By Shanxi Omoniyi, web editor and writer
Margarita, left, is sponsored by David, right, and Jen Pumphrey. The Pumphreys visited Margarita during a 2011 mission awareness trip to Chile.
If, like me, you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts for friends and family, why not consider giving sponsorship as a gift?
Many of our sponsors have been calling us to ask whether they can gift a sponsorship to their nieces, grandchildren or other relatives.
Longtime CFCA sponsors Tom and Gerri Hiestand recently set up a new sponsorship for their 14-year-old granddaughter Ally.
With this process, Ally will receive correspondence from their sponsored friend, Sendy from Honduras, while Tom and Gerri pay the monthly sponsorship contributions.
“One of the nicest things, I think, will be the correspondence between the kids,” Gerri said. “We have another granddaughter, and we’ve mentioned both of our granddaughters in some of the letters to our older sponsored children. The adopted children always seem quite interested in knowing more about their lives. In this way, it can be a really direct communication between all our children.”
Tom said growing up today in the U.S. can be a very materialistic process. He said that he and Gerri hope this gift will encourage their granddaughter to know that other people may not have enough for their daily needs, and that she can help.
Sponsorship is a practical way to reach out and meet the needs of those living in poverty around the world, he said.
“We can all easily get wrapped up in our own little world, and this is a good way for our youth to realize there are a lot of folks in need out there,” he said.
If you’d like to give someone a sponsorship, please call us at (800) 875.6564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.