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Tuesday evening, the world lost a visionary soul, and heaven gained a bright star. CFCA President and Co-Founder Bob Hentzen, passed away Oct. 8 in Guatemala. He was 77.
Today we mourn the passing, and celebrate the life, of CFCA President and Co-founder, Bob Hentzen.
Bob was legendary in the CFCA family for his love of people, his commitment to the poor and his ability to weave a song into any story.
When Bob co-founded CFCA in 1981, he courageously acted on his unwavering belief in the dignity of the poor.
This belief would form his life’s work.
Bob created a CFCA for every person: young and old, rich and poor, here and there.
He found the inherent good in all people, and unified us for a great cause — that each individual across the globe could live a dignified life.
Bob was passionate about the sponsor and sponsored friend relationship.
He was acutely aware that sponsorship had the potential to be life-changing for all involved.
And if you heard him speak of this, you would quickly agree.
It’s no surprise that Bob co-founded an organization focused on relationships; he was so gifted at creating meaningful relationships with every person he met.
Bob did not see poverty; he saw potential in every human being.
And he spent his days cultivating that potential.
To meet Bob on U.S. soil was to see only a small part of a great man.
Bob was most alive surrounded by sponsored friends, walking dirt roads and playing his guitar.
That is how he spent his life.
Bob didn’t govern CFCA from a fancy corner office.
To do so would have been a departure from his very nature. He moved to Guatemala in 1996 and made a life among the people he dearly loved.
He understood the sponsored friends’ needs and desires because he lived with them every day.
He listened as he worked with them in the garden in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, when he visited families on awareness trips or while sharing coffee and conversation with anyone who came to his door.
Bob spent a few years of his life walking on behalf of the poor.
Reflecting on his most recent trek, an 8,000-mile walk through 12 countries, Bob said, “I walk in gratitude for all the poor have taught me. By walking with those living in poverty, we are saying, ‘You are not alone. We are listening to you and learning from you.’”
Our sponsored friends knew that they were never alone because of Bob.
Their deep and abiding love for him is a reflection of his extravagant love for sponsored friends and their families all around the world.
Bob showed us the limitless power of sponsorship.
When we remember Bob, we will remember the faces of the children, the aging, mothers, fathers and brothers and sisters.
And that’s exactly how he would want it.
Help us celebrate Bob’s life by sharing your fondest memories of Bob in the comments below.