Jey Mbiro

Jey Mbiro

Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion Alumni, Formerly Sponsored Children, HIV Prevention, Poverty

Jey Mbiro was born and raised in Mathare, one of the biggest slums in Kenya and in all of Africa. Growing up in a family of nine children, the meager resources his parents realized were seldom enough to provide adequate food, let alone cover other needs. At one point in his childhood, his parents could not provide for Jey at all and he was forced out on the streets to fend for himself.

During this difficult time on the streets, Compassion found Jey. Every Saturday, the Compassion center would provide the registered children with a hot meal; there would also be Bible lessons and fun activities. Every Christmas, Compassion would give each child a gift. Jey was able to feel some hope. And the actions of Compassion did not stop there. The children were enabled to attend school. Jey recognizes what this meant for him: "One day hopefully, through an education, we would be able to sustain ourselves. These acts of love went on for years."

Compassion workers not only met Jey's physical needs, they met an even greater need -- to be accepted and loved. Moreover, he says that they met the greatest of all needs by introducing him to the need for a Savior.

Jey acknowledges the impact of Compassion sponsorship on his life: "Through the seed of God's Word that they planted, I later on gave my life to Christ, and today I am a professional Christian music DJ, ministering the gospel through music and the Word of God. Compassion was truly a key vessel that God used to take me from an impoverished physical and spiritual state to one where I had hope and a future in this life, and more importantly, in the next."

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