Home Country: Honduras
Occupation: Engineering Student at University
Q: Tell us about when you were first registered with Compassion. What was it like? How did you feel?
A: I was registered when I was 8 years old, in 2002. My younger brother Edgar was also part of the Compassion center. My parents started to attend the Peniel Church, where the center is located. The church staff talked to them about the child development center and the spiritual benefits that children get. My parents did not hesitate in enrolling me.
I enjoyed my journey as a Compassion child. When my father died, I found comfort and a family within the Compassion center. If not for their support, I would not be able to cope with my father’s death, or to find an opportunity to afford university. At the Compassion center I also found Larry, my sponsor, who was like a father from another country to me. I felt loved because I used to get school supplies, birthday gifts, field trips [and] medical checkups, which my single mother could not afford.
Q: Can you tell us what happened to your father?
A: I was 13 years old when my father was robbed, shot and killed a few blocks away from our home. His departure to heaven was unbearable for my family and me. However, my father had encouraged me for my entire childhood, and those words sustained me. He ignited a Christian legacy in me, which led me to become a leader who constantly serves others.
Q: How did your father’s death impact your family?
A: After my father died, my mother became the only provider of the family. As a schoolteacher, she found a job outside the city. She used to travel and leave me in charge of my younger siblings. When only 13 years old, I used to buy groceries and cook for my brothers while my mother was away working during the week. She used to return home on the weekends and spend time with us. I appreciate the fact that she trusted me and gave me such responsibility because that made me grow up. When I was 17, she found a job in the city and stopped traveling.
The church staff used to make frequent visits to me and my siblings because they knew my mother was out of the house. They also picked us up at my house to develop devotion time along with my classmates or to celebrate birthday parties, so we did not feel alone.