12-year-old Jonathan Farinango is a voice for hope from the slums of Quito, Ecuador. Jonathan wrote to us about how he and his family have been blessed through the Moses Project, an outreach of Iglesia Cristiana del Verbo (Christian Church of the Word). Cross International has been partnering with them to feed, educate and evangelize at-risk children.
I live with my mom (who has a disability in her legs) and my sister. My brothers live with their families in the same house but in separate rooms. When I was 3 years old, my father died. From that time on, my mom took on the roles of both father and mother and had to work. This affected my life since I have no dad. I know that if he were alive, we would not have gone through many difficult circumstances.
When I was 4, I was accepted by Project Moses. They have always supported me and my sister in our studies. So far I’m in 8th grade, and the project supports me materially and financially with my studies: uniforms, supplies, clothing, shoes, school fees, transportation, food, medicine, and financial support for my mother’s operations.
Today I know Jesus as Lord of my life. I know he takes me in his hands and that he is my Father; that God is going to help me and my family. With God all things are possible.
When I am in need and I go to church, I always find help in the Word. I thank God for all he does for me. I know I will finish my studies and I will be a professional to support my mother.