This young man was sponsored in 2004 when the program started. Living with his grandparents in a tiny hut on a ravine, he attends church faithfully.
Johnrey became an excellent athelete and travelled around with his school’s sports competitions winning medals and trophies, but with an intellectual disability, Johnrey remained in Grade 1 for many years.
There came a time when Johnrey's school could no longer allow him to attend as a young adult so his sponsors set him up with a small business to assist his grandparents with living expenses.
In 2021 we learned of the dire circumstances of one of MPFG’s sponsor children. Living in someone’s basic bamboo and tarpaulin for housing, malnutrition was so bad that the family’s newborn baby was sent away to extended family. Hearing this, we decided to fundraise for another MPFG house purchase and with the help of BMI churches and MPFG sponsors we were able to purchase another house for them to rent. Praise God!
In early September 2021, with the funds sent from donors in Australia, MPFG purchased this house, close to school, church and markets with the goal to add another bedroom, build extension for washing/laundry area and outdoor kitchen and provide water installation. Refreshed walls, outdoor kitchen, extra room extension and painting. Plus, the provision of beds, electric fans, table and chairs and some kitchen wares have been able to be provided. Alongside all this, the property allows the family to make a living, perhaps by running a small shop. This will improve the family economically moving forward. God is SO good.
At our 2018 fundraiser, we auctioned a canvas of one of our MPFG sponsor children (now deceased) with the aim of raising funds for a wheelchair. When we visited earlier that year we noticed a mother carrying a 16 year old boy to our meeting. He was almost twice her size. This child and his brother have a degenerative disease of their muscles and had been long-term sponsor children in our program.
God had other ideas with the amount we raised which enabled the purchase of a wheel chair, and the remaining funds used for the first purchase of a house to be owned by MPFG.
The house is rented to the same MPFG family to enable access to school for their remaining disabled child.