This fine young man is Anthony (called Anton by his family and friends), one of our Fullness in Christ Ministries (FCM) sponsored college students. Anton has been sponsored since he was a small boy in elementary school. The family was hard working, but still they were very poor because of not having had an education. They were not Christian and not in church. Through sponsorship of Anton, and others in his family, the door was opened for the Gospel to be shared, resulting in the whole family accepting Jesus as Savior and becoming active members of a local church.
Anton was small, and shy, and his life was not easy. As a sponsored child, he grew in wisdom and became a strong healthy young man and a mighty prayer warrior. He learned to hope for things he did not yet see. As time passed, it was discovered that he had a gift for playing musical instruments. In high school, he was awarded an honor as the best instrumentalist in his school. He continues to grow in music ability and is now mentoring others. He teaches a Sunday School class and helps in many others ways in his church.
One thing that stands out in my memory of Anton is the way he helped rebuild the churches and homes of many families who had lost everything in the big earthquake and typhoons that so devastated his town about 2 years ago.
If it were not for a sponsor and a pastor who gave to help Anton, this gifted young man would have been lost in the bondage of poverty. He would be uneducated and working hard but getting nowhere. He is now in college working toward a Degree in Education with an emphasis in math. We are proud of him.
We need more sponsors to help boys and girls like Anton. If you want to learn more about becoming a sponsor in partnership with 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.