Faces from the Equator Part 1

Jenny and Rosa

Jenny and Rosa

I want to introduce you to Jenny and Rosa. Rosa is the 20 year-old mother of Nayeli, who is a 21 month old enrolled in Compassion’s Child Survival Program. Jenny is here CSP promoter. The Child Survival Program was created after Compassion realized that when kids would get involved in the sponsorship program, (beginning at 4 years old) the kids’ development from birth to 3-years-old was not where it needed to be. So CSP was introduced in part to help empower mothers to properly care for their children so they develop correctly. Each mother and daughter has a CSP promoter, who meets with the mother once a week in a one-on-one scenario, and then again once a week in a group setting. You can read more about the specifics of the program here, but trust me, it’s making a huge difference.

Tuesday, we were able to visit Rosa and Nayeli at their home.

Rosa's house

Rosa's House

Rosa and her husband Byron, and little Nayelly live in a 10×10 room that was clearly unclean from the moment we walked in. It was complete with a queen-sized bed, a homemade wooden crib, a homemade dresser, and a stove. That left about 3 feet of empty space on the floor. That was it. The 3 of them in what, by American standards, would be considered a tiny room. Rosa said (through her translator) her only prayer for her daughter is that she would “grow up to serve Jesus and be in ministry to give back to Him for what God has given to her.” That was it. Not a prayer for her own bedroom. Not money for toys. Not more comfortable living. But Jesus. Only Jesus.



Jenny also gave examples of how she helps Rosa and Nayeli develop as mother and daughter. She helped Nayeli build a tower with blocks and taught Rosa what to eat so that Nayeli would be fed the proper nutrition. Jenny walked Rosa through her questions and discussions. Rosa explained how her relationship with Jenny has grown into more of a sisterhood and best friend over time. They are like family. It’s life-changing to see how Jenny has helped this family grow and develop and set a foundation of faith in Nayelly’s life. Through Jenny’s compassion and love, Rosa, though with next-to-nothing, has a joyful spirit. They were all excited for us to visit them, when really it ended up being more of a blessing to us to see God at work.

Three years ago, Jenny was in Rosa’s position. The local church invited her to be a part of the Child Survival Program and once her son turned 4, he became part of the sponsorship program. Now that he is 6, Jenny’s son’s teachers say that he is the smartest kid in the class because of his early life development. After CSP changed her family’s life, it wasn’t hard for Jenny to decide that she wanted to be a part of the CSP team and become Rosa’s promoter. She now mentors seven other mothers and daughters too.

That’s the way God designed the church. Reach out to help somebody. They take what they learn to help others, who take what they learn to help others…and so on. When people know they are loved, they share that love. It’s infectious. The world will change because of it.

Yes, this is an amazing story…and yes, there are plenty more. But stop reading now. Pray for Rosa, Nayeli, Byron, and Jenny. Pray that God would empower Rosa; Protect Nayeli; Make Byron into the Christian man he’s called to be; And continue using Jenny in powerful ways.

Nayelly, Her grandmother, and Emily

Nayelly, Her grandmother, and Emily

Oh and one last thing: When we asked Rosa if she had a message to share with everyone she said, “Thank you to the people who sponsor us. I pray that because of this Nayelly will fall at the feet of Jesus.”

If you want to read more about or donate to the Child Survival Program, click HERE.

2 responses to “Faces from the Equator Part 1”

  1. Karen Elgin says:

    Awesome! Even though we know it and hear it, our God is so much bigger than we can even imagine. WOW! Look forward to story #2

  2. Kris Ruoff says:

    Wow, very very cool. Shows how strong the outcome can be from one-on-one perseverance in serving. (Jenny making the connection and sticking with it:)

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