Dec 30 2009

Walking with hope

Henry Flores, director of the Communications Center in El Salvador, traveled to Guatemala for the start of Walk2gether. Below is his reflection of that first day.

About two years ago, Bob Hentzen, CFCA president and co-founder, announced his desire to walk from Guatemala to Chile. Dreams, plans, logistics, organization, hope and physical training started to be in the minds, souls and bodies of thousands of staff members and families around the world.

Time has gone fast and, yesterday, we began Walk2gether, a pilgrimage of 8,000 miles through 12 countries in Central and South America. At 2:30 a.m., hundreds of people were walking around the halls of the CFCA center in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, excited for the pilgrimage to start.

Waking up to the sound of the marimba, traditional music of Guatemala, was fantastic, the vibes of the music touched my heart. As Bob took his first step into the walk, fireworks, firecrackers, flowers, smiles and tears were merging all together into a sense of deep spirituality as sponsors, staff members and CFCA families were connecting to the road, connecting to Mother Nature.

What an inspirational message it was for me to see how the families were coming out of their homes or gathering along the highway to greet Bob and the pilgrims, some other ones were walking for miles and miles with us, and when I was looking at the road ahead of us, I only thought of how much more we need to do, of how many more people we need to reach out to.

The first 25 miles of the walk are finished. There are 7,975 more to go, lots of challenges to be faced on the road, thousands of families to meet, and the promise of the Hope for a Family sponsorship program is carrying us and calling all of us involved in CFCA to continue our mission to help create a path to out of poverty and self-sufficiency for our sponsored families, with dignity and love.

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9 thoughts on “Walking with hope”

  1. Hola, fue una experiencia bastante agradable y ˘nica participar en la caminata con don Roberto, tuve el privilegio de acompaÒarlos 35 kms. desde antes de la circunvalaciÚn de Santa LucÏa hasta Escuintla. acompaÒaron niÒos apadrinados, padres de familia y staff de los sub proyectos. Que Dios acompaÒe al grupo corazÚn y a don Roberto en todo su recorrido.

  2. Dear Bob and Cristina:

    Please be assured that I will remember you daily as you make your journey of love and faith. May the Lord bless you and protect you and all who walk with you these days. I will miss seeing you in Monterrey, Mexico in March!

  3. GRACIAS DIOS POR EXISTIR PERSONAS COMO DON ROBERT Y LA GRAN FAMILIA DE CFCA REALMENTE HACEN LA DIFERENCIA EN ESTE MUNDO DONDE LA DIGNIDAD HUMANA SE HA IDO PERDIENDO Y PUES ESTOY MUY FELIZ PORQUE YO TAMBIEN CAMINARE 14 KILOMETROS Y SEGURO ESTOY QUE DIOS BENDECIRA MUCHO A DON ROBERTO Y ATODOS LOS TRABAJADORES COLABORADORES PADRINOS Y A TODOS LOS QUE HACEN POSIBLE QUE CFCA SIGA DE PIE, BENDICIONES

  4. Bob and Cristina,

    God bless you both. I arrived home safely on Saturday afternoon. It was my privilage to be part of the start of the walk. I only made it to the 10K mark but was something that I will never forget. I wish I had your stamina, Bob and Cristina. Guess I should learn a lesson from you and start exercising more. I think you are on a rest break right now before continuing on into El Salvador. Get some well deserved rest and Best Wishes for the rest of the walk. Maybe I can join up with you again somewhere along the way.

  5. Prayers at all the masses in Gilette, Wyoming, I will ask the people at every one of my appeals to pray for the success of CFCA and especially this pilgrimage. Also the other masses I have will have the pilgrimage as its principal prayer intention.

    Fr. Henry Roberson
    Presenter

  6. It was such a moving experience to be a part of the launch in Guatemala while on my MAT. The first 10k were all downhill, but left a lasting impression on me as we passed the hundreds of families along the way joining us for a stretch or just offering support and prayers. CFCA is solidarity.

    God bless you, Bob and Cristina, and may He keep you safe along your journey.

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