’s life.
However, it is the compassion of the people in his story who loved him when he fought back and wrote him letters calling out his identity and inherent worth as a child of God that may have made the biggest difference.
That letter changed my life. I was believing that I was a mistake. I was believing that God was not good for me. This letter helped me to understand that God provided a woman called Jamie thousands of kilometers away in a place called Michigan celebrating Thanksgiving. This woman wrote a letter to say, I am thankful for you. You are special, you’re not a mistake.
As a child of a single mom in the Dominican Republic, Jonathan’s prospects were greatly limited. From a young age, he worked to earn enough money for each day’s food. The cost of getting into a school, a uniform as supplies, was nowhere near his grasp.
His mother applied for him to join the Compassion program and (after a wait) he was accepted. For the first time in his life, all of his educational, nutritional, medical, and physical needs were taken care of, and Jonathan felt believed in like he never had before.
I was selling juice on the streets. I was diving in a garbage area without hope. So this ministry for me meant my life. My life is before and after the ministry of Compassion in partnership with the local church in my community.
If after listening you feel led to sponsor a child through Compassion International, I’d love to make it super easy for you. Simply text the word: “Heather” to 83393 and a child’s picture will be sent to your phone. Please let me know if you do!
What we chat about:
- Jonathan’s childhood in the Dominican Republic and the extreme poverty he experienced
- How his life changed when he was accepted into the Compassion International’s program
- The people who loved Jonathan and shared Christ with him
- The sponsors Jonathan had in Compassion and the importance of their letters
- His hard relationship with his father and the powerful moment when he forgave him
- Immigration of people from poverty-stricken nations vs empowerment of those people to stay and fight for their communities
Connect with Compassion International:
- Website: www.compassion.com/dontmomalone
- Facebook: facebook.com/compassionintl
- Instagram: @compassion
Learn more about sponsoring a child with Compassion: www.compassion.com/dontmomalone
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