From a Small Radio to a Big Studio

How sponsors helped turn a boy’s love for music into a successful career.

by Danette Kertz | Photos by Ty Van Rensburg and Courtesy of Marcus Rixon

Marcus Rixon was born in South Asia, where crushing poverty brings economic instability and social injustices.

His parents couldn’t afford his school fees. So they prayed for a way to provide for him. The answer to their prayers came when Marcus was sponsored through One Child Matters. Marcus was now able to go to school and received encouragement from his sponsors David and Regina Wilkes.

Marcus cannot fathom what life would have been like without his sponsors’ help: “I don’t think I would be alive, first of all; I would’ve gotten into the wrong crowd,” he says, “or inherited my father’s job working as a laborer somewhere.”

Marcus grew up without a television, but a small radio ignited his love for music and helped him “forget about the four walls” of the 12′ x 6′ space his family of four called home. Participating in talent shows and chapel services at school also deepened his interest in music.

See the powerful moment when Marcus met his sponsors. Video by Ty Van Rensburg.

After high school Marcus came to the U.S. to attend college. In 2014 Marcus graduated from Asbury College with a bachelor’s degree in media communications and audio production. Today, he is married to his wife, Abby, they have a son, and Marcus is managing Christian artists’ careers. Grateful for these blessings, Marcus says he wants to “extend his hand to others in need.”

“I felt like I had a friend in a different part of the world that actually cared for me … and now where I am, I can see how important it is,” Marcus says. “It’s not sponsoring a kid; it’s sponsoring a generation.”

In 2018, Marcus was delighted to meet his sponsors in person during a surprise visit. Marcus and his sponsors still keep in touch, and David even stopped by Marcus’ office with a baby gift for Elliot.

These days, Marcus looks for ways to give back. Last Christmas he purchased gifts for a group of orphans his parents serve in their hometown. He also shares his story with audiences to encourage others to sponsor children — and is living proof of the power of sponsorship.

Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.

— Psalm 113:5-8 —