John Miguel

Just before COVID-19 shut down the world, I was in the Philippines with Compassion Australia.

I met a number of beautiful families who are facing incredible hardship due to extreme poverty.

The first family I met was that of Marinessa and Joey, a young couple, both 25 years of age, who have 4 children. The family of six live in a small shanty made of rusted iron sheets, about 2 metres by 2 metres. Their home is next to a pile of rubbish in the shadow of the local cemetery. The landlord keeps threatening to raise the cost of the land they use which would essentially see them losing everything.

Their 3-year-old son, John Miguel, had just been registered with Compassion. I knew that finding John a sponsor would make an incredible difference for the whole family.

Please take a couple of minutes to watch this video about their story.

I know that life would have become even harder for this family since the pandemic. Can I ask you to consider sponsoring a child like John and bring hope into their life? Please sponsor a child today.

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About the author

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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