Jun 13 2014

Happy Father’s Day!

From left: Caroline, Jane, David and Caleb.

From left: Caroline, Jane, David and Caleb.

Happy Father’s Day from Unbound! To help celebrate all the awesome dads out there, we want to share the story of David from Kenya. He has enough fatherly love in his heart that, in addition to raising his own children, he also took in his nieces and nephew when their parents died.

Read more about David and his family here.

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Jun 10 2013

Top 10 stories about fathers in the Hope for a Family program

An ERPAT fathers group in the Philippines

And now, for your enjoyment, our top 10 stories about fathers! In no particular order.

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Jun 15 2012

Happy Father’s Day: Ruben and his family in Colombia

Father’s Day is celebrated June 17 in the U.S., and we want to take this time to celebrate all fathers in the CFCA world.

We lift up fathers in our CFCA projects who struggle from dusk to dawn to put food on the table, those who overcome their fears to allow their sons to go to school instead of working in the fields, those who understand the value of education for their daughters and those who appreciate their wives as true partners in providing for the family.

We lift up fathers in the U.S. who work to instill in their children an appreciation for what they have, those who model God’s loving kindness and those who desire most of all to leave a legacy of generosity and compassion for their children.

Here is a video of a special father, Ruben in Colombia, and the daily sacrifices he makes to provide for his family.

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Jun 18 2010

For all the fathers

By Natasha Sims, blog admin

I can’t tell you how many times I have started this blog post about Father’s Day, only to delete it and start over. It’s a curious thing to write about fathers. Many of the families we serve, especially in Latin America, are headed by a single mother because the father has abandoned his family. In other cases, wives and children are subjected to abuse by frustrated men who can’t provide for their family.

And, yet, I can’t help but feel guilty for making such sweeping, stereotypical statements about fathers because there are so many loving, gentle fathers who are focused on creating a better life for their family.

So, I decided that, rather than give you one story for Father’s Day to read through the weekend, I would find all the inspirational father stories and anecdotes that I could think of — from the heart-warming to the heart breaking.

Below you will find excerpts and links to stories gathered from our blog and website.

Enjoy!

“I am focused on everything I can do to bring up my children with an honest life and to help them graduate,” Daniel Ernesto said. “Once my children are grown and have graduated, I will feel satisfied. Then, I may have a chance to think about me and my life.”
From Focused on his children

Hector has a fierce love for his wife and children. He protects them and ensures that they have what they need. And, education is his first priority. ìSometimes my children help me in my plantation, but school is first, so I work alone most of the time.î
From The courage and love of a father

A man who is still searching the mud for family members said, ìI am going to look for them until I find their bodies. I have lost everything.
From Mudslides devastate towns in the blink of an eye

An ERPAT father named Federico shared his experience in helping Allan, 10, overcome the trauma caused by Typhoon Ondoy.
From Opening the window

El Salvador celebrates Father’s Day. CFCA’s El Salvador Director of Communications Henry Flores shows us how CFCA supports that celebration on this special day.
Watch Celebrating fathers in El Salvador

CFCA fathers groups were instrumental in the response to the typhoons in the Philippines.
From Photos from the Philippines

For Rene, his most important role as a father is sharing the reality of life with his children. This includes ìexplaining the good and bad effects of drinking too much alcohol, behaving as a model in whatever I do, and encouraging my children to study until they earn the highest degree they can,î he said.
From CFCA’s website

Please pray
Our Father, we give you thanks for the men around the world who serve as protectors and guides for their families. Let your strength be their strength, let your wisdom be their wisdom, let your love shine through them. We pray for those men who struggle to fulfill their role as fathers to their children. Help them to know your grace. Bless the bonds of love that exist between all fathers and their families.
From Prayer Partners

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Jun 17 2009

The courage and love of a father

By Henry Flores, director of the communications center in El Salvador

In June, we celebrate Fatherís Day in many countries in Latin America, and it’s in these countries where millions of children don’t have access to proper education, nutrition, health and unfortunately, many of them donít even have a father.

More often than not, the typical Latin American family has only one parent at home ñ the mother. This stark reality is based on many factors, including the oppressive poverty and cultural standards.

The precarious financial situation of many families forces fathers to migrate from the rural areas into the cities or other countries. Others work away from home and return only a couple days per month, and still others simply become part of the statistics of those who donít care for their children.

In spite of this reality, there are fathers who stay to face the challenges and burdens of their life and families. They stay home with their wife and children to be together, to be a family, instilling in them values, creating awareness and helping to build a strong society by offering united families.

At CFCA, we are blessed to witness the courage of many of these men who strive every single day to be good examples of a hard-working spirit, a family leader and loving paternal figure, not only for their own children, but for other children in their communities.

HectorI recently met Hector and his wife, Maria Esperanza. They are raising five children. Hector works in agriculture, and with the help of small loans, he works 2.5 acres of land, planting corn and beans, producing enough to sell part of it to pay his debts and keeping a little of his production for the family consumption. Hector travels by horse for almost two hours to the land he rents to grow his crops. He usually works long days, under very high temperatures and extreme humidity, starting early in the morning and returning home late at night.

Hector has a fierce love for his wife and children. He protects them and ensures that they have what they need. And, education is his first priority. ìSometimes my children help me in my plantation, but school is first, so I work alone most of the time.î
Hector's family
The financial situation of the family is difficult, but the dreams of this father for his children are the motivation he needs to work hard. ìThings can be difficult, I work hard. It is my hope that my children will be educated and have a better life, and I just need to work harder,î Hector said.

We praise our Lord for the gift of fatherhood, for the opportunity to be loved by a father and I thank You, my Lord, for the blessings of being a father.

The third Sunday of June marks Fatherís Day in many countries worldwide, including the United States. Today, June 17, those in El Salvador and Guatemala celebrate their fathers. We, at CFCA, would like to honor all fathers, including Henry Flores and Hector, for the courage and strength they provide to their families.

Read about Danielís father, who strives to see his children graduate.

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