Tag: writing

Feb 26 2014

Unbound in the blogosphere

unbound-in the blogosphere

It’s our privilege to tell you about a blog post that features a tribute to our late president and co-founder, Bob Hentzen.

The post is titled “Bob Walked; Everyone Grew” by Paula Kiger.

Paula has been an Unbound sponsor for several years and has graciously shared her tribute to Bob Hentzen on her personal blog. Here’s an excerpt from her post:

When I read an article memorializing Bob Hentzen, President and Co-Founder of Unbound, after his death on October 9, I learned that when he decided to relocate from Kansas City to Guatemala in 1996, he walked. That’s right: 4,000 miles!

I can only imagine the human rights issues Bob saw on his walk (and continued to see when he settled in Guatemala).

… I doubt any of us reading this plan any 4000 mile walks in our lifetimes. What we can do, however, is slow down and walk through our town, our country, or another country and observe the human rights challenges, with an eye to doing something about them.

Read the full blog post at Perspicacity: Bob Walked; Everyone Grew

Thank you for your support, Paula.

We invite you to click on Paula’s post and leave a comment for her. This helps show our support for her efforts to tell others about Unbound’s work!

Oct 22 2013

How to overcome language barriers between you and your sponsored friend


By Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA correspondent

A letter from my sponsored friend always makes for one of the best moments of my day.

I love to sit somewhere quiet, pore over the words from another country, and think about the time and effort it took for that paper to wind its way from a remote location in Kenya to my mailbox.

Sometimes, though, the letters raise more questions.
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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 9 2013

CFCA sponsor: Sponsorship ‘brings encouragement, hope for the future’

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From left: CFCA sponsored aging friend Isabel meets her sponsor, Christine Sementelli.

Sponsors can travel around the world, experience many cultures and make new friends … all through the pages of a letter! See how CFCA sponsor Christine Sementelli finds joy in writing letters, and how this joy brings hope for the future.

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Jul 6 2013

Letter-writing tips from CFCA sponsors!

A group of sponsors shares their tips for writing letters to their CFCA sponsored friends!

Check out these tips from four sponsors!

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Letter writing
Jun 25 2013

15 easy letter-writing ideas

Daniel, a CFCA sponsored child in Guatemala

Daniel, a CFCA sponsored child in Guatemala, writes a letter to his sponsor.

Have you got letter-writer’s block? Do you stare at a blank page, wracking your brain to think of questions to ask in your letter?

Give your brain a break with these 15 easy letter-writing ideas!

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May 17 2013

How the Taylors know their sponsored friend through ‘love of letters’

Sponsors can travel around the world, experience many cultures and make new friends … all through the pages of a letter! See how CFCA sponsors Steve and Jayne Taylor “met” their sponsored friend, Nathasha, through precious letters, even as they plan to meet her in person this October.

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Aug 16 2011

5 great letter-writing ideas for your sponsored friend

Three CFCA sponsored children from El Salvador talk about letter-writing and what they want to hear from sponsors. Here are five topics they want to know more about: jobs, recreational activities, parents, grandchildren and gardening.

Brenda, CFCA sponsored child in El Salvador



How long have you been sponsored? Four years.

How often do you write your sponsor? At least five times a year.

What do you like about writing letters? I enjoy making drawings for them.

Does your sponsor write you? If so, how often? Around five times a year.

What have you learned about your sponsor through letters? She is a joyful person, very friendly. She has told me that she is a doctor and cures animals. Sometimes she cures her grandchildren too. Read more

Jul 21 2011

Five ways to ‘visit’ your sponsored friend, part 4

We’re in the middle of a series, “Five ways to ‘visit’ your sponsored friend” that don’t involve an actual mission awareness trip!

Cinthya, sponsored through CFCA

Cinthya, a CFCA sponsored child in Nicaragua, writes a letter to her sponsor.

So far we have three ways:

1) Cook a meal native to your friend’s ethnic cuisine,
2) Do something your friend likes doing, and
3) Research your friend’s country.

The fourth is to:

4) Write letters.

