From the slums of Latin America to the UN in New York
Written by engage on July 22, 2019
Jonathan Almonte knows what it’s like to live in poverty and plenty.
Today, as the Youth Development Specialist of Compassion Dominican Republic, Jonathan helps to shape the holistic development of 22,000 young people in 181 churches. He is passionate about empowering the next generation, bringing hope to the hopeless, and mobilising the Church into action.
However, Jonathan has experienced extreme poverty firsthand, having grown up in a crime-ridden ghetto in Santo Domingo
He then personally experienced hope and the transformation it can bring to a surrendered heart.Jonathan’s life began changing when his mother enrolled him in Compassion’s child development program.
For the first time in his life, all of his educational, nutritional, medical, and physical needs were taken care of, and Jonathan felt believed in like he never had before. That deep sense of worthiness and belonging drove him forward, developing him into the leader and family man he is today.
Through Compassion, Jonathan was able to attend university, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in modern languages. He is currently a student of Theological Studies from the Wisdom and Integrity Institute associated with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jonathan now lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with his wife Kary and son JD. Spending time with his family after a long day of work is one of his greatest joys.