Dec 27 2012

And CFCA’s best 2012 blog post is …

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We asked, and you voted!

Recently we invited our readers to vote on which was our best blog post of 2012.

All of the posts were wonderful, but as always, there had to be a winner.

ëWhy I believe in sponsorshipí by Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent, came in first place.

A close second (with only 4 votes making the difference) was from CFCA writer/editor, Veronica Batton with 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card.

In third place was Diego in Colombia gets his bicycle.

Thanks, again, to everyone who responded to our survey.

Happy New Year, and we hope 2013 brings more and even better stories to the CFCA community!

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Dec 26 2012

Christmas reflection: Feast of The Holy Family

Father Mark LaneEvery Wednesday during the Christmas season, we will post a reflection. We hope these reflections help you on your own journey during this time.

This weekís reflection is offered by Father Mark Lane, CFCA preacher.

“And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” (Colossians 3:14)

A child causing parents anxiety is nothing new, and Jesusí role in this highly developed narrative is no exception.

His rather pious answer would seem somewhat impertinent if we were dealing with a straightforward recounting of an historical fact.

In todayís Gospel for the Feast of The Holy Family, Luke narrates this story to point to Jesusí uniqueness and to give content to the otherwise gapping lacuna that is the so-called lost-years of Jesusí life: the 30-year period from infancy to the beginning of his public ministry.

As with many conversations, it is not only what is said that is informative ó silence is important. Jesus matured in the obscurity of those lost 30 years. Read more

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Dec 22 2012

CFCA in the blogosphere: Patheos.com

CFCA blogIt’s our privilege to announce this recent blog post that features CFCA:

Patheos.com – ‘A Good Measure’ by Lisa Hendey

It has been such a blessing to partner with Lisa Hendey, who began featuring a monthly invitation on CatholicMom.com in 2012†to consider sponsoring a friend through CFCA. Here’s an excerpt from her recent blog post about this partnership:

In sponsoring a CFCA friend, you donít simply throw a dollar per day at a problemÖ you enter into a real dialogue with a real person. The family who adopts little Joseph this month will provide for some of his financial needs, but they will also pray with him, hear regular updates from him via personal letters and photos, and hopefully build a relationship that will bless their own family as much as it blesses Joseph.

Read the full post here

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Dec 21 2012

Happy Holidays from CFCA!

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Natali, a CFCA sponsored child in El Salvador.

Happy Holidays, blog readers!

Tuesday, we celebrate Christmas in the United States and at CFCA headquarters in Kansas City. Our office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In this season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, let us pray for the children of our world.

As Jesus grew from the complete dependency of infancy to embrace his mission as the Christ, may all those we serve be protected and nurtured and loved unto their full potential.

From all of us at CFCA, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Dec 20 2012

Small gifts to send to your sponsored friend

CFCA sponsor, Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor, CFCA sponsor, visited his sponsored friend on a CFCA awareness trip to the Philippines.

By Steve Taylor, CFCA sponsor

Previous blog posts have provided great suggestions (try 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card), and I wanted to add a couple more.

1) Hello USA book series

We wanted a way to describe our home state of Virginia.

I was lucky enough to find the perfect book: Virginia, Hello USA. It is written at a level that anyone would enjoy. The books are for young children ages 2 and older.

Even for sponsored friends who don’t speak English, there are enough scenic pictures and maps to highlight our respective states.

The Hello USA series has books for most every state. The paperback sells for approximately $6.95 and fits in a 9 by 12 envelope, the recommended size for any gifts sent to sponsored children.

I found the book at a local store, and I’m sure you can find it at local bookstores or online. Check it out.

2) USA map

United States map

Being retired military, the first thing that came to mind was a United States map highlighting the various locations where we have lived.

It also provided a resource for our sponsored friends to refer to when we mention other locations.

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Dec 19 2012

Advent reflection: Christmas on the practical, everyday level

Father Mark LaneEvery Wednesday during the Advent season, we will post a reflection in hopes that it may help you on your own journey through Advent. This weekís reflection is offered by Father Mark Lane, CFCA preacher.

“Ö Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:45)

When my oldest sister was expecting her first child, I called her close to the end of her last trimester because I had just eaten something that had given me such a pain in the stomach, and I was feeling a deeper sympathy for her situation.

My brother-in-law answered the phone to say she had gone into labor. Read more

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Dec 18 2012

‘Pomp and Circumstance:’ Parents graduate in Colombia

Parents of CFCA sponsored children

Parents of CFCA sponsored children stand proudly with their entrepreneurship diplomas.

CFCA believes strongly in the creativity and talents of sponsored families and partners with families throughout the world to unlock their potential.

In Bogota, Colombia, every Friday, leaders from each parents group meet at the CFCA office to participate in a “livelihood projects” class to learn techniques on how to successfully develop their talents and skills into sources of income for their families.

CFCA staffers utilized a local government program focused in the development of professional formation programs.

The main goal is to bring business education to family members of sponsored friends, and have these individuals spread their knowledge to fellow parents in their group.

CFCA staffers have seen many changes in families thanks to this class. Parents have diversified their families’ sources of income and also further developed their skills and talents. Read more

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