When parents Ildephonse and Devotha realized they had just one day's supply of food left for their family of five, they put their faith in God to provide. COVID-19 restrictions had severely limited their ability to work. Not only were they running out of food, but the family had fallen months behind on their rent.
Thankfully, their 14-year-old son Fabrice is registered in Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program. At just the right moment, a staff member gave the family a call with some exciting news.
“We had food for only a day, and we were hoping only God would save us," says Devotha. "Fortunately, I received a life-saving call from Beata, the health worker at my son’s Compassion center, telling us that we had received gift money from Fabrice’s sponsor. We were so delighted and gave God the glory."
The following morning, the elated mother went with Fabrice to collect the gift money worth 40,000 Rwf (US $40) from Compassion's church partner. “The gift money was timely and a blessing to me since I was pregnant without food and had no job, and the landlord was chasing us out of his house because we had gone three months without paying rent."
The family put the money towards a new rental house and purchased food, including Fabrice's favorites — rice, carrots and potatoes.
"I’m grateful to Fabrice's sponsor for blessing our family during the tough times of COVID-19," said Devotha. "We pray that God protects her and her family always."