May 22 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: Lynn Woolf, CatholicMom.com

CFCA blog It’s our privilege to announce two recent blog posts that feature CFCA:

“Why am I a CFCA sponsor?” from Lynn Woolf

Lynn Woolf sponsors two children through CFCA, Flora in Tanzania and Christian in Honduras.

For Mother’s Day, Lynn blogged about a recent letter she received from Christian’s mother, Lenis:

I am greeting you with much love hoping you are in good health. I send you my best wishes. We hope you are having a happy Easter. Christian likes to go to the river and play in the water. I want to tell you that it is very hot and we enjoy the shade of the trees; we have plenty around the house. It is beautiful.

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“Sharath ó Friend of the Month” from CatholicMom.com

Lisa Hendey has graciously partnered with us by featuring a monthly invitation on CatholicMom.com for readers to consider sponsoring a friend through CFCA. This month we chose to tell Sharath’s story.

We’re hoping to find a sponsor for Sharath, a 10-year-old boy in India! Since his father passed away, Sharath’s mother is the sole breadwinner and works as a daily laborer. Her income is seasonal and doesn’t cover her family’s basic needs.

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We invite you to click on these posts and comment on them. This helps show our support for these bloggers’ efforts to tell others about our work!

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Apr 20 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: CatholicMom.com

CFCA blogIt’s our privilege to announce a recent blog post that features CFCA:

“Ada ó Friend of the Month” from CatholicMom.com

Lisa Hendey has graciously partnered with us by featuring a monthly invitation on CatholicMom.com to consider sponsoring a friend through CFCA. This month we chose to tell Ada’s story.

CFCA welcomes children, youth and other individuals living with varying degrees of physical and mental disabilities to participate in its Hope for a Family sponsorship program. Often people with special needs living in poverty have little or no access to health and rehabilitation services. This can make life difficult for them, and also for the family members who support them.

One of these children with special needs is 12-year-old Ada, who lives in Nicaragua with her family. (To preserve the privacy of our sponsored friends, we donít share details about their special needs online.) Ada likes to paint and helps with household chores such as washing dishes and sweeping the house. Sponsoring Ada would help her family pay for her medical needs and support her education.

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Mar 24 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: Perspicacity and CatholicMom.com

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

Perspicacity: Sustaining Sandra’s smile (A CFCA “Tell a Story” post)

Paula Kiger has joined our “Tell a Story” campaign by featuring Sandra, a 5-year-old from Guatemala who is awaiting sponsorship, on her blog. It’s a neat and personal way to tell a short story about a child in need and describe the child’s life, family and living conditions to anyone who may be interested in sponsorship.

Sandra and her family need the additional hope that a sponsorship gives. Please consider sponsoring her or shining a light on her situation by helping me spread the word!

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“Emili ó Friend of the Month” from CatholicMom.com

Lisa Hendey has graciously partnered with us by featuring a monthly invitation on CatholicMom.com to consider sponsoring a friend through CFCA. This month we chose to tell Emili’s story.

The cost of sponsorship is less than the price of taking a family of four to the movies, and will make a huge difference in the life of Emili and her family, but also in your familyís life. During this season of Lent when we look for opportunities to pray, to fast and to give alms, connecting with Emili and her family through sponsorship could be a tremendous blessing to your family.

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Mar 10 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: Watch over thy child, O Lord!

CFCA blogIt’s our privilege to announce a recent blog post that features CFCA:

Watch over thy child, O Lord!

A new sponsor to the CFCA community shares her experience, as well as a beautiful prayer for children everywhere.

I pray [this prayer] when my daughter sails out of the house each morning, but now I’ll include this sweetheart: Melven, the little guy we just sponsored through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. This is a fantastic organization, for which our former pastor now works; they spend their money wisely in the developing world, and the kids and elderly folks sponsored really do exist. Melven is 6, likes “maths” and dancing, and has a little sister and a dad whose income as a security guard “is not enough to maintain basic expenses.”

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Feb 11 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: CatholicMom.com

CFCA blogThanks to Lisa Hendey for featuring this guest blog post from Loretta Shea Kline, CFCA director of communications:

Family learns what it means to ‘love your neighbor’

My greatest hope for my two daughters was that they would grow up to be good people ñ to follow the commandment of Jesus to ìlove your neighbor as yourself.î

Our Catholic social tradition teaches us that loving our neighbor extends to our global neighbors, and that we are one human family despite national, racial, economic and other differences. It also guides us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

How, though, do you teach children such concepts?

I have been blessed because my work involves me daily in the Churchís social teachings, and I am able to share this gift with my family.

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Feb 4 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: St Henry II and In the Heart of my Home

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

1) St Henry II: Sponsoring

This wonderful, firsthand account of a blogger’s journey into sponsorship deeply moved us.

Reflecting on my CFCA experience, I knew that I would be a blessing to the people I sponsored, but I didnít think theyíd be such a blessing to me. Rajesh, Margaret, and Darweshi arenít just random people; they are a part of my family. Getting a letter from one of them is the highlight of my week. I pray for them and I know that they pray for me, and I hope that Indira is in heaven praying for all of us. Becoming a sponsor is one of the best decisions Iíve ever made; if you experience it yourself, youíll understand why.

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2) In the Heart of my Home: Teaching charity, hope to your children through sponsorship

Our thanks to Elizabeth Foss for publishing this guest blog post from Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA web editor and writer!

One of my sweetest childhood memories is writing letters to my family’s sponsored child. My parents have a long history of child sponsorship, and they encouraged us to write to their sponsored children. We were maybe 8 or 9 at the time.

I remember looking at the children’s pictures, reading their letters and wondering what their lives were like.

Today I work as web editor and writer for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. CFCA is a lay Catholic sponsorship organization serving more than 300,000 children, youth and aging persons around the world.

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Jan 13 2012

2011 CFCA blog numbers in review

Thanks to WordPress for preparing a 2011 annual report for our CFCA blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 82,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 237 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 639 posts. There were 580 pictures uploaded. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

We appreciate all our blog visitors and subscribers for giving us such great readership in 2011!

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