Dec 30 2011

And CFCA’s best 2011 blog post is …

We asked, and you voted!

Recently we invited our readers to vote on which was our best blog post of 2011.

The voting was fast and furious ñ more than twice as many votes as last year! We’re thrilled with the response.

All of the posts were wonderful, but as always, there had to be a winnerÖ

Organic vegetable gardening takes root in CFCA Filipino community came in first place.

A close second (with only five votes making the difference) was sponsor Cheri Duchrow’s ‘God story’ behind her latest sponsorship.

In third place was Kristi Sands with her reflection on 12 years of child sponsorship.

Thanks, again, to everyone who responded to our survey.

Happy New Year, and we hope 2012 brings more and even better stories to the CFCA community!

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Dec 12 2011

Vote for CFCA’s best 2011 blog post!

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We want to hear from you! Out of these top blog posts for 2011, which would you consider the No. 1 post?

The nominations are:

1)†Sponsor describes ‘God story’ behind latest sponsorship

“My latest child sponsorship has its own God story. I had read about othersí experiences in many countries where people make a living in city dumps and live in the slums. These break into the silence of my soul, and I cannot shut out the images.”

2)†Organic vegetable gardening takes root in CFCA Filipino community

Rapid urbanization has brought many problems, including garbage, malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity. CFCA helps secure food for sponsored friends and their families while encouraging them to develop creative, sustainable solutions. For example, parents of sponsored children in the Philippines are cultivating vegetable gardens.

3) Preacher witnesses the miracle of sponsorship

“But having seen Juanaís broad smile and abundant tears, I made a mental note to myself: I must share with everyone how their gifts to CFCA can be an answer to prayer ñ how a few dollars invested in the right project can seem like ‘un milagro (miracle).’”

4) 5 ways to ‘visit’ your sponsored friend

We explore ways to ‘visit’ your sponsored friend without leaving home!

5) A former sponsored child in El Salvador looks back

Juan Carlos was sponsored through CFCAís Santa Ana, El Salvador, office for 10 years, from 8 to 18. He is now 28 and lives outside Santa Ana with his wife and their 2-year-old son. Juan Carlos works in the maintenance department of a local hospital. Nimia works at a textile factory.

6) Joy of the journey: Reflection on 12 years of child sponsorship

“In the Nicaraguan airport, I decided to swallow my lack of confidence in trying to communicate, paste on a wide smile, and try to use the language of love and my little Spanish to the best of my ability. As my spiritual director would remind me, I know how to smile in Spanish!”

7) Washing laundry by hand in Guatemala

Think doing laundry is a tedious job? Most women in San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala, do their laundry by hand … in a lake!

The No. 1 post that the majority of our readers choose will be given a place of honor on our blog, and it may be repurposed for our promotional and marketing materials.

Have you made your choice? If so, click here to take the survey.

Voting closes Dec. 20, so be sure to vote before then!

Please share the survey with your family and friends, particularly those who don’t yet know about CFCA. We’d enjoy hearing what they think of these posts, too.

Thanks, and we appreciate your help!

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Jul 13 2011

CFCA in the blogosphere

CFCA blogGood news! We were recently featured in the blogosphere by four wonderful blogs:

1) http://www.matguatemala.blogspot.com

Joe Bliss created this blog after going on a mission awareness trip with CFCA to Guatemala. He has some breathtakingly beautiful pictures and stories that touched us deeply.

“I have seen the fruits of this charity and I simply cannot recommend them enough,” he writes. “They are changing the lives of the poorest of the poor.”

2) http://calledeabrazos.wordpress.com†and†3) http://woodmontkids.smugmug.com

These two blogs are inspired by a youth group’s June-July mission awareness trip to Guatemala.

The Woodmont Christian Church youth group had Sandy Smith and Jim Thomas as chaperones. The youth group also joined in welcoming CFCA President Bob Hentzen’s return to Guatemala from Walk2gether.

4) The Marketing Mama blog

Missy, aka Marketing Mama, recently received a letter from her sponsored friend in Honduras. Her friend has graduated high school and is going to college in the fall.

Missy sponsors two students; the other student is in Africa.

“Can you think of the difference a college education will make in their lives?” Missy wrote in her blog post. “I’m so grateful and honored to support them.”

Please help these bloggers by clicking on their posts and commenting on them. Weíd like to support them in any way we can!

