Jan 31 2012

‘Dance before the Lord’ – Sponsor’s mission awareness trip

By Cheri Duchrow, CFCA sponsor

What do you think when you hear The Ark of the Covenant?

Do you imagine its contents and the presence of the Lord leading His people, giving them strength to accomplish what seemed impossible? The joy and celebration when David was bringing the Ark home?

In 2 Samuel 6:14-15 (NLT) we read, “And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly tunic. So David and all Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD with much shouting and blowing of trumpets.”

In this day of over-extended schedules that have the power to distance us from God, where could one ever hope to glimpse the joy of David worshiping the Lord? By the grace of God, He meets us when we interact with His faithful people.

His faithful people are everywhere, but for me it happened during a visit to Uganda on a CFCA mission awareness trip.

We were greeted by a colorful, joyful group of sponsored friends and their families singing and dancing. We experienced this at each destination.

CFCA mission awareness trip to Kenya and Uganda

We split into small groups and were whisked away in individual vehicles to witness the ways that CFCA families partner with us to make a difference in their lives and communities. Read more

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Apr 28 2011

Sponsor provides tips on how to write letters, part 2

Last week CFCA sponsor Cheri Duchrow shared with us some of her thoughts about writing to her five sponsored friends. She answers the rest of our questions in this blog post.

You have already met some of your friends. How does meeting them face to face enhance your correspondence?

I have met two of the children I sponsor so far and will meet Florence in August.

Meeting them can take your relationship to the next level. It is like when you watch the news and see a story that takes place where you have actually been.

Francini in Costa Rica

Francini, a child sponsored through CFCA in Costa Rica, reads a letter from her sponsor.

When you visit your child, not only do they have the affirmation that there is a real person behind the letters, but so do all of the other children. To touch and talk with a real live sponsor gives them all a gift.

One girl I sponsored had to travel on a bus for almost 24 hours one way with her mother just to meet me. Her teacher postponed a test for her whole class for three days at school so she could meet me.

Writing a letter is not even close to riding a bus one way for 24 hours. I met one of the mothers who had worked for 10 years, never taking a day of vacation until I came to meet her son.

It humbles you to see the faith and joy they have rising up out of their situations. No longer can you turn a blind eye to what really matters.

What have been the highlights of your correspondence?

Florence is one of my best letter writers. She shares the name of my mother, and that is a God story all in itself how I came to sponsor her.

But I feel she has the same spirit as my mother. At only 9 years old she wants to become a doctor so she can help others like all of the people who have helped her. She has shared scripture with me.

Two children I sponsor are being raised in a single-parent (mother only) home. I have shared with them that I raised my daughter by myself and understand what a single-parent home is like.

I have asked them to pray for me for specific situations in my life. The more often I write I am more likely to get a small gold nugget of new information and not just what they have done at Christmas or Easter!

How do you think your sponsorship experience would be if you did not write?
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Apr 21 2011

Sponsor provides tips on how to write letters, part 1

CFCA sponsor Cheri Duchrow graciously shared with us some of her thoughts about writing to her five sponsored friends. She has a fascinating story, or letter-writing journey, to recount.

How difficult was it to write the first letter?

The first letter is always the easiest because you can fill it with introductory types of information.

It used to be that after the first few letters it was difficult to find new things to say. I thought I always had to have something fun and new or wait and send a photo.

But just letting them know you are thinking about them, they are beautiful creations that God loves and you are praying for them is enough.

Like so many things in my life I needed to change my view and attitude and let go of the fear. I find now that I will share ordinary things.

For instance, many places may not have grass like we do so I take a picture of my feet in the grass and then a picture of the lawn mower telling them it is not my favorite job to mow grass, but I like it better than shoveling snow. In the winter they get pictures of snow.

Then I might ask them what are some jobs that they don’t like to do and we will pray for acceptance. I know how much I long to receive one of their letters.

How often do you correspond?

I try to write the children I sponsor every month but on average I would say it is about every 6-8 weeks. To help keep track of what I have written and the questions we have shared over the years I have a little system that works.

I also find that putting my questions for them at the end of the letter helps me to get an answer more often as it is not buried in the letter.

You mentioned (see Cheri’s previous blog post) that it took a while after sponsoring before you started to write. What got you going?
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