By: Brandy Campbell   |   Posted: January 05, 2024

As Joseph’s carpentry business stalled and his wife suffered health issues, he feared he couldn’t feed his family. Then God sent help through sponsors and a church.

A Sponsor’s Gift Changed This Family’s Life

As Joseph’s carpentry business stalled and his wife suffered health issues, he feared he couldn’t feed his family. Then God sent help through sponsors and a church.

Written by Brandy Campbell
Photography by Bryce Johnson
Benedicta looks through window of family's grocery shop

Benedicta spends some free time at her family’s grocery shop.


Think of your annual salary. Now triple it. And imagine getting a check for that amount in the mail one day. A check from someone you’ve never met. With a note that simply says, "This is for you and your family."

What would you say? Think? Feel?

Joseph, a carpenter living in a Ghanaian fishing village, never dreamed of a gift like that. When you’re living in poverty, you don’t imagine benefactors or extravagant gifts. You just try to get by. But a gift from his daughter’s sponsor would change their family’s life and leave Joseph overwhelmed with gratitude.

But before the gift, there was simply survival. Many of Joseph’s customers are fishermen, and when they come home with full nets, they pay Joseph to repair their roofs and build doors and tables for their homes. But when their nets are empty, their homes are no longer a priority.

"If there’s no money in their pockets, there is no money for me," says Joseph. Sometimes Joseph traveled to neighboring villages to find work, but he hated leaving his wife and four children at home.

His oldest daughter, Benedicta, was registered at a nearby Compassion center, and knowing the staff members there were looking out for his family brought Joseph joy.

Another thing that brought Joseph and his family joy was Benedicta’s sponsors, Chris and Meg. Joseph still marvels over the idea of Chris and Meg, strangers, wanting to help care for his little girl.

"The relationship the sponsors have with Benedicta is overwhelming," says Joseph. "When we think about it, we are so surprised because somebody who doesn’t know Benedicta just picked her and is taking care of her. We can only ask God to bless them. We are very grateful."

But things were becoming increasingly hard for Joseph and his family. His wife was pregnant with the couple’s fifth child, and complications meant an expensive, lifesaving surgery. Customers rarely came to his home anymore. And the medical bills, combined with the cost of caring for another child, made it almost impossible for Joseph to even feed his family.

“If there’s no money in their pockets, there is no money for me,” says Joseph.
Joseph makes furniture

Benedicta’s father, Joseph, makes furniture for people in his community but never knows when he’ll get customers.


Joseph knew God had heard their prayers when he found out his family had received a gift from Chris and Meg. God had opened a way.

The gift of $1,000 would have taken Joseph three years to earn on his own. He had never had such a large sum at once — much less been given that much!

Compassion staff worked with Joseph to plan how he could best invest the money. The first thing he did was start a savings account for Benedicta’s education.

"She’s growing, and very soon she will be going to secondary school," says Joseph. "I put that aside so we can make sure she can continue her education."

The family grocery store

The family invested the remainder of the money in a small grocery storefront. Since they live near a school, Joseph knew the food and snacks he sold would be popular among the children. And the long lines every morning prove he was right.

With the store’s profits, Joseph no longer has to rely solely on his carpentry business. He now knows he will be able to provide food, shelter and clothing for his five children. He’s even been able to build a bathroom beside the family’s home.

Sometimes Joseph still marvels over the enormous gift from the sponsors he’s never met, from people who care about Joseph’s family so deeply that they would give so sacrificially.

But when words escape him, Joseph simply looks at Benedicta standing under their store’s wooden sign as she sells treats to the neighborhood children. It reads Ewuradze Na Jaye — a phrase that means “the work of God” in Joseph’s language of Twi. And everything he sees is a testimony.

Benedicta and her family standing outside her family grocery shop

The shop that Benedicta's family opened with a gift from her sponsor provides a steady income.


God worked through sponsors who felt that tug to sponsor, to give. He worked in the life of Joseph, who was desperate to help his family but just needed a boost. A surprise gift.

And he works still through Benedicta, a shy girl who has seen God’s gifts up close and will never forget his work in her family. Her gratitude is wide — she is just as thankful for her letters from Chris and Meg as her family is for their store and the security it brings. One day she’ll understand more, but for today, her message for Chris and Meg is simple:

"Thank you for taking care of my family."

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