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Dec 10 2012

Vote for CFCA’s best 2012 blog post!

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We want to hear from you! Out of these top blog posts for 2012, which would you consider the No. 1 post?

The nominations are:

1) ‘Why I believe in sponsorship’

“That, in a nutshell, is why I believe in sponsorship. Because thatís what sponsorship does: It creates relationships that defy geographic, cultural or socioeconomic boundaries. It connects a mom in the U.S. with a young girl in Haiti in such profound ways that my friend was remembering and bragging on Nirhva’s birthday, just like she would her own daughter’s.”

2) 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card

Veronica from CFCA explores creative ways to send a little something to your sponsored friend, something that fits in a package no larger than 9 by 12 inches, weighs less than a pound and is less than an inch thick.

3) What do sponsored children want to know in letters?
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Dec 7 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: Zena, Elizabeth and Bill

CFCA blogIt’s our privilege to announce three recent blog posts that feature CFCA:

Nothin’ but SocNET: chatting about social networking

CFCA trip – What do you want me to share during my trip?

Blogger and CFCA social media advisory board member Zena Weist is about to travel to Guatemala for her first awareness trip. Zena is writing a series of blog posts about her trip and her sponsorship of 18-year-old Angelica through CFCA. The posts will be published on her blog each Tuesday until she leaves for Guatemala on Dec. 26. Check back on CFCA’s blog and Zena’s blog to see real-time updates from her trip.

Read some of what she wrote last week:

I am going to meet Angelica ó our sponsored daughter who we have been “talking” with via letters for the last 14 years! This is going to be amazing for me. I honestly don’t have the words. And if technology and the local wifi holds up, I’ll be sharing it with you in real-time or near real-time.

Read the full post here

Water Rolls Uphill ó Rise and Dream: A CFCA Documentary

CFCA’s first documentary film, “Rise and Dream,” was released earlier this year. More than 1,000 movie night kits have been distributed.

Many thanks to one blogger who wrote about her family’s “Rise and Dream” movie night, which took place in her home. Read more

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Dec 6 2012

Sponsored youth: ‘Sponsorship has been my miracle’

CFCA sponsored child, SabinaMy name is Sabina. I have been sponsored through CFCA for many years.

I was born to a very large family of 11 in a remote village 50 miles (80 kilometers) away from the nearest populated city.

My family has faced many difficulties.

There were days when we only had one meal. I used to join my sisters in carrying firewood from a distant jungle so that my mother could cook. Sometimes, we would collect leaves to sell in order to support ourselves.

When I was old enough to go to school 16 years ago, my parents told me that I needed to stay back and help graze cattle because they could not afford to send both me and my brother to school. I wept for days.

A year later, my life changed. God heard my cry when my family received news that I had been sponsored through CFCA.

Because of sponsorship, my parents could finally afford to send me to school. It was then that I made the serious decision to study hard and support my family.

There were times that I had to discontinue my studies because of poverty, but I can now say that I have graduated at the top of my class, and feel that I can support myself.

I recently accepted a job offer and now work as a branch postmaster in Dumka, India. I am one of the first from my village to work for the government.

Sponsorship has been my miracle. If my sponsor, Antoinette, were not in my life, it would have been an uphill battle to finish school. I would not have been able to complete my education.

She has taken care of me and believed in me so that I could become someone in life. God has done marvelous work in my life through her. I am so thankful.

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Dec 5 2012

Advent reflection: ‘For it is in giving that we receive’

Father Mark LaneEvery Wednesday during the Advent season, we will post a reflection in hopes that it may help you on your own journey through Advent. This weekís reflection is offered by Father Mark Lane, CFCA preacher.

“Ö I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Ö” (Phil 1:6)

Sometimes it is the simplest and most obvious detail that is the most revealing.

When God comes into this world it is among the ordinary people of a not so remarkable period in history and in a corner of the world far from the center of prominence.

Luke, in the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Advent,, tries to give Jesus’advent an historical grandeur that the raw facts do not exactly bare out.

John the Baptist is indeed an exotic character, but his ministry is mainly in the desert, far from the center of things in Jerusalem. Read more

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Dec 3 2012

‘Moving on up': Colombian mother buys first home

By Celina, mother of two sponsored children in the Hope for a Family sponsorship program in Colombia

CFCA-Colombia: Celina and her daughter in their new house

Celina and her daughter standing in front of their new home.

My goal has always been to have my own house. That was my biggest dream, but I could never save enough money to buy a home.

When my children joined the program, Elvia, a CFCA staff member, started to talk about mothers groups and how we could develop our skills.

We made a poster with our dreams, and I chose to use a picture of a house. Elvia told us that we can reach our goals as long as we establish clear goals.

After that meeting, I started to think about the first step in reaching my dreams. I started to attend CFCA workshops frequently to gain motivation.

I was unemployed, and we needed to have a bank account with money before we qualified for government-subsidized housing. I had just 50.000 pesos (about $28 US) in my pocket. I asked the bank about the process and learned I needed 60.000 pesos (about $33 US) to open a bank account. Read more

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Nov 30 2012

Family in India overcomes job loss, starts small businesses

C Rose Mary, mother in IndiaWe recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Here’s the story of C. Rose Mary — enjoy!

I have been involved with CFCA for the last 12 years. It helped us during our most difficult period of economic crisis.

When my husband lost his job, we were worried about our family and our children’s future. During that time I took a loan from my CFCA mothers group and started selling vegetables at our rented home. Eventually my vegetable shop became famous locally.

Suddenly the owner of the house where we were staying asked us to move. We didn’t know what to do next.

As I repaid the previous loan, I took another loan and started a small hotel in an industrial area. Now it’s running very well.

The hotel has supported our family for the past five years. My husband purchases groceries and helps prepare the food. He also serves tea in nearby factories. My son and my two daughters also work at the hotel when they are not in school.

Recently I took another loan to repair our house.

My younger daughter Celestina was sponsored through the Hope for a Family program and has now graduated. We are so thankful to CFCA for being with us and helping us to overcome our difficulties.

My advice for other mothers in mothers groups is to start a business with group loans. It will help you to develop your financial status and will also help you to repay the loan to the group.

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Nov 29 2012

What’s the best way to let CFCA know when I change my address?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. I just moved to a new address. What’s the best, easiest way to let CFCA know?

A. We’re so glad you asked!

It’s important that we keep our records updated whenever you move, so that we can continue sending your sponsored friend’s letters to you at your new location (as well as your tax-deductible sponsorship contributions). If we cannot locate your new address in time, your sponsored friend’s letters cannot get to you.

The easiest way to update your mailing address is through your online sponsorship account. Click on the “Profile” tab to the right of the “Account home” tab. Then under the main “Account information” section, edit your details or confirm that the address we have on file is correct for you.

Change CFCA online account information

As an alternative, you can always call our Sponsor Services team at (800) 875-6564 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or email mail@cfcausa.org.

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