Showing posts with label CFCA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CFCA. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jose Miguel ~ Sponsorship & Prayers ~ ANSWERED!

Thanks to all who helped by tweeting, linking, and praying!

I make no bones about this's a appeal.  Please read to the end as I am sure you can help in one way or another.

We've been sponsoring Ryan James for about four months now and I really wanted to help CFCA reach their goal of 8000 kids.  What is 8000 kids? 

Seventy-five-year-old Bob Hentzen, the president and co-founder of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, ended his 17-month, 8,000-mile walk across 12 countries to show solidarity with the poor June 6.
His goal was to gain sponsorship for a child for each mile he walked in one of 22 countries served by the foundation, which is based in Kansas City, Kan. Along the way, Hentzen visited and walked with some of the 182,000 families helped by the foundation.
While Hentzen's goal of gaining 8,000 sponsors had not been reached, he earned support for more than 5,000 children. He told CNS that his goal was to reach as many as possible. "Numbers haven't been that important to me."
~From CNS
You can read about CFCA on my sidebar and by going to their website of:  While the company has been founded by two Catholic gentlemen you need not be Catholic to sponsor a child or aging and the child or aging does not need to be Catholic to get sponsored and they are not out to convert.  I also want to note that CFCA has an A+ rating from American Institute of Philanthropy with a 94.3% program support rating.  You can read more about their financials here.

Your sponsorship is more than just a handout:
Our unique style of sponsorship is effective because we know "one size does not fit all." Project coordinators and staff members listen closely to our sponsored members and their families, then tailor benefits and services to meet their specific needs. In many projects, parents of sponsored children are given opportunities to participate in skills training or livelihood initiatives, so that they can begin to rely less on sponsorship and more on their own abilities to provide for their families.
~From CFCA
And here's the appeal part:

Last week I contact CFCA to see if I could help with the goals in reaching 8000 kids.  I was sent a packet for little Jose Miguel.  Many things come to mind when I see the picture of Jose Miguel and read the information about his family.  But here's what I know:

Jose Miguel was born on April 28, 2010 to a mother who is 20 years old and a father who is 25.   He likes to play with cars and is learning Spanish.  He is said to be so sweet and has special needs regarding his health, he has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.  

His mother and father both work, yet they have so many problems as their income is too low to cover all the needs for little Jose Miguel.  He lives in a home with mud walls, a zinc roof, and a dirt floor.  He sleeps on a wooden bed, cooking is done by firewood and lastly, six people live in this home.  The family income is about $15 USD per month.

My prayers, if it's God's will, are for me to use my blog & tweeting to help this family gain sponsorship.  Sponsorship is $30 USD per month. 

If you feel called to sponsor this child please contact me at

If you are able, I humbly ask if you will please spread the word using whatever social media you are able.  Facebook, twitter, blog post, or e-mail.  Thank you.

Lastly, can you please add this little boy, Jose Miguel to your prayers?

May God bless you!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Heart Treasured Letter

On days when we don't go anywhere, we like to stretch our legs {Gizmo too} by taking a walk to the post office.  It seems like such a treat to have mail delivered right to your door, but the real treat for us is our postmaster, Ms. Mary. 

Ms. Mary mailed our wedding invitations, but she took an interest in seeing them before they were sealed.  She hand stamped them all {there weren't that many since we had a small small wedding} for me.  She has gazed at our babies, their announcements, and as soon as they have been able, she gives them suckers.  She always asks me first if they can have suckers, which I really appreciate.  I also make it a point that we don't always get suckers so as they only think of visiting her to get treats, after all, it's a treat just to see her.

Today when we walked up the hill we met Ms. Mary on the street.  She likes to walk on her lunch break.  We chatted for a minute and the dog barked {grrrr!}, I asked her if I had a package today.  She smiled and gave me the nod, something was in the locker for me.  Something I've been, sort of, patiently waiting for.  Oh sweetness!

The kids got the key for the locker out of the box and sailed off to find locker 343.  I checked the regular bills and was so overtaken to find this envelope. from my sponsored friend, Ryan James.  I had chills all over, I was teary just thinking about what my letter would look like.  A picture, maybe his name, but not knowing what a five year old boy from the Philippines could send me.

