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Rifan Lokobal  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: April 13, 2006
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: Pniel Student Center
  • Child ID: ID4350153
    • Waiting: 353 Days for a sponsor.
In his home, Rifan helps by carrying water and caring for children. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Rifan enjoys playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Your love and support will help Rifan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Rifan lives on the plains of Megapura, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Dani (Assolokobal) tribe and the most commonly spoken language is Nayak.

The regional diet consists of sweet potatoes. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea and malaria. Most adults in Megapura are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community has electricity and clean water but needs scholastic materials, vocational training centers and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pniel Student Center to provide Rifan with Bible studies, sports, medical checkups, nutritious food, volunteer opportunities, music and singing classes and life skills training. The center staff will also provide parenting and child protection workshops for the parents or guardians of Rifan.
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: Southwest of Jayapura

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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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