Just a few of the awesome ways that sponsored children, aging friends and their families are serving as agents of change in their local communities!
1) Sponsored seminarians in Philippines ordained to Sacred Order of Deacons
Malou Navio, our project coordinator in Antipolo, Philippines, told us that six sponsored seminarians were recently ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons, a perpetual vow to religious life made before the vow to priesthood.
“They are very grateful for the thoughtfulness of the sponsorship that constantly supports part of their needs while studying at the seminary,” Malou said.
Several CFCA staffers and fathers of sponsored children came to watch three of these seminarians take their vows at the St. Gregory Cathedral in Legazpi.
CFCA co-founder Bud Hentzen created the CFCA vocations program, which sponsors candidates studying to be priests and religious sisters, in 1996.
Because the vocation candidates’ needs are different from those of other friends in our program, the sponsorship contribution is $50 a month to help support their seminary expenses.
Since the program’s start, 562 sponsored seminarians have been ordained as priests, and 55 others took their final vows as religious sisters.
Today we have 366 vocation candidates studying around the world, and 51 of them are in the Antipolo project.
2) CFCA staffers in Colombia share ideas at gathering
In August, representatives from all five of CFCA’s projects in Colombia ñ Bogota, Antioquia, Cali, Quibdo and Cartagena ñ met in Cali to share their experiences from the field and learn from one another.
Representatives from CFCA’s office in Kansas City were also there: CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen; his wife, Cristina; Paul Pearce, director of global strategy; and Jose Rodriguez, project director for Bolivia and Colombia.
“Having the chance of meeting with the CFCA family in Colombia was a wonderful experience,” said Harrison Garcia, our communications liaison in Bogota. “It was wonderful to see the progress in each project, sharing their experiences, challenges and the miracles that sponsored friends and their families live.”
The gathering also provided the opportunity to showcase different cultural events such as dancing, singing and food native to each area represented.
Garcia said the group also visited a CFCA community and saw a mothers group in action, making jam and other products to sell and increase their household income.
“Seeing the families getting ahead in life is a great motivation for CFCA staff because we can see the impact of CFCA in their lives,” Garcia said.
3) Sponsored elderly enjoy fellowship and fun in El Salvador
As part of this year’s Father’s Day, the CFCA project in Santa Ana, El Salvador, offered a well-deserved celebration to nearly 50 sponsored aging friends.
The celebration took place at a local water park near to the city of Santa Ana, El Salvador.
After breakfast, some sponsored elderly enjoyed swimming while others walked around or relaxed in the hammocks.
They also participated in dancing and singing. Many of them have talents such as playing musical instruments, writing songs and poems; they were in charge of the entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.
Juan, a 73-year-old, said this celebration brought much happiness to him.
“These moments are the ones I enjoy in company of the rest of our group,” he said. “Here I forget about my home problems.”