Nov 9 2009

Photos from the Zamboanga CD release concert

Wow, what a show!

At last night’s CD release concert, Barclay Martin Ensemble, joined by the talents from the Filipino Cultural Center of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, moved some audience members to tears with their performances. The concert was the official release of the music from the documentary, Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music. If you were unable to attend, please don’t despair: below are some pictures of the event, and the CD is available on the Zamboanga Web site. Enjoy!

Getting ready for the concert

Getting ready for the concert

Concert-goers waiting for the doors to open

Concert-goers waiting for the doors to open.

The Sampaguita Choir performed with Barclay Martin Ensemble

The Sampaguita Choir performed with Barclay Martin Ensemble

Barclay Martin Ensemble

Barclay Martin Ensemble

A special performance by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe

Special performance by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe

Barclay Martin

Barclay Martin

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This review captures the feeling of the concert.

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Feb 18 2009

‘Faith is living inside us’

Earthquake. Fire. Hurricane. Tsunami. Genocide. War. Famine. Hardly a day goes by that one does not hear of a disaster of some kind that is happening in our world.

We listen to the news, we are concerned, we pray, we donate, we try to give relief. Then the 24-hour news barrage moves us on to the next big news story and the cycle starts all over again. Until we become slightly numb to devastation.

While we may quickly move on with our lives after a disaster strikes, those directly affected by it may feel the devastation for many years to come.

Eight years ago, Rosa was living in the mountains outside the city of Santa Ana, in El Salvador. Her eldest son, Carlos, was already sponsored through CFCA. The family was getting by on a meager income that Javier, Rosaís husband, brought in through agriculture, and a small garden that Rosa enjoyed tending. Rosa stayed at home to tend to the children and to take food to her husband in the field.

Then, in January 2001, an earthquake, registering 7.6, destroyed their† home.

Rosa and her two youngest sons, Bryan and Cesar

Rosa and her two youngest sons, Bryan and Cesar

Rosa and her family slept outdoors for many nights and then went to stay with her brother. Rosa, Javier and their three children, her parents, and her brother and his family of four moved to an area in Santa Ana that had been designated for earthquake victims. There they built a small home from scrap metal that they found.

Rosa finds life in the city to be much harder and more expensive than in the country. She now has to buy the vegetables and beans that before she had grown herself, and she buys less of everything because food prices have increased. Where she used to buy one pound of rice, now she buys half a pound. She is, however, very grateful for the nutritional supplements her family receives as a benefit through CFCA. She also misses the community in her old village.

Rosa now earns a living by going to othersí homes and washing their clothes. Javier works as a bricklayer in the capital, San Salvador. He tries to come home every three days to see his family but the transportation expenses are high, averaging $4 a week.

The family prays every night for Carlosí sponsor. They also pray that the other children in the family receive sponsorship.

ìGod holds me which is good, because things are only going to get worse. Things are more expensive now,î Rosa said. ìSometimes I feel like I have been abandoned by God, but then I tell myself I canít give up because faith is living inside us.î

In September Rosaís 9-yearñold son, Bryan, received sponsorship. Godís answer to her prayers.

Update: At the time of this posting, Carlos, 14, is no longer in the sponsorship program. He decided to leave the program to find a job. Rosaís youngest son, Cesar, 3, has been sponsored in his place.

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Feb 3 2009

Zamboanga documentary trailer: You are invited!

War Poverty MusicWe invite you to see our trailer of “Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music,” the first CFCA-produced feature-length documentary. Cinematographer John Nosack has created an initial trailer that gives a beautiful overview of the story.

The film chronicles the journey of 13 teenagers who learn to play traditional Filipino musical instruments and end up as the headlining act at a five-hour concert at the edge of the jungle. The triumph of the teensí performance is inspiring. But the triumph of the teens and their families in their everyday life will change your view of people living in poverty.

The five-minute trailer is on the film Web site at www.zamboangathemovie.com. Please take a look, let us know what you think and, while youíre there, sign up for Zamboanga e-news to receive film updates and alerts.

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Jan 19 2009

Creating King’s beloved community

By Paco Wertin, CFCA chief executive officer

No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood.

ñ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968

I see and feel a kinship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and CFCA as we celebrate his birthday.

He believed in the beloved community, in which all people can share the wealth of the earth and that obstacles like poverty, racism and war can be overcome if we learn to resolve conflict non-violently, together.

I find an echo of that in the words of CFCA president and co-founder, Bob Hentzen:

“Building community is essentially an effort to reestablish the basic freedom of God’s humble people. In striving to build a community in the style of Jesus, we can expect opposition and persecution. We want to promote a new view of globalization, one in which we put into international motion a true sharing of the resources of God’s creation. We want the resources and goods of this earth to favor unity, not separation.”

This community is based on new relationships forged between those who have and those who do not have what is necessary to live. The first step is overcoming obstacles. Obstacles can be lack of nutrition, lack of access to health care, education and skills development, and lack of community and hope. The next step is having choices. Having choices means freedom. So free from the obstacles, we can be free for creating community.

CFCA communities in India and Africa express their desire to overcome all that is in the way of forging these new relationships by singing “We Shall Overcome” at their gatherings.

We join them in that song and deep in our heart, in kinship with Dr. King, we pray:

With you, O God, we are a liberating force of love in our world today.

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