Hello! My name is Benjamin Nuñez. I grew up in a sugar cane village on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
As a Compassion child, I had the blessing of being sponsored by the Roush family in Colorado. I still have every letter I received from Jan and Steve.
Letters meant a lot to me, especially since it was the only way to communicate with my sponsors. In those letters, I learned so much that I felt like I was a part of their family.
I remember that in the first letter they sent, they mentioned that they were going to pray for me and my family. I asked them to pray for my grandmother who had been sick, and in their very next letter they told me how concerned they were for her. In fact, Jan even took the time to tell me about her father, who was turning 75, and how she was able to visit him.
When I was 14, tragedy visited my family. I lost my father, and my mom had to face life with three boys to raise. During this season the encouragement of my sponsors meant a lot. When my family was falling apart because of such an event, it felt like this family from Colorado was holding us tightly.