An update letter from Lucy
Lucy continues to provide Holy Savior Parish updates about her life. Please check on her updates under the "Documents" section on this page! We are proud to support Lucy!
"First of all receive much and warm greetings from your BEST friend Lucy and entire family members.” This is the way Lucy began a recent letter sent to us at Holy Savior. To know that she considers herself our BEST friend is humbling. Our sponsorship of Lucy through the organization, Unbound, brings hope and financial stability to Lucy and her family. For those of you who have been praying for Lucy, please note your prayers are working. Each letter we receive states that her performance in school improves. Her test scores and class ranking go up each time we receive a letter.
She has stated she wants to be a teacher. Her favorite subjects are math and English. It is encouraging to know that our spiritual and financial support is making such a difference in her life. She has sent a personal message of thanks for the skating party we had for her last fall which was used for several months of her sponsorship. Besides attending school, she wrote of Christmas and Easter celebrations, her favorite teacher, and the work she does in the fields to help her parents with the harvest.
She sends thanks for the letters she has received especially the one from the 8th graders. If you are interested in sending a letter to Lucy, please bring it to the parish office, and it will be sent to Lucy in Kenya. Your continued spiritual and financial support of Lucy is appreciated. She wants us to know that all of us at Holy Savior are in her daily prayers. God is good!
Holy Savior's sponsorship of Lucy featured in Catholic Advance article
This is an article that appeared in the May 3, 2013 edition of The Catholic Advance about Lucy Kinyua, a young girl that Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy is sponsoring through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.
Holy Savior parishioners sponsoring Kenyan girl
Students, parishioners raise money to help educate her through Kansas City charity
WICHITA – Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy are sponsoring a 10-year-old girl from Kenya named Lucy Kinyua through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.
Their latest fundraising effort for Lucy, conducted in February, raised $158, enough for five months of sponsorship. The activities included two “Tag Days” in which students could wear their casual clothes for a dollar. The first Tag Day was held during Catholic Schools Week when students wore the national colors of Kenya, red, green and black. The second was on Valentine’s Day. Along with the Tag Days, money was raised by selling Valentine cookies and cards as well as raffle tickets for a Valentine stuffed animal.
Because of her sponsorship through CFCA, Lucy receives school supplies, shoes, monthly food stipends, community support, hope and the opportunity to continue her education.
CFCA, based in Kansas City, Kan., is a sponsorship organization that brings hope, love and education to over 300,000 children and elderly people in 22 countries. Holy Savior began sponsoring Lucy in 2011. Parishioners and students pray, write letters, send cards, and offer monetary support for Lucy.
For more information or to participate in future events for Lucy, visit www.holy-savior.org.
Information and letters from Lucy are posted on the parish website under the Mission Outreach heading found in the Organization tab.
I am very excited to announce that Holy Savior Catholic Church has “adopted” a little eight year old girl by the name of Lucy Kawira Kinyua from Kenya through the organization Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). CFCA is a sponsorship organization that brings hope, love, and education to over 300,000 children and elderly people in 22 countries. This sponsorship will enable Lucy to stay in school and give her the opportunity to pursue a career. Without this sponsorship, Lucy would not receive an education or the possibility of becoming something more than a peasant farmer. Education will allow her to follow a career path to being a doctor, nurse, lawyer, teacher, or whatever she desires. This sponsorship will bring Lucy and her family stability, hope, and the knowledge that our parish is supporting her in so many ways. CFCA will ensure Lucy stays in school, has a proper uniform, school supplies, and nutritious food. The organization also provides tutoring services, career development, and character training. Beyond these necessities, this benevolent organization will also organize birthday and Christmas celebrations and provide useful gifts for Lucy. As a parish, we can pray, write letters, and participate in a fun event to raise the money needed for this sponsorship. The students at Holy Savior Catholic Academy are currently learning about Lucy and praying for her regularly. They will be decorating cards and writing letters to her also. This sponsorship is our opportunity to help a child in Kenya, Africa break the cycle of poverty and come to know our amazing parish through letters, prayer, and sponsorship. As a parish, we will receive many blessings and an extreme sense of joy getting to know this beautiful child of God.
Students maintain strong friendship with Lucy
The students at Holy Savior Catholic Academy are spreading the joy of the Holy Spirit to a nine year old girl in Meru, Kenya. This joy is evident by the bright shining eyes and slight smile one can see in the newest photo of Lucy Kawira Kinyua. Lucy is a sponsored child through the organization Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). This past school year students discovered the joy one can experience through the power of prayer, compassion, education, knowledge of another culture, and hope. This learning experience has been incorporated into weekly Spanish classes. Students’ basic question and answer skills have been strengthened through conversation activities regarding Lucy’s life. Praying for Lucy has enlightened the students on the power of prayer. Learning our prayers in Spanish has a lot more meaning when praying for our special friend, Lucy. The understanding that education brings hope to Lucy and her family reinforces the importance of a quality education for HSCA students right here in Wichita.
Lucy knows that she is special due to the many cards and letters we have sent her. Christmas greetings were sent to Lucy in the form of colorfully decorated nativity scenes prepared by students. Signed Easter cards were also sent to Lucy as a reminder that people across the globe celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord just as she does. Birthday cards were signed by parishioners and students at HSCA and sent to Lucy to brighten her special day. Receiving letters from Lucy has been exciting for all of us. Her aunt has written to us on several occasions detailing the events of Lucy’s life and extending many blessings to the children of HSCA and parishioners of Holy Savior Church.
It was exciting to learn first-hand information about the country of Kenya by Mr. Charles Muguchia, the father of Sheridan and Leslie, students at HSCA. He was born and raised in Kenya and came to Kansas about 10 years ago. He informed us about many aspects of Kenya including education, food, weather, animals, geography, and life in general. He also enlightened the children on the importance of learning a second language such as Spanish. While living in Kenya he spoke 6 different languages including Swahili, English, and several tribal languages.
Students prepared creative cards the last few weeks of school. The cards were created with care and contained many prayerful expressions of love. This is evidence that the Holy Spirit is working through HSCA students to bring joy and hope to Lucy Kawira Kinyua of Kenya, Africa.
Read letters and see pictures from Lucy
Lucy has written several letters and drawn many pictures for the people of Holy Savior Catholic Church. You can read her letters and see her pictures by clicking on the link below: