Aug 16 2012

CFCA brings joy to K.C. families affected by domestic violence

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By Jennifer Harjo, CFCA marketing manager

It was a day of bright colors and laughter as CFCA staff members spent a morning playing games and visiting with mothers and their children at the Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The center serves women and children in Kansas City who are affected by domestic violence.

CFCA works in 22 developing countries around the world to bring education, joy and empowerment to families. Staffers were honored to be afforded the opportunity to have a similar impact in their home base of Kansas City through the Rose Brooks event.

The group from CFCA came prepared to entertain, complete with a cupcake-decorating station, face-painting, ladder ball, fishing, an art table and other games.

The activities were part of the annual Rose Brooks Resource Fair, offering school supplies, backpacks, medical checkups and other community resources to those staying at the center. Read more

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Aug 6 2012

Experiencing the grace, elegance of Nicaragua and its people

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

It’s a joy to share with you the beautiful people of Nicaragua.

With a population of more than 5 million, statisticians rate Nicaragua as the largest in geographical size and economically poorest of Central America.

It is popularly known as the land of volcanoes, poets, artists and good baseball, but let’s add beautiful harmonies and colorful dances to that list.

CFCA serves 9,626 children and their families in Nicaragua, along with 856 aging friends. Currently, 1,280 families are on our waiting list for sponsorship. Read more

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Jul 29 2012

Costa Rica mission awareness trip hits home for travelers

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

It’s a privilege and a joy to share this mission awareness trip with 32 fellow travelers and a dedicated Costa Rican staff. And it’s great to have the youth with us.

“We would like to live this trip with a profound spirit of gratitude to the Lord of Life for having given life to CFCA,” Villalobos said.

As soon as Cristina and I landed in San Jose, Costa Rica, on the afternoon of July 7, we learned that the evening before, July 6, our two CFCA staff leaders for this trip (Jean Carlo and Elizabeth) were hit by a car while riding a motorcycle.

After making a few final preparations for the trip, they were on their way home in heavy traffic. Both are hospitalized, with leg injuries serious enough to require surgery, but medical reports show that they will recover. Read more

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Jul 25 2012

Helping your kids develop a global worldview, part 1

Global worldview for kids

By Kristin Littrell, CFCA freelancer

I’m a mom to two young girls, and there’s a lot I don’t know about parenting. A lot.

Kristin Littrell and family

Kristin Littrell and family

But I do know that my husband and I long for our children to have a global worldview.

We want them to know from a young age that they live in a world bigger than their school, neighborhood or even country.

We hope they’ll see their life in relation to the world, not just in relation to the girl at school who has more trendy clothes or takes better vacations.

We believe a global worldview produces compassion, a celebration of diversity and a belief that we are all, regardless of location, created in God’s image.

We pray it will encourage our kids to make choices that benefit the good of others, sometimes even at the expense of their own desires.

Because our kids are still young, we’re just beginning this journey, but we’re doing a few things that we hope are planting the seeds of a compassionate global worldview in their hearts and minds.

I’d love to share them with you through a few upcoming blog posts. For now, let’s start by watching the Olympics with our kids.

Let the Olympics bring the world to your living room Read more

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Jul 23 2012

Dear sponsor, I would like to know …

Have you ever wondered what sponsored children like to know about you? Well, wonder no more! We asked five adorable children in Colombia what they would like to know about their sponsors.

Hopefully this helps you in writing your next letter to your sponsored friend!

Marlon

Marlon, CFCA sponsored child in ColombiaMy name is Marlon and I am 9 years old. I have been sponsored for two years.

I have a message for my sponsor: I wish you will do well with everything on your farm. I would like to hear from you soon.

I like it when you tell me about your grandkids. They are 7 and 8 years old.

Where do you live? Do you have wintertime? What do you grow on your farm? Do you have animals?

I would like to get a picture of you again. Thanks for your family picture and the Christmas picture.

When I grow up I would like to be a singer!

Yessica Read more

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Jul 22 2012

Parish group from Colorado finds loving reception in Guatemala

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

I find the group from Risen Christ Parish as hopeful and dynamic as its name. Here in Guatemala, we are deeply grateful for their love of our people, their presence among us, their example.

Seems like their long-term pastoral plan flows into a very natural outreach toward their neighbors at home in Colorado and in Guatemala.

These friends encountered a richly green and fertile country, but a country heavily burdened by social problems.

Entrusted with the good will and the economic help of their fellow parish members, they worked hard (sometimes under good rains) to offer three sponsored friends and their families a more dignified home. Read more

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Jun 9 2012

Trip to Colombia: ‘An honor to be a sponsor for your children’

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

From my recent report from Medellin and Cartagena, please allow me to offer a little general information about CFCA in Colombia:

From the northern border with Venezuela to the southern border with Ecuador, we’ve walked every kilometer of Colombia, this wonderful country.

(Editor’s note: This is a reference to Walk2gether, the nearly 8,000-mile solidarity walk that Bob and CFCA staffers undertook through 12 Latin American countries. The walk lasted from December 2009 to June 2011.)

I remain deeply grateful for all the blessings, prayers and solidarity.

Colombia is a big piece of the Lord’s creation. In size it is number 4 in Latin America after Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

Colombia is special to me and to my family. I first landed here in 1960 as a Christian Brother missionary teacher.

I was assigned to Colegio La Salle, Cartagena. I have many wonderful memories of my students and fellow teachers at La Salle.

Since Cristina and I sponsored the first CFCA child, Florelia Delgado (Bogota project), CFCA-Colombia has grown to include 19,349 children and 2,179 elderly friends.

In addition, we currently have over 1,000 Colombian children on our waiting list for sponsorship. Project Bogota serves some 6,500 families in both urban and rural areas.

Before the sponsors arrived

Cristina and I enjoyed an inspiring day at the CFCA Center in Bogota on the Friday before the sponsors’ arrival. Read more

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