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Dec 20 2012

Small gifts to send to your sponsored friend

CFCA sponsor, Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor, CFCA sponsor, visited his sponsored friend on a CFCA awareness trip to the Philippines.

By Steve Taylor, CFCA sponsor

Previous blog posts have provided great suggestions (try 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card), and I wanted to add a couple more.

1) Hello USA book series

We wanted a way to describe our home state of Virginia.

I was lucky enough to find the perfect book: Virginia, Hello USA. It is written at a level that anyone would enjoy. The books are for young children ages 2 and older.

Even for sponsored friends who don’t speak English, there are enough scenic pictures and maps to highlight our respective states.

The Hello USA series has books for most every state. The paperback sells for approximately $6.95 and fits in a 9 by 12 envelope, the recommended size for any gifts sent to sponsored children.

I found the book at a local store, and I’m sure you can find it at local bookstores or online. Check it out.

2) USA map

United States map

Being retired military, the first thing that came to mind was a United States map highlighting the various locations where we have lived.

It also provided a resource for our sponsored friends to refer to when we mention other locations.

Apr 6 2012

‘Blessing wrapped in a challenge’: Sponsor visits the Philippines

By Steve Taylor, CFCA sponsor

In 2007 my wife, Jayne, and I began sponsoring Khain, then age 10. We enjoy a wonderful relationship through the letters we exchange on a regular basis.

Steve Taylor with Khain and Anjo in the Philippines

Khain, Steve Taylor and Anjo on the CFCA mission awareness trip to the Philippines in January 2012.

Jayne and I look forward to receiving the letters Ö even the one where Khain, age 14, gently questioned why I have not written for roughly 7 months, but she also offered an excuse for me, “You are probably very busy with work.”

I can honestly say I’ve never been so pleased about a reprimand. We loved that she looked forward to the letters, even enough to ask for them.

This gentle reprimand strengthened our relationship and made us think about Khain’s maturity and our interest in her future. We wanted to focus on her long-term future.

To match Khain’s maturity, Jayne and I transitioned our letters from general news to asking more about her goals and ambitions.

In addition to encouraging her to do well in school, we also determined we could help her with college or technical training costs after high school.

We decided the best way to communicate our offer was face to face during the 2012 CFCA mission awareness trip to the Philippines.

Now here’s the challenge. The day prior to visiting Khain and her family at their home, I was informed Khain had left home and dropped out of school for a month while only 14.

Fortunately, she returned home and is back in school. Now the long-term vision for college changes to ensuring she finishes high school. Read more