Jesús was abandoned by his mother as a 2-month-old, so his grandmother, Rosa, took over his care, raising him as her son. After a few months, she noticed Jesús still had not gained any weight, so she took him to a hospital near their home in Ecuador. He was diagnosed with a heart anomaly that required an immediate diet change and expensive medication. Rosa, a widow, was making $3 to 5 a day, and one of the medications cost $100 per tablet.
That’s when his local church came into the picture! After their pastor visited, Jesús was enrolled in the Compassion program. They quickly took over the bills for his special diet, checkups, medications and other treatments. Jesús is now showing improvement and is stable, though because of his condition he can still get out of breath easily. He enjoys playing with his friends at the center, and he is happy.
Because of the help Jesús received, Rosa became a Christian and attends church regularly. Thanks to his local church — and Compassion supporters — Jesús and Rosa have hope for the future!
The beauty of the Compassion program is the holistic care children receive. They receive help physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. No aspect of a child’s life is left out. Compassion’s care for children with disabilities around the world shows this clearly. We care because Christ does!