Eddie Watson, a member of the CFCA communications department, joined Walk2gether in Ecuador. Hereís his perspective on how the walk shows hope in action, especially among those living in poverty.
ìÖtribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappointÖî ó Romans 5:3
Eddie Watson, a member of the CFCA communications department, joins Walk2gether in Ecuador.
At CFCA we talk about hope a lot. Itís in the name of our sponsorship program: Hope for a Family.
It appears in many of our publications, and itís posted throughout our headquarters in Kansas City, Kan. Itís at the heart of what this organization is all about.
But have you ever actually witnessed hope?
I hadnít until I visited Ecuador and walked with Bob and CFCA families on Walk2gether.
Hope was everywhere. Right now, somewhere in Peru, hope is walking along the right edge of a highway in the middle of a desert. Cars are whistling right on by.
In fact, there is a hope trail that stretches from Guatemala south more than 5,000 miles to Peru.
I read the scripture passage cited above on my flight home to the U.S. It jumped off the page at me, and I thought it illustrated what I experienced on Walk2gether and what the walk is really all about.
The families CFCA serves face tribulations every day, challenges far more intense than walking the 21 or more miles a day on the walk. CFCA serves families who walk several miles every day just to get water.
No, walking wasnít challenging for the beautiful people who met us as we passed through their communities.
What was challenging for many of them was walking the distance in flip flops or school dress shoes, because it was all they had.
But they didnít complain. They had far more character achieved through lives in the rural mountains of the Andes; character developed working for $7 a day on someone elseís land; character achieved by having to work 12-hour days to feed your three kids and send them to school, to give them a better future.
Borja Homero, the father of a sponsored child from Mira.
Two sponsored children participate in Walk2gether.
I was walking in a rain shower with Bob early one morning, feeling bad for all the families with us getting drenched.
I began thinking about all the money I spent on the gear keeping me warm and dry: $140 Gortex-lined boots, a $40 fleece jacket, a $50 rain jacket.
We came to a resting point, and we lined up to greet the families and thank them for joining us. I wish you could have seen their faces.
They were so excited to meet Bob and so proud to walk for the organization. Nothing was going to stand in their way. This was one way they could give back.
As much as Bob is walking to show CFCAís love, these families are walking to say ìthank you.î They are thrilled to be on the journey.
I saw the hope in their eyes.
Their hope makes my food taste different. It makes my showers shorter, my ìI love youísî better, and makes me want to jump out of the bed in the morning.
The hope I saw makes me want to give my best.
Bob says this is what the walk and CFCA are all about. He says we should ìbe at our best for the poor because they deserve it.î
It started making more sense to me how a 74-year-old man can dream of walking 8,000 miles with these families. He sees hope.
I was privileged to see it. The worldwide CFCA community is beginning to see it, too, as we spread our message to more and more people.
My dream is for everyone to see it.