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Jonathan Dengah  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: March 18, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: Berea Student Center
  • Child ID: ID1090541
    • Waiting: 317 Days for a sponsor.
Jonathan lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Jonathan participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with marbles and playing ball games are his favorite activities.

Please remember Jonathan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jonathan lives in the coastal community of Wangurer, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Sangihe Talaud.

The regional diet consists of fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, malnutrition, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults in Wangurer work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $86 per month. This community has clean water and electricity but needs vocational training centers and steady incomes.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Berea Student Center to provide Jonathan with Bible teaching, health screenings, leadership training, nutritious food, health education, vitamins, home visits, community service opportunities, sports, school fees, scholastic materials, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide fellowship and child development seminars for the parents or guardians of Jonathan.
Indonesia consists of 17,000 islands along the equator between Australia and Asia. The larger islands have central mountain ranges and fertile plains and lowlands. The climate is tropical with a rainy season from October to April.

The country squeezes a population nearly the size of the United States into a landmass roughly triple the size of Texas; it has the fourth largest population in the world. Indonesia is also a diverse nation with many resources. More than 300 languages are spoken but the most common is Bahasa Indonesia. Islam claims 90 percent of Indonesians; however, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and animism are also practiced.

When Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492, he sought a new route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The Portuguese arrived in the sixteenth century but in 1602 the Dutch began slowly gaining control of the islands. Following Japanese occupation during World War II, the country, led by Sukarno, proclaimed independence in 1945. Suharto ousted Sukarno in 1967 and held the presidency of the military-controlled republic until 1998, when a collapsing economy fueled riots and demands for reforms. In 2001, the country elected a female leader, President Megawati Sukarnoputri.



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Child's Location: West of Bitung

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.