By Manuel Pineda, project coordinator, Santa Barbara, Honduras
Jeanne Quackenbush, a sponsor on the CFCA mission awareness trip, hugs one of the sponsored youth at the roundtable discussion.
Forming community in a world where individualism dominates family, social and business relationships stands as one of the greatest challenges we face at CFCA.
Our goal of building communities of compassion is ongoing and systematic as we need to promote a culture of life and values for families, society and the world.
During the June 2010 mission awareness trip, the CFCA project in Santa Barbara organized a roundtable discussion as part of the process of understanding the broader CFCA world.
This developed out of the necessity to place sponsored members, mothers, project teams and sponsors face to face to share, ask questions and learn from different perspectives the rights and responsibilities that each has in this family.
Youth asked sponsors about issues that helped them get a better idea of sponsorsí expectations of their sponsored friends.
Why did they make a commitment to a person that they had never met? What news that you receive from your sponsored friends makes you most happy or sad?
Reyna, who will graduate with a degree in education this year, shared about a change in her worldview: ìMy sponsor has helped me a lot. He has accompanied me in my life and has filled the role of a father that I never had. This has made me understand that now I have to be committed to others.
Lidia, a former scholar and now a member of the Santa Barbara staff, shared: ìIn the most difficult times of my life, when I felt that even my goals had died, CFCA was at my side. … Now I am committed on this team to give my best and serve so that others can achieve their goals and succeed in life.
Sponsors reflect that this learning opportunity was both a favorite and humbling moment.
Rebecca shared that she was impressed with the confidence and leadership the youth demonstrated in organizing the event and was impacted by the articulate way they expressed their hopes and dreams in sophisticated goals.
A roundtable discussion takes place between sponsors and sponsored members at a June 2010 CFCA mission awareness trip to Honduras.
Jeanne writes of her surprise to learn that the mothers we met in the roundtable discussion had the same concerns and worries that mothers in the United States have about raising teenagers in these times. They want what I and most of my friends want: to raise happy, well-adjusted, Christian adults.
Mothers, project team members, sponsors and sponsored participants left assured that in this journey, there is always someone by their side encouraging and supporting them.
They understand the generosity they have received in life should be shared with others in this world.