Tag: hurricane agatha

Sep 7 2011

Nashville, Guatemalan friends share disaster experiences

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This guest blog post is by Emmie Thomas, who discovered CFCA when she picked up her daughter, Ellen, now 20, from youth group one Sunday seven years ago. Ellen announced that she wanted to sponsor a little girl her age with the money she had made singing in studio sessions.

After searching the Internet for efficient nonprofits, she chose CFCA and began sponsoring a child from the Philippines. Thinking that this might be something her youth group would like to do, she and her brother Jimmy took the idea to church, and the youth group began sponsoring a young man their age, Vicente, from Guatemala.

The family chose Guatemala thinking that maybe one day, the youth group could travel to meet Vicente. Since that time, the youth have made two trips to Guatemala, and Woodmont Christian Church and its members have sponsored 55 children.

Emmie writes, “We plan to return with a new group of high school students in 2014; Ellen plans to be the young adult leader on that trip!”

I traveled to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, this June with 19 members of our churchís youth group on a soul-stretching, mission awareness trip with CFCA.

On the second day of our trip, we made a powerful visit to the lakeside community of San Antonio Palopo.

In May 2010, Nashville was hit with a devastating natural disaster, a 100-year flood. Three weeks later, Guatemala was ravaged by Hurricane Agatha. Read more