We’re delighted to share a guest post from Rachel Balducci about her CFCA sponsorship experience. Rachel describes herself first and foremost as a wife and mother. She and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of five boys and one daughter.
I hate to admit this, but I usually sort of dread guest speakers at Mass. Especially if they speak at the end of Mass when, as is the case with four little boys, I am generally at my wits end.
That was my attitude years ago, as I sat and wrestled my four young sons. A visiting priest climbed up onto the lectern and as he began to speak, I whispered a prayer that my boys could behave for a few extra minutes. Never mind what the priest was about to say, I just wanted to not cause a scene.
Father was at our Mass that weekend to talk about a sponsorship program through Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). And as he began to speak, something stirred within me, and my focus shifted from anxiety about my children’s behavior to what this priest was actually saying.
“We need to do this,” I whispered to my husband, seated at the other end of the pew. “I want to sponsor someone.”
In those few minutes that Father spoke, the Holy Spirit changed something inside me. I wanted to be a part of this. I wanted to help. Read more
The post is titled “Blogging for a Purpose” by Leslie Reese.
After six years of CFCA sponsorship, Leslie has graciously shared her experience on her blog and plans to dedicate a page to CFCA. Here’s an excerpt from her post:
I decided to sponsor a child from Guatemala. She was 12 years old at the time. At that moment, I felt like I had done my good deed for the day. Little did I know, I was not just changing the life of this child, but my own life as well. It wasn’t long before I was receiving letters and photos of my newly sponsored child. It was wonderful to watch her progress and I was overwhelmed with the gratitude that she expressed in each letter that was sent. I knew I was making a difference.
I am extremely impressed by the work that CFCA does and I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization. In an effort to collaborate with the CFCA community, I will be dedicating a page on my blog specifically to this foundation. I plan to bring you inspiring stories and information about the many people involved. I will be sharing special recipes from the countries where our sponsored friends live.
Read the full blog post ó Leslie Reese: Blogging for a Purpose
Thank you for your support, Leslie.
We invite you to click on Leslie’s post and leave a comment for her. This helps show our support for her efforts to tell others about CFCA’s work!
Thanks to WordPress for preparing a 2012 annual report for our blog, Around the World with CFCA.
Here’s an excerpt from WordPress:
15,000 cans of diet soda were consumed at New York Fashion Week. This blog had about 140,000 views in 2012. If these were cans of diet soda, they’d power 9 Fashion Weeks.
In 2012, there were 286 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 950 posts. There were 844 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 109 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.
Thanks so much to our readers! Please help us increase our activity in the coming year by checking back regularly.
Recently we invited our readers to vote on which was our best blog post of 2012.
All of the posts were wonderful, but as always, there had to be a winner.
Why I believe in sponsorship by Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent, came in first place.
A close second (with only 4 votes making the difference) was from CFCA writer/editor, Veronica Batton with 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card.
In third place was Diego in Colombia gets his bicycle.
Thanks, again, to everyone who responded to our survey.
Happy New Year, and we hope 2013 brings more and even better stories to the CFCA community!
Patheos.com – ‘A Good Measure’ by Lisa Hendey
It has been such a blessing to partner with Lisa Hendey, who began featuring a monthly invitation on CatholicMom.com in 2012†to consider sponsoring a friend through CFCA. Here’s an excerpt from her recent blog post about this partnership:
In sponsoring a CFCA friend, you donít simply throw a dollar per day at a problemÖ you enter into a real dialogue with a real person. The family who adopts little Joseph this month will provide for some of his financial needs, but they will also pray with him, hear regular updates from him via personal letters and photos, and hopefully build a relationship that will bless their own family as much as it blesses Joseph.
We want to hear from you! Out of these top blog posts for 2012, which would you consider the No. 1 post?
The nominations are:
“That, in a nutshell, is why I believe in sponsorship. Because thatís what sponsorship does: It creates relationships that defy geographic, cultural or socioeconomic boundaries. It connects a mom in the U.S. with a young girl in Haiti in such profound ways that my friend was remembering and bragging on Nirhva’s birthday, just like she would her own daughter’s.”
Veronica from CFCA explores creative ways to send a little something to your sponsored friend, something that fits in a package no larger than 9 by 12 inches, weighs less than a pound and is less than an inch thick.
Nothin’ but SocNET: chatting about social networking
CFCA trip – What do you want me to share during my trip?
Blogger and CFCA social media advisory board member Zena Weist is about to travel to Guatemala for her first awareness trip. Zena is writing a series of blog posts about her trip and her sponsorship of 18-year-old Angelica through CFCA. The posts will be published on her blog each Tuesday until she leaves for Guatemala on Dec. 26. Check back on CFCA’s blog and Zena’s blog to see real-time updates from her trip.
Read some of what she wrote last week:
I am going to meet Angelica ó our sponsored daughter who we have been “talking” with via letters for the last 14 years! This is going to be amazing for me. I honestly don’t have the words. And if technology and the local wifi holds up, I’ll be sharing it with you in real-time or near real-time.
Water Rolls Uphill ó Rise and Dream: A CFCA Documentary
CFCA’s first documentary film, “Rise and Dream,” was released earlier this year. More than 1,000 movie night kits have been distributed.
Many thanks to one blogger who wrote about her family’s “Rise and Dream” movie night, which took place in her home. Read more
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