In his home, Theofilus helps by making beds, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Theofilus enjoys soccer, reading and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Theofilus will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Theofilus lives on the plains of Kudus, home to approximately 91,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Java and the most commonly spoken languages are Indonesian and Javanese.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, dengue fever and typhoid. Most adults in Kudus work in factories and earn the equivalent of $96 per month. This community has water, electricity, health facilities and telephone service but needs scholastic materials, tuition assistance, employment opportunities and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Maranatha Student Center to provide Theofilus with Bible studies, health screenings, nutritious food, vitamins, health education, community service opportunities, field trips, school fees, scholastic materials, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide monthly fellowship and health and family development seminars for the parents or guardians of Theofilus.
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 700 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 1968 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.
Map of Indonesia
Child's Location: Western Kudus