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Feb 28 2011

CFCA, Walk2gether in the blogosphere

CFCA blogGood news! We were recently featured in the blogosphere by this wonderful post from a blog called Robin’s Nest:

1)†http://robinclark.info/?p=22

Our second mention was from Elie Gardner, a freelance photographer and journalist who joined CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen when Walk2gether was in Peru and crossed into Bolivia:

2)†http://eliegardner.com/2011/02/24/a-long-walk

Please help these bloggers by clicking on their posts and commenting on them. We’d like to support them in any way we can!

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Feb 21 2011

Topics you would like us to discuss on our blog

Yuri from Colombia

Yuri, little sister to two children sponsored through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program in Colombia.

We’re grateful for the appreciation and support we regularly receive from our blog audience.

Now it’s your turn to “drive” this conversation, so to speak!

What topics would you like us to cover during the rest of 2011? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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Jan 9 2011

2010 CFCA blog numbers in review

We wanted to share with you this high-level summary of our blog’s “overall health”:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterô reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2010. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would have performed about 3 times.

In 2010, there were 152 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 395 posts. There were 186 pictures uploaded. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 17th with 543 views. The most popular post that day was Desert brings clarity to Walk2gether in Peru.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were cfcausa.org, walk2gether.org, facebook.com and†mail.yahoo.com.

We appreciate all our blog visitors and subscribers for giving us such great readership in 2010!

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Dec 13 2010

Vote for CFCA’s best blog post of the year!

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We want to hear from you! Out of the top 10 blog posts for 2010, which would you consider the No. 1 post?

And the nominations are:

1)†ëMagic beltí†makes Ecuador walkerís pain disappear

CFCA accounting manager Bill Hansen joined Bob Hentzen during Walk2gether in Ecuador. The 21-mile days were no challenge for Hansen until excruciating back pain left him immobile. Bob’s “magic belt” enabled Bill to finish the walk pain free.

2)†Brother writes letter after sponsored youth dies

“Our whole family grieves his death, but we know that he is an angel of Jesus and he takes care of us from heaven.” So writes Santos SalomÛn’s brother to Santos’ sponsor after Santos died in an accident: “He said there is no better medicine than God and a smile.”

3) Cleaning Cinquera

After hiding in the mountains for 12 years during El Salvadorís civil war, residents of Cinquera returned in 1992 to find their beloved town destroyed. Today CFCA sponsors 500 children, youth and aging in Cinquera, and the town is a model of community cooperation and pride.

4) Regina’s gift to her sponsoring family

“Years ago, a priest came to our parish in Hannibal, Mo. He spoke of CFCA and the dire need of children and elderly around the world. Our girls asked, ‘Can we adopt a sister, PLEASE?!!’ We found it hard to say no. Actually, it was God saying yes to a blessing in our lives. My husband and I thought we could make some small difference in a childís life; we didnít realize the difference Regina would make in ours.”

5) Going back to school at 74

“Today I have some homework in Spanish. I have to answer the following questions: Who am I? What do I want to be? I am not going to answer much. What I will write is: ‘I am Flor de Maria. I am 74 years old. I want to be a lawyer. Granted, this isnít up to me. This is up to God.’ “

6) Juan Antonio ñ the dancing man

Ever wanted to see an 83-year-old dance? Here’s your opportunity! Meet Juan Antonio, a vibrant man in El Salvador sponsored through CFCA.

7) Walk2gether brings out hope on the highway

“At CFCA we talk about hope a lot. Itís in the name of our sponsorship program: Hope for a Family. But have you ever actually witnessed hope? I hadnít until I visited Ecuador and walked with Bob and CFCA families on Walk2gether. Hope was everywhere.”

8) From beneficiaries to partners

“Nonprofit organizations often divide their stakeholders neatly into two categories: donors and beneficiaries. But CFCA has always viewed things a little differently. The word ìbeneficiaryî implies someone who passively receives assistance from another person. But sponsored members and their families are not passive. They are some of the most active people I have met.”

9) El Salvadoran man, 103, explains how to live a long life

Need we say more?

10) Miguel reads a poem

Watch this video of an incredibly eloquent 8-year-old, and be amazed! Miguel, a third-grader, read this poem to CFCA President Bob Hentzen and others on the second evening of Walk2gether.

The No. 1 post that the majority of our readers choose will be given a place of honor on our blog, and it may be repurposed for our promotional and marketing materials.

Have you made your choice? If so, click here to take the survey.

Please share the survey with your family and friends, particularly those who don’t yet know about CFCA. We’d enjoy hearing what they think of these posts, too.

Thanks, and we appreciate your help!

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