While most Americans were watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, I was in Guatemala on a mission awareness trip for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a 25-year-old charity started by Catholic laypeople in Kansas City, Kan. The purpose of the organization is to help impoverished people in Third World countries get the training and education they need to improve their station in life. CFCA is also committed to helping land reform in Guatemala, where 18 extended families own all the land in the country. It has helped indigenous people acquire land in this country that suffered through a terrible civil war two decades ago.
The trip I took is designed for people who sponsored children in the area. The sponsors meet the children whom they help. For $30 a month, Americans are able to sponsor one child in the Third World, including places like Colombia, India, the Phillipines and Kenya. Put into perspective, a man I met Sunday was a mason who makes about 35 Quetzales per day during a six-day work week. That comes out to less than $30 per week. Three of his children have been sponsored by CFCA, and he expressed gratitude to the sponsors and to God for their contributions.