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Aug 15 2011

Reflections from CFCA sponsor: Live slow enough

This is a guest post from Sandy Clingan Smith, who has been a CFCA sponsor since 2008.

She traveled to Guatemala this summer with the high school youth from her church, Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville, where she was thrilled to meet her sponsored child, Jacoba.

Sandy, center, is a marketing professional and lives with her husband and children Kasey, right, and Alex, left, in Brentwood, Tenn. Her refrigerator is filled with pictures of the four additional CFCA children they sponsored during the trip!

She will lead the church’s next trip to the CFCA Center in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, in 2014. Sandy blogs at http://calledeabrazos.wordpress.com.

I’ve been back home just over a week now, and normal life creeps in with its own force.

Can I remember to eat simply, as the Mayans do? Can I remember the value of money ñ and how much hope that can provide in Guatemala? Can I remember to savor every moment and every encounter with another human being? Read more

Aug 3 2011

Church youth group finds ‘family’ in Guatemala

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The Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville took its youth group to Guatemala on a CFCA mission awareness trip in 2008. Since then the youth group has made a commitment to return to Guatemala every three years so that all its members may experience at least one journey. Here is Jim Thomas’ account of the group’s 2011 trip (you can see more photos at http://woodmontkids.smugmug.com).

During our journey a group of 15 Woodmont youth heard the sobering story of a 17-year-old Guatemalan boy.

He had to leave high school to work, and for three years carried rocks on his back at a bridge construction site to support his family.

Today with CFCA scholarships for high school age students, he had resumed his studies to resume a heroic path out of grinding poverty.

His perseverance, passion for his family and education, and the contribution he will make to the future of his country are inspiring.

He was one of the thousands of Guatemalans of mostly Mayan ancestry that our group had the extraordinary privilege to encounter.

Hosted by the CFCA Center in San Lucas Toliman, we humbly represented the face of hope provided by the hundreds of thousands of CFCA sponsors who offer solidarity and encouragement to the world’s poor and marginalized citizens.

Monthly sponsorship contributes to the basic needs of 98,000 young and elderly friends in Guatemala; an additional 200,000 CFCA sponsored friends live in 21 countries around the world.

Time after time we were warmly embraced by descendants of the woman who gave Jesus her last penny. Read more