Guatemala awareness trip brings hope and gratitude

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

Photo credits for this report go to Ricardo Ajpuac at the Hermano Pedro project in Guatemala.

It’s a pleasure to be in touch with you and to share these profound experiences.

Great things happen when the CFCA family swings into action. Sponsored friends and their families, sponsors and staffers make sacrifices to convert these trips into real pilgrimages.

The sponsors on this trip took on six new sponsorships this week. In addition, they are requesting more than 100 folders to help find and motivate new sponsors. God bless each of you.

I am filled with hope and gratitude when I see the home states, countries and especially the enthusiasm of our sponsors.

Places represented by this group of travelers:

Puerto Rico

Oregon

Kentucky

New Hampshire

California

Oklahoma

Kansas

Wisconsin

Texas

Missouri

Massachusetts

Colorado

Minnesota

These are exciting times to be in Guatemala. The historic public trail of former head of state Gen. Efrain Rios Montt is in process with all its ups and downs. According to the United Nations, this is the first time for a former head of state to be brought to trial for genocide within his home country.

On the journey from Guatemala City to San Lucas Toliman, sponsors were able to visit the CFCA communities in Parramos and San Andres Itzapa. For Cristina and me, it meant tremendous memories of some 20 years ago. It was great to see sponsored friends and their families after so many years of friendship. The mothers groups are strong here, each one with impressive production projects.

The cultural program was diverse. We were able to divide into smaller groups to visit the homes of families and the colonial church of Chichicastenango.

Our morning in Quixaya, included about 40 different performances as well as visits to homes. These mothers groups are composed of five members and are very active. They are learning small trades and learning to read and write.

Final note from Bob and Cristina:

Thank you for being with us in solidarity and prayer. We wish you God’s blessings. Time now to begin another trip in Honduras.

Bob Hentzen

Guatemala

April 2013

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