Will you act?


How do you tell a child that they’re not the one to blame for their family’s poverty? How do you explain to a young boy that he’s not the reason that his family have no food to put on the table?

Tony Beltran grew up in Dominican Republic and from a young age he was full of guilt because he thought that he was the reason that his family struggled with extreme poverty. He thought that if he wasn’t around his family would be better off and wouldn’t have to live that way.

I met Tony yesterday in Melbourne. That’s us in the grainy iPhone photo above. He’s visiting Australia to let people know about the one act that turned his life around. It wasn’t an immediate change but just one act made all the difference. Child sponsorship through Compassion changed everything for Tony and it continues to change everything for hundreds of thousands of children in developing nations.

It was an honour to meet Tony and to hear him tell his story. In the video below he tells some of that story. Along with some other former sponsored children, Tony talks about dramatic change and how hope can shine brightly into some very dark places. Please watch the video and find out more about the one act that changed Tony’s life and is currently transforming the lives of around 1.6 million children across the world.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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