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Sneak preview: Sameson’s story

Get a taster of this inspirational story from our January magazine.

Sameson Tilahun

"The course of my life changed when I was registered for the Compassion Child Sponsorship Programme. When my life seemed to be at a standstill, God sent Compassion to brighten my future."

Here's a sneak preview of the story Compassion graduate, Sameson, tells us in the January edition of our Compassion Magazine:

Sameson Tilahun smiling

My name is Sameson Tilahun. When I was five-years-old my mother left me at my aunt's house. I didn't realise she wasn't coming back for me. Nobody spoke my language and I didn't have enough to eat.

Sameson mentoring a young boy

I can still remember the day when our neighbour took me to the Compassion project. It felt like I had gone from one world to another.

Sameson reading his Bible

The support I got was beyond material provision. I was taught about Jesus.

Sameson Tilahun, ET-116-0248

I still have some of the letters from my sponsor and their family. I was very happy to interact with them. One of the first letters said they received a photo of me and they had frames and kept it. I was really happy to hear that.

Sameson Tilahun's woodwork

At the project I was taught woodworking and this is how I now make an income.

Sponsored children walking to the woodwork shed

My old project even arranged for sponsored children to learn training from my workshop. I'm very happy to be a role model. Looking back, I am very thankful for the opportunities I have been given. Compassion is a place where I grew up to be the young man God created me to be.

WORDS : Becca Stanley

PHOTOS : Sean Sheridan

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