By the CFCA Prayer Team
As we give thanks for the old year and look with anticipation to the new one, let us walk in solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world throughout the day. We have listed below the time it will be here in the United States when the New Year arrives at each of our projects. We encourage you to say a quick prayer for each of the projects as your day progresses.
|Philippines||8:00 a.m.||9:00 a.m.||10:00 a.m.||11:00 a.m.|
|India and Sri Lanka||10:30 a.m.||11:30 a.m.||12:30 p.m.||1:30 p.m.|
|1:00 p.m.||2:00 p.m.||3:00 p.m.||4:00 p.m.|
|Nigeria||3:00 p.m.||4:00 p.m.||5:00 p.m.||6:00 p.m.|
|Liberia||4:00 p.m.||5:00 p.m.||6:00 p.m.||7:00 p.m.|
|Brazil||6:00 p.m.||7:00 p.m.||8:00 p.m.||9:00 p.m.|
|Chile||7:00 p.m.||8:00 p.m.||9:00 p.m.||10:00 p.m.|
|Bolivia, Dominican Republic||8:00 p.m.||9:00 p.m.||10:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.|
|Venezuela||8:30 p.m.||9:30 p.m.||10:30 p.m.||11:30 p.m.|
Haiti, Jamaica, Peru
|9:00 p.m.||10:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||12:00 a.m.|
|Costa Rica, El Salvador,|
|10:00 p.m.||11:00 p.m.||12:00 a.m.|
Gracious God, I pray for my sisters and brothers in ______. May the New Year bring them hope, joy and peace.
And from all of us at CFCA, we pray the New Year also brings you hope, joy and peace!
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Mission awareness trip
Oct. 18 ñ 25, 2008
Together with Guatemala and Honduras, Chile is one of our pioneer projects. CFCA has been involved in Chile since 1982. The project center, located in Valparaiso, serves 4,500 children and 641 aging through six surrounding subprojects. The countryís name seems to have come from the Aymara word Chilli, which means ìwhere the earth ends.î†
A program rich in benefits
For sponsored children and their families, sponsorship benefits include education, health, help with housing, a loan program and a variety of livelihood training courses such as sewing, knitting and hairdressing.
Children who have trouble in the regular school system receive special attention, tutoring and care. The CFCA sponsorship program offers after-school care and learning opportunities.
Mothers who complete the beauty shop course are able to set up their own salon at home. Mothers who complete the sewing courses can apply for a no-interest loan to purchase a sewing machine and begin their own business. The CFCA center also offers domestic violence counseling and support.
The 641 sponsored elderly in Project Valparaiso can participate in literacy training, Tai-chi, creative theatre, folk dancing, guitar classes, choir and a variety of livelihood projects. They also receive services which improve their quality of life, such as podiatry care, hairdressing and dental prosthesis. CFCA also provides the elderly with breakfast, lunch and a snack in the afternoon before they head home. Many of the sponsors on the mission awareness trip purchased things made by the mothers and the elderly.††