Tag: Bob Hentzen

Jan 14 2012

Guatemala trip displays ‘harmony amidst challenges’ of poverty

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

What a joy for Cristina and me to share this sacred time with 36 sponsors, their sponsored friends and families, and a great group of CFCA co-workers.

This New Year’s group of sponsors includes a good number of children and young people. They found a Guatemala in great need, but in the happy time of coffee harvest.

Students in Guatemala will be out of school until mid-January; coffee harvest involves the entire family.

[Related link: Read our story about families harvesting coffee in Guatemala.]

A new president, new congressional representatives and new mayors will take office on Jan. 15.

This is also the time of the “safra” ñ the burning, cutting and hauling of sugar cane. The air is filled with the distinct odor and falling ash of the cane. It is impressive to think that every stalk must be hand-cut by campesinos, darkened by the coastal sun and carbon, and cut and stacked. They are paid for by the ton. Read more

Dec 9 2011

Bob’s notes: ‘Invited into Archana’s family’ in India

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

This account was split into two parts. Read the first part with Annamary’s testimony here.

Inspiring testimonies from sponsored Indian youth:

Minu: “Tears come into my eyes today when I recall how my parents left me with relatives as they searched for work in the northern part of India. It is no less than a divine intervention that sponsorship came. I fear my father may have abandoned us. However, my sponsorship continues, and this has been my greatest consoler and mentor. If I say sponsorship has been my rock, my parent, it won’t be an exaggeration. I am filled with gratitude and awe. I wish to give back to my society as a mark of appreciation for this CFCA program.”

Pinky: “We live in a remote area where there is no good education facility. Before sponsorship, I was like a frog in a well, knowing nothing of the outside world. The CFCA help became a light which removed the darkness of ignorance within me and filled my life with the brightness of knowledge. I have been studying in a well-developed educational institution of the Bhagalpur Diocese for 12 years. On behalf of all sponsored children, I promise you we will fulfill our dreams to be successful and help other children.” Read more

Dec 2 2011

Bob’s notes: How sponsorship gave Annamary an education

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

This report from the November 2011 mission awareness trip to India will come in two parts: Annamary’s story and the rest of the trip.

Annamary, CFCA sponsored child in India

Annamary

Bob: Let me start with the inspiring story of Annamary, 11, a sponsored girl from a remote village in CFCA’s project in Bhalgalpur. What a joy for our sponsors to meet this young woman. What follows are Annamary’s own words.

Annamary: In the village where I live, there are about 100 families.

No electricity, no running water, no cooking gas and no toilets.

When the villagers have no work, women go to the forest to collect firewood.

Men get drunk and fight, and the children are always in their natural dress playing in the village lanes. I know this, because I was born in this village.

Like the other villagers, we live in a mud hut. There is my Papa, Sushil. He is always out looking for a job.

Every morning, my Mummy left us in her best dress. I did not know where she went. When I was 4, I had the job of babysitting my younger sister, Dolly, 6 months.

One day, I asked Mummy, “Where do you go every morning?” Read more of Annamary’s story

Nov 29 2011

Walking with sponsored children

Our “8,000 miles for 8,000 kids” campaign inspired by Walk2gether is close to completion!

However, the ripple effects throughout the communities that CFCA President Bob Hentzen visited along the walk will be continuing for quite some time.

We’re thrilled to share the reflections of three CFCA project coordinators in some of the countries that Walk2gether passed through.

Please feel free to share this video with other people who might be interested in sponsoring children in need.

As of today, we’ve found sponsors for 6,459 children. We’re working hard to reach our original goal of getting 8,000 kids sponsored and asking for your help in meeting it. Who knows, you could help us find a sponsor for the 6,460th child!

#8000kids update: We have the best Twitter followers in the world! Thanks so much to everyone who used the hashtag #8000kids to raise awareness of this campaign and bring hope to people living in poverty.

We actually exceeded our goal of 200 tweets (see our previous blog post about sharing CFCA on Twitter) for the year. Last time we checked, it was 231 tweets and counting!

As a result, at least $231 from generous donors will be given to the CFCA Scholarship Program.

Any more tweets with the #8000kids hashtag from now until the end of the year is just additional icing on the cake!

Oct 29 2011

CFCA in the blogosphere: 8000 for 8000 + Jose Miguel

CFCA blogWe’ve had two wonderful blog posts from CFCA sponsors this last week!

Both these blog posts feature Walk2gether and the campaign to find sponsors for 8,000 kids. With the support of people like Suzanne and Tina, we’re making progress toward that goal!

1) 8000 for 8000

Suzanne, a CFCA sponsor, highlighted her personal sponsorship experience on her blog and also pointed to our consistently high evaluations by independent charity evaluators.

Here’s an excerpt …

“The president of CFCA walked 8000 miles between December 2009 and June 2011 to bring attention to families in poverty. He would like to have 8000 children sponsored, one for each mile he walked. …

“I can attest to how wonderful the sponsorship experience is. Weíve been sponsoring Ivan from Colombia since 2009. Itís one of the best things we’ve ever done. We just received his Christmas card last week, complete with a recent picture. Heís just adorable and itís been great to see how heís grown throughout the last two years.”

