Aug 6 2010

Every time a bell rings, a child gets closer to sponsorship

By Cathy Cazares, parish contact representative

For Cathy and her coworkers, ringing the bell means a child is one step closer to sponsorship.

For Cathy and her co-workers, ringing the bell means a child is one step closer to sponsorship.

We love to hear bells ring on the parish contact team!

Bells ringing? Whatís that all about?

Well, a former co-worker came up with the idea. When a pastor at a parish accepts our request and invites CFCA for a weekend visit, and then we confirm the availability of one of our CFCA presenters for the weekend, we ring a bell. It means we are one step closer to getting more children, youths and aging individuals sponsored.

Even getting a pastor on the phone to ask him if he would be open to inviting a CFCA presenter can be quite difficult. Pastors are very busy people. When we actually get the opportunity to speak with them and they accept our offer to share the work of CFCA, we are quite happy.

When a pastor accepts, and we confirm the availability of one of our presenters, we head for the bell. The bells are attached to the cubicle wall of our workspace, and we are ever so happy to get up out of our chairs and ring that bell!

That is why, ìEvery time a bell rings, a child gets closer to sponsorship.î

So, here on the parish contact team, if we hear bells ringing constantly, that is a very good thing!

This is the final of four entries in the parish contact series. Read more here:
Part 1: The diary of a parish contact
Part 2: Learning is an evolution
Part 3: ‘Lord, … help me do your work’

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Aug 5 2010

‘Lord, … help me do your work’

By Cathy Cazares, parish contact representative

Here on the parish contact team, even when a pastor says, ìNo,î or ìNot at this time,î we think of it as a bit of success. After all, he didnít say, ìDonít call again!î He has heard our message, and he has heard our name.

Perhaps, too, in those few precious minutes on the phone, we have touched the heart of a receptionist or secretary with our story of sponsorships. Maybe they really heard our message, and will look at our website and be led to sponsorship. Maybe they will share it with a family member or a friend, or even talk to the pastor who might reconsider giving us a second look. The next time they open a publication and see our ad, perhaps they will look just a little bit closer.

Cathy

Although it may be difficult to hear ìnoî so many times in a day, itís not about me and my disappointment. Itís really about allowing me an opportunity to think about a new way to introduce CFCA. Iím getting the opportunity to work harder so that I might be successful in what I do, which translates into sponsorships of children and elderly in need.

We continually remember it might be a bad day or a bad year. It is just not the right time, and really, itís not about me at all. So I squelch my little ego inside and say an extra prayer, ìLord, let their hearts be open and help me do your work.î

I was given an opportunity with CFCA to help provide for my family, and now itís up to me to work hard to help empower families in poverty to provide for their loved ones. So while, ìNo, not at this time,î may be difficult to hear over and over again, we try to remember that, ìíNo,í only means no today.î

This is the third of four entries in the parish contact series. Read more here:
Part 1: The diary of a parish contact
Part 2: Learning is an evolution
Part 4: Every time a bell rings, a child gets closer to sponsorship

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