When we first met Theodore, he lived at a garbage dump in the Philippines, and spent his time scavenging through trash for any items that could be sold or used. Pastor Franco Trigo took notice of him and recommended that he be sponsored through the Fullness in Christ Ministries (FCM) program. As a teenager, he was sponsored and went to school in classes where the children were younger because he had not been to school very much in his younger life.
I remember once when Pastor Trigo wrote to us about Theodore. The school principal thought the Pastor was wasting his time and FCM was wasting money on this boy who could never finish school and would never amount to anything. We joined our prayers with Pastor Trigo, who encouraged Theodore to study hard and do the very best he could.
Here is an excerpt from a letter we received this week from Pastor Trigo:
Our report for this month is so memorable because on the way home from a wedding a young man greeted us: “Hi Pastor Franco! How are you? Do you still remember me? I am Theodore, a sponsored child from the Fullness in Christ Ministry under your care.” We were surprised because Theodore now is not anymore like he was before. He is a smart, and handsome, young professional man.
Here is Theodore’s Story as told by Pastor Trigo:
Theodore was one of the first of our students who was sponsored. He came from the dumpsite area. The school principal got angry with us, asking why we would help this boy. He did not want us to enroll him in his school. We persuaded the principal to give him a chance. We told the principal we would take care of this boy and pay his fees from the money sent by FCM. Theodore was excited to study and we gave him whatever he needed in school, like food, school uniforms, shoes, money for allowance, raincoat, etc. just like we give to our students now.
So, to make it short, Theodore graduated from high school. He wanted to go to college but FCM did not have money to help him. So he got a job as a gasoline boy in the city and studied for his college degree during night time. Last March 2015, he graduated with a degree in Accounting. Now he is already employed in one of the big establishments of vehicles. He is the one who audits all the branches of the company within Visayas and Mindanao. That’s why we met in the boat on our way home from the wedding. He had been to Cagayan de Oro to audit the branches there.
Theodore is very much thankful to FCM for they were the channel of blessing that gave him the courage to study and finish his course in Accountancy. His testimony made us very happy.
We are always hoping and praying that our students will be professionals someday. As his pastor who cared for him, we feel so much joy because this boy still remembers us and respects us.
To God Be The Glory!
Pastor Franco & Soles Trigo
You can be part of giving hope to children, like Theodore, in the Philippines. Until he was sponsored, he had no hope that he would ever be anything but a trash scavenger. Your gifts change young lives forever. We need more sponsors. We need those who give to feed hungry children. For more information about Fullness in Christ Ministries, go to our website, http://www.fullnessinchristministries.org, to learn how you can get involved in transforming the lives of these children.