Read the full blog post: 8000 for 8000

2) Jose Miguel ~ Sponsorship & Prayers

Tina Fisher posted a beautiful picture of Jose Miguel to her blog. Here’s his story:

Jose†Miguel was born on April 28, 2010 to a mother who is 20 years old and a father who is 25.†† He likes to play with cars and is learning Spanish.† He is said to be so sweet and has special needs regarding his health,†he has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

“His†mother and father both work, yet they have so many problems as their income is too low to cover all the needs for little Jose Miguel.† He lives in a home with mud walls, a zinc roof, and a dirt floor.† He sleeps on a wooden bed, cooking is done by firewood and lastly, six people live in this home.††The family income is about $15 USD per month.

“My prayers, if it’s God’s will, are for me to use my blog & tweeting to help this family gain†sponsorship.† Sponsorship is $30 USD per month.†”

Read the full blog post: Jose Miguel

Oct 20 2011

Bob’s notes: Sponsors ‘living on love’ in Guatemala trip

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

Our entire team in Guatemala is delighted to receive this fine group of sponsors and friends.

During the mission awareness trip, sponsors experienced the buildup to a presidential run-off election, scheduled for Nov. 6.

This promised to be an exciting trip, considering election frenzy, heavy rains, swollen rivers, damaged roads and major landslides. We often adjusted our itinerary according to weather and road conditions.

Naturally, we thanked our CFCA family for prayers along the way.

Due to abundant rains, Guatemala welcomed us with a green countryside and pleasant temperatures.

We took sponsors to the CFCA office that serves more than 6,000 families in Guatemala City.

Children, teens and staff had prepared a nice orientation to the CFCA presence in their areas.

Participating were Miguel Dario Tzarax, project coordinator; Maria del Carmen Santos, social worker; Mario, sponsored for 15 years; two groups of sponsored children and mothers groups (Mezquital and El Gallito); moving testimony of Monica Catalan, mother leader from El Gallito; and me (Bob) with a group of children and mothers.

All this week, we had to adjust our itinerary as the 72 highways of Guatemala were blocked from landslides and flooding.

We did make it out to San Lucas Toliman on Sunday. We felt rewarded by the welcome of our sponsored friends and families. Read more

Sep 27 2011

Thanks for helping us shine a light on poverty

Members of the Kansas City dance group El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco perform Sept. 25 at Shine a Light, CFCA benefit concert.

Update: We also have a Facebook photo album of the event, as well as a video of the concert finale song, “Shine a Light.” Enjoy!

Thanks to your support, we celebrated our 30th anniversary and the completion of Walk2gether with a splendid concert and celebration at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee, Kan.

Our gratitude goes out to all the performers:

  • CFCA President Bob Hentzen and Friends
  • El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco
  • Nate Gawron and Friends
  • World Percussion Ensemble of Kansas City Academy
  • Sampaguita Choir of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Barclay Martin with the Barclay Martin Ensemble

… as well as all the volunteers, staff members and sponsors who made this event such a success!

Read more about the event on our website.

 

Sep 17 2011

Bob’s notes: ‘My dad in Heaven sent you to me’ in Bolivia

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

All sponsors arrived well in Bolivia. We are very grateful for this, considering the airline challenges caused by Hurricane Irene.

Lee Ann Schwope from Ohio arrived with her arm in a sling, after suffering a dislocated shoulder the day before she left for Bolivia.

She is doing very well. Never misses a side trip or an invitation to dance. Thank you, Lee Ann, and God bless you.

The beginning of our mission awareness trip in Bolivia has been enjoyable and inspiring. In the morning, sponsors received a general orientation to Bolivia and to the CFCA project in Cochabamba.

Bolivia in general:

  • roughly the size of Texas and California combined
  • 70 percent of residents are indigenous
  • three climates according to altitude
  • altitude in Cochabamba: 8,207 feet (2,558 meters)
  • sponsored children in Cochabamba project: 2953
  • sponsored elderly: 221
  • scholars: 110

Most sponsored children live in their own homes. Some are in orphanages and centers for children of special needs and abilities. Read more

Sep 6 2011

Bob’s notes: ‘We consider Guatemala very sacred ground’

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

It’s great to be in touch from Guatemala, this very special place ó with this very special group of sponsors, families and fellow workers.

Guatemala welcomes our mission awareness trip with a green countryside and spring-like temperatures.

Google tells us the ancient Nahuatl word Quauhtlemallan means “place of many trees.”

Guatemala’s volcanic soil is very fertile. Our projects and families across Guatemala are in the process of planting 1,000,000 trees. We consider this very sacred ground.

The pictures in this report are offered by Ricardo Ajpuac, as always with his big smile. Mil gracias, Ricardo.

At this time, CFCA has the privilege of working with more than 89,000 children, youth, and aging in Guatemala. Read more

Aug 26 2011

Update on our ‘8,000 miles for 8,000 kids’ campaign

The physical journey of Walk2gether, a nearly 8,000-mile walk by CFCA President Bob Hentzen and others, has ended.

But our campaign to find sponsors for 8,000 kids continues!

We cannot thank you enough for taking this journey with us. As of Aug. 26, our records show that 2,781 children have been sponsored through this campaign.

We’re confident that by the end of this year, we’ll have succeeded in sponsoring many more.

Behind every sponsorship is a person telling someone else about CFCA ñ whether it’s through word of mouth, online communications or social media.

So thanks for all your help! We deeply appreciate your support.

P.S. So far more than $80 has also been raised for CFCA scholarships through our related #8000kids campaign on Twitter. That’s great news!