Luis had experienced very little stability in his young life. When his parents separated, neither wanted to raise Luis or his younger brother, so the two boys went to live with their grandparents. After his grandfather passed away, Luis’ grandmother began drinking heavily. He begged her to stop, which only sent her into violent rages.
Soon after his grandfather’s death, Luis’ grandmother enrolled her grandsons at the Ovejitas Nazarenas Child Development Center. At first, Luis was hesitant. Over and over he had been abandoned or neglected by the very people who were supposed to love him. Why would this be any different?
But slowly, Luis began to trust. First it was his tutors and the project staff who showed Luis love. And then, his sponsor.
“My sponsor’s prayers and words have been of much help in what I am now,” says Luis. “When she writes to me, I feel encouraged by what she tells me. I am thankful for her.”
Luis and his brother began attending church regularly, even when their grandmother refused to come with them. His healing process was slow, but the Compassion staff and Luis’ sponsor never gave up. And after seven years in the program, Luis accepted Christ and was baptized.
“I accepted Christ at an evangelistic campaign,” says Luis. “I learned the words of Christ for all of those years, and then learned what it meant to follow Christ thanks to the project.”
Luis is active in discipleship programs at the church, and is learning to play the piano so he can be in the worship band. He takes vocational classes at the center, and dreams of graduating to the Leadership Development Program.
“Before entering the project, I had no plans for my future,” says Luis. “They taught me to set goals and now I have found hope.”