This was special so I asked the kids if they wanted to go to the church.  I thought we could sit outside the House of Jesus, on His lawn, while we saw the fruits of the Holy Spirit unfold before our eyes.  It was a struggle to find a spot we could all agree on, sun, shade, wet grass, concrete sidewalk, and keep the dog quiet. 

We finally managed to find sunny sidewalk by wet shaded grass and opened our letter.  At first glance I see the letter is written by an adult.  My thoughts were an interpreter, but I was wrong.  The letter came from our sponsored child's mother, Ms. Wenifreda.
I read aloud to the kids as much as I could manage as my eyes welled with water.  She has said for now, she will write on behalf of her son as he does not know how to write.  She thanks me for choosing her son as our sponsored child, for my kind generosity, may we have a great friendship, and may God Bless me.

I think of how God has blessed abundantly.  I wonder what if we didn't see or hear this call?  Or, if we didn't answer it?  We would be the ones suffering.  We wouldn't feel this full.  We, as parents, would miss the opportunity to teach our children.  It certainly is more than money.  

I have been so touched by a mother's heart across the world, my new friend, a mother of six, raising kids on her own. 

May the Lord bless her and keep her,
May the Lord shine his face upon her and be gracious to her.
May the Lord look upon her kindly and give her peace.  ~ Nm 6: 24-26

We are so abundantly grateful for the opportunity to have a sponsored child.  Thank you CFCA, thank you Ms. Wenifreda, and most important, thank you Holy Spirit for having touched our lives.

Joining Ann for 1000 Gifts.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Our New Journey with CFCA

I had considered going to the local church two blocks from our house because I knew our regular priest was going to be gone and the visiting priest was going to be appealing to us.  I even asked my husband if he would want to check out the new priest here in town.  I deferred to Adam's judgement and we went to our regular church fifteen minutes away.  This decision will impact our lives for a long time, and not just ours.

The first thing the Fr. Dennis said was, "Hello, my name is Fr. Dennis and I'm here to appeal to you today".  I appreciated that.  Straight  up, no frills, we need you.  I'm listening.  He talked about children living in Guatemala and the conditions.  {I have become familiar with what people in Guatemala face from Ann's Compassion Trip.}  As Fr. Dennis was explaining and appealing I was hearing God speak to me, telling me this was the donating I was looking for.  A cause like no other. 

In a whispered voice I ask my husband if we can do this.  I offer to use the money I make from the few haircuts I do.  We easily agree.

After church Fr. Dennis has a box full of brochures each one featuring a picture of a child or adult with need.  There were many.  For some reason (Providence) my hands scooped his brochure.

I read, asked a few questions and then I pulled out a few more.  I had thought that it would be a good idea to pick a boy around Henry's age.  I set three folders out, he picked the same one I already looked at.

Meet Ryan James, our new friend from the Philippines.

On our way home we read more about Ryan James.  He is one of six children, hasn't started school yet, (I am guessing now that he is sponsored he will be able to begin school), doesn't speak English (Fr. Dennis said he will more than likely learn English in school), and loves singing and playing.  I read on, his mother works, then I wonder why his father doesn't work.  He's deceased.  I cry all the way home. 

Thank you God for putting this young boy and is family in our path.

I eagerly await the letters we will get from Ryan James.  I am excited for us to write him letters, send photos and watch him learn and grow.  Henry, Karley & Sophie are going to make a piggy bank for Ryan James to donate money they earn.   They will also join me in letter writing or at this age picture making.

We are sponsoring Ryan James through Christian Foundation for Children & Aging.  Here is a blurb from from their website:

We sponsor children, youth and the aging from all faiths and strive to be a tranquil presence in their lives. When we create a true exchange of cultures, understanding and love as equals we are alleviating not just material poverty but are also creating the bonds of lasting peace and unity among people of diverse faiths and backgrounds.

I look forward to sharing our journey with Ryan James and CFCA with you.

God Bless!
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