Floodwaters are finally receding on the Nyando River in Western Kenya, and CFCA sponsored friends and their families are now safe to re-enter their homes to assess the damage. Thankfully, all emerged physically safe. Continue reading
Rather than spend a lot of money on advertising, CFCA relies on the enthusiasm of our volunteers and all the other sponsors who informally share what sponsorship means to them.
More than 7,000 volunteers have stepped forward to help spread the word about CFCA among their friends, families and communities.
What are your ways of sharing CFCA with others?
There are so many ways and opportunities to share the work of CFCA. Everyone uses a different approach based on their interests and talents. Thatís why we want to hear what works for you!
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Here are a few ideas from volunteers to get us started:
- Eleven-year-old Grace Castillo sells crocheted hair accessories she makes herself to raise funds for CFCA’s Hope for a Family program. At craft fairs, Grace shows those who stop by her table a picture of her sponsored friend, and she talks about how special he is to her family.
- College Student Daniela Bradvica encourages students in Catholic schools to sponsor a child. She even helps them create classroom bulletin boards that feature the country of their sponsored friend.
- Clement Ward hosted a movie night to show CFCA’s “Rise and Dream” documentary. He put announcements in church bulletins around town and developed fliers with information about CFCA, including our website.
- Kristi Sands spreads the word about CFCA’s work through an email signature that appears at the bottom of every email she sends. The signature reads, “Wonít you please consider joining me in sponsoring a child?” and includes a link to her CFCA “My Outreach” page. She goes on to say, “I’ve been a sponsor since 1999, met my girls in Nicaragua in 2011, and have found the whole experience so worthwhile! Since I canít sponsor them all myself, Iím looking for others who can help. Ö”
Leave a comment and let us know how you share CFCA with others!
No matter how old or young a person might be, anyone can change the world.
Grace Castillo, an 11-year-old from Florida, has proven this to be true through her tremendous efforts raising awareness and funds in support of CFCA’s work.
Grace, who sponsors a child, fellow 11-year-old Salvador from the Philippines, loves to make arts and crafts. She has taken her creations to church craft fairs, selling crocheted hair accessories and other items to benefit Salvador and others in need.
“She is truly our Amazing Grace,” said Abegail Castillo, Grace’s mother. “We are so proud of her for putting her faith into action.”
Grace participated in her first craft fair in November. She sold crocheted headbands, hair accessories, decorated picture frames, magnets, bookmarks, handmade necklaces and bracelets.
“Another vendor at the craft fair was so moved by Graceís passion for CFCA that she invited Grace to participate in another craft fair the following month,” Abegail said.
When people stop by her booth, Grace introduces herself and states that the items at the booth are her creations. She then explains that the net proceeds from her booth go to CFCA.
She talks about what CFCA stands for and how it helps people in need, and she gives them an informational brochure. To top it all off, she shows them a picture of Salvador and talks about how special he is to her and her family.
“Grace’s dream for Salvador is to know that God is always with him, even when life is tough,” Abegail said. “It’s very heart
-warming to see so many who hear Grace’s message of loving God through loving others and be moved by her compassionate heart,” Abegail said.
After selling her crafts in a few more fairs, Grace would like to host and play violin for a benefit concert at her home, to create greater awareness of CFCA.
Click here to learn more about how, like Grace, you can tell others about CFCA.
The Blog Action Day website explains that, “The Power of We is a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, either for their own communities or for people they will never meet halfway around the world.”
What a natural fit for CFCA!
CFCA lives “The Power of We” in the work we do all over the world.
Our recently released documentary, “Rise and Dream,” is exactly that kind of celebration. You can see that in the trailer (below). The film tells the story of a community of families working hard to break the cycle of poverty in an area impacted by violent conflict. Read more
CFCA sponsors never cease to amaze us! They’re continually accomplishing everyday miracles through their compassion and support for people around the world.
In just one example, the Woodmont Christian Church youth group used a creative combination of cake and coffee sales, a Raise Funds Raise Hope campaign and a matching grant from the church’s outreach committee to raise more than $8,000 for CFCA’s project need fund.
These funds will help build two houses for families in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.
“When we return [to Guatemala] in 2014, our group would be very honored to meet the families and see the homes that were built with love from Nashville,” Emmie Thomas wrote to us in an email.
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