Mar 25 2013

Trip to Costa Rica represents ‘a symbol of love’

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

Photo credits for this report go to Bob Hentzen.

It is a tremendous joy and privilege to be in Costa Rica with our sponsored friends and their families, colleagues and 31 enthusiastic sponsors.

The diversity of our sponsorsí home states on this trip is impressive: Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas and Arizona.

Their presence is a symbol of love.

Participants on this trip have sponsored seven children and requested 85 sponsorship folders to help contact and motivate new sponsors.

On Walk2gether, we traversed Costa Rica from border to border, and had tremendous participation from our sponsored friends and their families.

Wherever we travel on CFCA awareness trips, people remind us of the days we walked together.

The CFCA Costa Rica Family

We have 6,699 sponsored children, 578 sponsored aging and 784 families in Costa Rica waiting for sponsorship.

Some 2,700 mothers of sponsored children belong to CFCA mothers groups. Despite personal struggles, these courageous women are a tremendous example to the world.

CFCA offers the women an opportunity to grow together as a group and as individuals. We are convinced that helping mothers helps families.

What I observe in March 2013

The relationship between the families and the CFCA staff is very inspiring. CFCA staffers are trusted friends who live in or near the communities where they serve.

Costa Rica is considered a paradise for ecotourism, yet many people have no choice but to live in river basins and areas prone to landslides.

I am grateful to the team in Kansas and here in Costa Rica for all the planning that went into this awareness trip.

Among our sponsors, there is a deep love for the people of Costa Rica.

Our day with the sponsored friends and their families in the high country around San Pablo de Leon was filled with affection.

Mothers, youth and children showed off their talents. Mothers groups proudly displayed their products, including the coffee that they grow and produce.

Final note

After many weeks on the road, Cristina and I will get one week at home (San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala) before beginning visits to all of our projects in Honduras and Venezuela. We ask for your prayers.

Bob Hentzen
Costa Rica
March 16, 2013

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