Time and time again, we hear from sponsored friends about the value and impact that your letters have in their lives.

They also love to see your pictures!

We recently featured an interview with Edras, a sponsored child in Honduras.

He said about his sponsors, “I would ask them to continue writing me because it makes me very happy, more than any gift that they would send me.”

Writers’ block? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started:

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May 18 2011

Words from your sponsored friend

By Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA web editor and writer

There’s something magical about receiving a letter from your sponsored friends. You can see and touch the words they’ve written, providing a window into their lives as well as your own.

Sandhya and her sister, sponsored through CFCA

Sandhya, left, helps her sister write a letter to her CFCA sponsor.

We’ve collected some special quotes from those who sponsor and those who are sponsored:

  • “The reason I am writing is to thank you with all my heart for the help you sent my brother and our family for so long. It was a blessing because all that he received, thanks to your financial support, was for the benefit of our home and especially for him because your support enabled him to study medicine in the university.” (From “Brother writes letter after sponsored youth dies“)
  • “From the first time the girls ripped open an envelope from Regina, their world expanded from our small town to another place where people don’t live as we do. It was a lesson in geography, economics, philosophy, even English. Most importantly, it was a humbling lesson of humanitarianism.” (From “Regina’s gift to her sponsoring family“)
  • “The two of us have felt very proud to be able to watch you, in some sense, to grow up from a very little girl to the strong and able adult that you are now. We have been very lucky to have been able to help you in some small ways, and we would wish to have been able to do even more for someone whom we have come to love and regard as a very special granddaughter.” (From “We will meet again“)
  • “At last I’m enjoying rains in a nice house that doesn’t leak. Thanks a lot for making my life happy. Ö You are part of my life, I cherish your care.” (From “Letters + watercolors = land for a family“)
  • Finally, I couldn’t resist adding a quote from my sponsored friend, who’s too young to be writing letters yet. His mother writes for him. She told me that in Kenya, the weather was very hot. “Victor received your letter … and he was envious to hear that the weather where you are is very cold and snowing.” (Personally, I wouldn’t mind borrowing a little weather from Kenya to Kansas!)

Now it’s your turn! Can you share with us in the comments something that your sponsored friend recently wrote to you?

Apr 28 2011

Sponsor provides tips on how to write letters, part 2

Last week CFCA sponsor Cheri Duchrow shared with us some of her thoughts about writing to her five sponsored friends. She answers the rest of our questions in this blog post.

You have already met some of your friends. How does meeting them face to face enhance your correspondence?

I have met two of the children I sponsor so far and will meet Florence in August.

Meeting them can take your relationship to the next level. It is like when you watch the news and see a story that takes place where you have actually been.

Francini in Costa Rica

Francini, a child sponsored through CFCA in Costa Rica, reads a letter from her sponsor.

When you visit your child, not only do they have the affirmation that there is a real person behind the letters, but so do all of the other children. To touch and talk with a real live sponsor gives them all a gift.

One girl I sponsored had to travel on a bus for almost 24 hours one way with her mother just to meet me. Her teacher postponed a test for her whole class for three days at school so she could meet me.

Writing a letter is not even close to riding a bus one way for 24 hours. I met one of the mothers who had worked for 10 years, never taking a day of vacation until I came to meet her son.

It humbles you to see the faith and joy they have rising up out of their situations. No longer can you turn a blind eye to what really matters.

What have been the highlights of your correspondence?

Florence is one of my best letter writers. She shares the name of my mother, and that is a God story all in itself how I came to sponsor her.

But I feel she has the same spirit as my mother. At only 9 years old she wants to become a doctor so she can help others like all of the people who have helped her. She has shared scripture with me.

Two children I sponsor are being raised in a single-parent (mother only) home. I have shared with them that I raised my daughter by myself and understand what a single-parent home is like.

I have asked them to pray for me for specific situations in my life. The more often I write I am more likely to get a small gold nugget of new information and not just what they have done at Christmas or Easter!

How do you think your sponsorship experience would be if you did not write?

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