JOURNEYS

Sponsorship to Salvation

Jeremy Willet shares the story of sponsored child Matthewos Birhanu Fufa from Ehiopia who recently chose Jesus as his savior.

Mathewos Birhanu Fufa a 10-year-old (he turns 11 on July 28) from Belo, Ethiopia. He is a child sponsored through Food for the Hungry, which helps provide food and education to him and those in community. He recently confessed in a letter to his sponsor that he had accepted Jesus Christ into his life. © Courtesy of Food for the Hungry 

He comes from a place where every house is a straw hut; where there are no schools but rather a central community pavilion that has benches and a blackboard, where water is spoiled, where everyone is just trying to survive rather than thrive.

But through global development in the form of sponsorship some here in this community in Belo, Ethiopia are getting at least a fighting chance, and seeing their life prospects increase.

Meet Mathewos Birhanu Fufa a 10-year-old (he turns 11 on July 28) from Belo. He is a child sponsored through Food for the Hungry, which helps provide food and education to him and those in community.

God called me to sponsor Matthewos as well as other children that are now receiving my aid through the conduit of Food for the Hungry. I visited Zeway, Ethiopia, two years ago with my brothers, saw the hurt there, and knew I had to intervene. Shortly after that trip, we were asked to support Belo, about 8 hours west of Zeway, and my wife and I chose to sponsor Mathewos.

In the 2 years that I have been dialoguing with Matthewos, I have seen his situation better in a number of ways. He initially wrote about his chores, lack of education, and the struggles his family encountered trying to find food and water. Because Food for the Hungry has been working in his community over the past few years, many things have changed. He now has access to clean water, food, and attends school regularly!

Mathewos lives with his parents, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters. He is in 4th grade, and helps with farming. Mathewos loves to play sports, which is one common-bond that him and I share.

Just the other day, Matthewos wrote me with more good news of his continuing development, and added this comment: “Jesus Christ greatly changed my life and we now have a Bible in home and we read at devotion evening and morning. All family, brother, sister, father, and me read Bible everyday and we also believe every word.”

Jesus has worked in the heart of Matthewos and his family to give them eternal life. It is a beautiful thing to see.

I pray for Matthewos, his family, the people of Belo, of Zeway, and the many children in need throughout the world. May our choice of sponsorship be as fruitful in the same way.

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Jeremy Willet is the lead singer and oldest of three brothers who compose the band Willet and also the co-author for the book, carried. Learn more about Willet and the band’s efforts to help children in poverty around the world at www.willetmissions.org