Saturday, July 23, 2011


Since May of last year we have been sponsoring Kipetuan through Compassion. Before Kipetuan we sponsored Edelson, but he turned 16 and had to go find work to help support his family.

I thought I would share with you about Kipetuan.

His birthday is March 28, 2000 (he turned 11 this year.)
He lives in Kenya, Africa.
He is in grade 4.
His best subject is Math.
His parents are married and still are together.
When his parents find work, it is farm work.

Info from Compassion website:
"Your sponsored child lives in the mountainous community of Kiloh, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls and wood roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kaputei and the most commonly spoken language is Kimasai.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, diarrhea, colds and influenza. Most adults in Kiloh are unemployed but some work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $19 per month. This community needs potable water, employment opportunities and tuition assistance.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kiloh Child Development Center to provide your sponsored child with Bible teaching, medical treatment, opportunities for community service, recreational activities, tuition, field trips and nutritious food. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for parents or guardians of your sponsored child."

We just got a letter from Kipetuan today. Here is what he wrote:

"First receive greetings from me. I am doing well together with my family members. We celebrated Easter (letter was written in May) very well together with my family. I am grateful for the support I receive from you. May God bless you!"

He wrote the letter in his handwriting and it was translated in English by a translator at the child development center.

We all get so excited to get mail from him. We also try to write or send him something (we can only send flat stuff like bookmarks and stickers) once a month.

Sponsoring him has been such a blessing to our family. I urge you to sponsor a child as well. Check out Compassion


p.s. yes that says $19 a month in income, how many of you earn that in 1 hour work?