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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: April 20, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: Bait San Student Center
  • Child ID: IO9950065
Retha lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

For fun, Retha enjoys swimming, singing and listening to music. She attends Bible class, youth group and camp regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.

Because of your sponsorship, Retha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Retha lives on the plains of Kalijaten, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs.

The regional diet consists of rice. A common health problem in this area is malnutrition. Most adults in Kalijaten work in factories and earn the equivalent of $174 per month. This community has water, electricity and a health center but needs food, clothing and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bait San Student Center to provide Retha with Bible teaching, medical care, nutritious food, vitamins, health examinations, sports, community service opportunities, school supplies, academic reinforcement and handicraft training. The center staff will also provide fellowship times for the parents or guardians of Retha.
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: South of Surabaya

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

Your support provides:

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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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