As they commit their trust, hope, resources and willingness to grow, CFCA sponsors find pathways into solidarity with families living in poverty. Jack and Martha Kern are two sponsors who exemplify this relationship of solidarity. CFCA Communications Intern Marie Biggs had an opportunity to speak with the Kerns about their commitment to help young people achieve their potential through education.
Martha and Jack Kern
Jack Kern’s Catholic faith, interest in studying Spanish and time spent in Latin America made sponsoring through CFCA a natural choice for him and his wife, Martha.
With some inspiration from their experiences as CFCA sponsors, the Austin, Texas, couple later helped found a nonprofit organization that provides support to a small village in central Mexico.
Jack and Martha began sponsoring through CFCA more than 10 years ago after seeing a sponsorship table at their church.
In 2002, Jack went on a mission awareness trip to El Salvador to visit their sponsored child, Marta.
“The desire to make more of a personal connection with Marta was one of the things that prompted me to sign up to visit her in El Salvador,” Jack said in his recently published book, “Weavers of Hope ñ Una Familia Humana ñ One Human Family.” “I wanted to learn more about her life and how she and her family lived.”
In the book, Jack describes his experiences founding the nonprofit and the people that encouraged him.
Jack wrote that he felt inspired by the joy and happiness he saw in the midst of difficult living situations in El Salvador.
He was also impressed by the CFCA staff members he met and their focus on education as a tool for overcoming poverty. Read more…