By Kristi Sands, CFCA sponsor
I’ve sponsored Maria for 12 years and Isabel for two months through CFCA. They have the same name ó Maria Isabel ó but the younger one goes by her middle name.
Both live in Nicaragua ó a country that 12 years ago I had little interest in and had difficulty pronouncing.
While sponsors aren’t required to write, I knew letter writing would be essential to building a relationship with Maria, my first sponsored child.
Sometimes I was tempted to give up. Communication through letters that CFCA staff members then translate isnít always easy. I felt there were huge gaps in our ability to get to know one another.
Letters took a long time (generally six to eight weeks) to arrive. When I learned that one person does translations for an entire regional project, and that he/she generally translates 30 letters a day, that helped put things in perspective.
So despite the frustrations of not being able to read or write in Mariaís language, I felt inspired to stick it out.
God had given me this precious relationship and responsibility, and I intended to see it through to the end. Gratefully, communication eventually improved.
I didnít know that Maria planned to go to college until she announced she would be studying accounting at a university. She also wants to get her master’s degree and become a CPA.
I tucked that away as something to ask another sponsored child much earlier. I didnít know that college was an option for her, so I never asked what she wanted to do when she grew up. Read more