Letter from Finka’s Pastor

I’m eagerly awaiting my second letter from Finka, to get to know her better, but in the meantime, I did receive a letter from her pastor recently. I enjoy reading the pastor letters because it lets me learn a lot more about the child’s community and center specifically!


Finka attends ID230 in East Indonesia

“Dear Alisa, I am Reverend Agabus Salawe, the Chairman of Harmony Church Protestant Seventh Indonesia and the Emmaus Child Development Center where we host and minister to Finka.

Most of the people in our community are very poor and uneducated. Many children cannot attend school because they have to help make a living with their parents. Poverty also results in many children who must live apart from their parents due to abandonment. The presence of Center in this area is very helpful address this challenge and to provide a holistic development for the children, releasing them from poverty in Jesus’ name.

In the over 200 children we serve at our Center, including your child, we are seeing great benefits and improvement. They have a good achievement in the school. Their health is much better and their parents see much better behavior and respect and they are polite. The spiritual life of the children is growing in a better direction and some children are able to lead worship and other services. All of this can happen because they were carried with the holistic program applied by Compassion through this sponsorship program and because of people like you.

The impact of the Center on the entire community is clear. People are increasingly concerned with the lives of children, education for children, and protection of children. People are starting to realize the importance of respecting the position of the child in their environment. Likewise, the government is beginning to teach courses on child awareness and protection. This is a very unusual thing. This is very pleasing, as we believe that the children are our future generation who will make great Christian leaders and who will change the community for the better.

The letters that the children receive from their sponsors are very important for their development and also for their self-esteem. The letters and photos make the children feel loved and motivated and diligent in the activities at the church and Center. They love to respond and share their lives and their dreams. For this reason, it is very important for you to write to Finka.

Thank you so much for supporting Finka. Please pray for the continued development and growth of all our children and the Center and the community.

May the Lord bless you abundantly. Shalom, Pastor Agabus Salawe”

Introducing Finka and a letter!

I sponsored Finka back in early April. God called me to sponsor another child and He lead me to her. Sadly, Finka lost both of her parents, so she previously lived with her aunt and uncle, and now her grandmother. Still, though, she performs above average in school. Her little smirk in her photo makes me think she has a fun and easygoing personality. I received an introduction letter from Finka, included below!

Finka is 15 and lives in Indonesia. Her most recent photo is on the right.

Her introduction letter says she lives in a village and lists her late parents names and ages as part of her family. They were just 38 and 36 when they passed away. Some of her favorite things are helping her grandma, studying, and refreshing with friends (that’s the wording in the translation, I’m guessing it means hanging out?). If she could go anywhere, she would go to her sponsor’s home. The letter says: “Shalom Dearest Sponsor, how are you? My grandma and I are in good health. Thank you for sponsoring me. I hope God will repay your kindness. I’ve just finished my final exam. Kindly please pray so that I can pass the final exam and continue my study at senior high school. I live with my grandma. Father and mother passed away when I was still young. That’s all my letter. See you in the next letter.”