Aug 6 2012

Experiencing the grace, elegance of Nicaragua and its people

“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

It’s a joy to share with you the beautiful people of Nicaragua.

With a population of more than 5 million, statisticians rate Nicaragua as the largest in geographical size and economically poorest of Central America.

It is popularly known as the land of volcanoes, poets, artists and good baseball, but let’s add beautiful harmonies and colorful dances to that list.

CFCA serves 9,626 children and their families in Nicaragua, along with 856 aging friends. Currently, 1,280 families are on our waiting list for sponsorship.

The spirit of the mission awareness trip travelers runs high as we head out to the agricultural area of San Lorenzo, Boaco. CFCA has been serving here for six years. We have 448 children and 28 aging people sponsored in San Lorenzo.

It was good to work on this mission awareness trip with Stacy King, CFCA trip coordinator, and it was also great to welcome Stacy’s sister, Aubree, from Michigan.

The relationships between sponsors and their sponsored children, in Nicaragua and around the world, are tender and beautiful.

The Nicaraguans are a gentle people who need and deserve our very best efforts. We were able to experience the grace and elegance of the Nicaraguan children and staff during their talent show on our last evening.

I see the sponsored children, youth and aging friends attentively listening to the encouraging words of their sponsors.

In our visits to the homes of sponsored children and their families, we could feel dynamism and confidence.

At Leon

Our experience in Leon was heartwarming. We visited families who were economically poor but rich in many other ways.

A stage in a large hall was the scene of a culturally rich presentation by mothers, staff and families. Sponsors remarked that the children in Leon demonstrated strong skills in English. The mothers groups seem strong and united. We are touched by the joy and beauty of our CFCA community in Leon.

I have listened to the sponsors say things like, “I have learned so much about your country, your people and myself,” and “I have heard beautiful music and the voices of your children.”

Final note

As we leave Nicaragua, Cristina and I look forward to visiting all of our projects in Honduras and finishing our tour with a mission awareness trip in Ocotepeque.

The television station, channel 13, will be waiting for us at the airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with all the scholars from the Suyapa project.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Miriam Cartagena and her family at the loss of their dear mother, Dona Lucila.

Miriam and her family have been instrumental in the development of CFCA-Ocotepeque.

Over the years, Dona Lucila has loved and watched over so many children and grandchildren, cousins and friends.

In action and prayer she loved and cared for CFCA, our children of Honduras and the world. May she rest in peace.

Please know that we bring your love to Miriam’s family and to all the CFCA families of Nicaragua and Honduras.

Bob Hentzen
July 28, 2012

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