Bob Hentzen
Oct 9 2013

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen passes away at 77

Bob Hentzen

Share your memories of Bob in the comments at the end of this post.

Tuesday evening, the world lost a visionary soul, and heaven gained a bright star. CFCA President and Co-Founder Bob Hentzen, passed away Oct. 8 in Guatemala. He was 77.


Today we mourn the passing, and celebrate the life, of CFCA President and Co-founder, Bob Hentzen.

Bob was legendary in the CFCA family for his love of people, his commitment to the poor and his ability to weave a song into any story.

When Bob co-founded CFCA in 1981, he courageously acted on his unwavering belief in the dignity of the poor.

This belief would form his life’s work.

Bob created a CFCA for every person: young and old, rich and poor, here and there.

He found the inherent good in all people, and unified us for a great cause — that each individual across the globe could live a dignified life.

Bob Hentzen

Bob was passionate about the sponsor and sponsored friend relationship.

He was acutely aware that sponsorship had the potential to be life-changing for all involved.

And if you heard him speak of this, you would quickly agree.

It’s no surprise that Bob co-founded an organization focused on relationships; he was so gifted at creating meaningful relationships with every person he met.

Bob Hentzen

Bob did not see poverty; he saw potential in every human being.

And he spent his days cultivating that potential.

To meet Bob on U.S. soil was to see only a small part of a great man.

Bob was most alive surrounded by sponsored friends, walking dirt roads and playing his guitar.

That is how he spent his life.

Bob didn’t govern CFCA from a fancy corner office.

To do so would have been a departure from his very nature. He moved to Guatemala in 1996 and made a life among the people he dearly loved.

He understood the sponsored friends’ needs and desires because he lived with them every day.

He listened as he worked with them in the garden in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, when he visited families on awareness trips or while sharing coffee and conversation with anyone who came to his door.

Bob spent a few years of his life walking on behalf of the poor.

Bob Hentzen

Reflecting on his most recent trek, an 8,000-mile walk through 12 countries, Bob said, “I walk in gratitude for all the poor have taught me. By walking with those living in poverty, we are saying, ‘You are not alone. We are listening to you and learning from you.'”

Our sponsored friends knew that they were never alone because of Bob.

Their deep and abiding love for him is a reflection of his extravagant love for sponsored friends and their families all around the world.

Bob showed us the limitless power of sponsorship.

When we remember Bob, we will remember the faces of the children, the aging, mothers, fathers and brothers and sisters.

And that’s exactly how he would want it.

Help us celebrate Bob’s life by sharing your fondest memories of Bob in the comments below.

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79 thoughts on “CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen passes away at 77”

  1. Rest in peace, Bob. I know God greeted you with “Well done good and faithful servant.” My condolences to his wife , family and all CFCA.

  2. Meet Bob has given me a chance to pattern a small, though significant, part of my life after his vision for our need to do something for someone who will never be able to pay me back!
    I will never be able to pay Bob back for that chance to do some good for someone in need….even my own need! Thank You Bob Hentzen…Thank you!

  3. Dios lo tenga en su Gloria y gracias por dar muchas alegrías a muchas familias alrededor del mundo. Su obra y su caminar seguirá en nuestros corazones, simplemente gracias por abrir su corazon a muchas generaciones. Solo es un hasta luego Don Roberto!!!

  4. I am grateful to God for leading me to CFCA to help in some way in bringing the opportunity of education and other needs of those less fortunate. I thank God for Bob’s selfless love and dedication in creating this wonderful organization. To his family and many other friends and benefactors be certain Bob is now with the Lord celebrating all his gifts provided by God. AMEN

  5. le conocí y tuve la dicha de trabajar para CFCA hace más de una década, El señor Roberto impactó mi vida con su vida hecha acción y obra, entristezco hoy al saber que ha fallecido más confiada en Dios le dejo a su familia y amigos un mensaje de amor el cual él nos enseñó.. BENDICIONES CFCA y un hasta pronto a Don Roberto Hentzen…

  6. Descansa en Paz Roberto Hentzen. I am sadden by the news that he left. It is good people like him that we wish would live eternally here on earth. He did so much good to the world and touched so many people’s lives. I will always remember Bob a down to earth, humble, visionary, spiritual man. My prayers go out to Cristina and his family. At the end Bob Accomplished so much and will forever be remembered.

  7. We are truly blessed to have met, talked with, walked with, eaten with and prayed with Bob during MAT’s over the past 6 years. Though he may never be canonized, we KNOW that we have been in the company of a Saint. He will be missed, but his legacy will carry on. Thank you Bob for your witness and for your inspiration.

    Steve and Connie Williamson

  8. Bob is one of the greatest men I have ever met. He is not gone as long as CFCA still helps people and it does. Goodbye Bob it was an honor meeting you

  9. I am offering up my prayers for Bob and his entire family. Bob was certainly an awe inspiring man of God. May he rest in the arms of Jesus. I cannot wait to meet Bob when I enter heaven’s gate.

  10. I just learned of Bob’s passing. I’m saddened by the loss of such a great man and my heart and deepest condolences go out to all of his loved ones. I feel so fortunate that I got to meet him and hear him sing at the recent event in Brooklyn. I have never heard such joy before. I am also so glad that I had the opportunity to sit and talk with him. He was so very warm and welcoming. We have lost an extraordinary person who touched countless lives. I love being a sponsor in this wonderful organization. I thank God for this gift. Bob, God bless and thank you.

    Maura Lynch

  11. I never had the honor or meeting this great and gentle man. That being said, he has touched my life deeply. Through this wonderful organization, I sponser 2 children. One in Uganda, one in Indonesia. Within 2 months I plan on expanding my family to include 2 aging members. Through this CFCA organization, I have reached beyond myself to help someone else meet their dreams and potential, to better their world while making my life more fulfilled.
    God has gained a most worthy servant. Someone who looked beyond himself and who helped us who sponser reach farther beyond ourselves than we ever thought possible. Thank you Bob. One day, when my journey is done, I hope to meet you on those streets of Gold

  12. Mr. Hentzen was a teacher for us, but not a common teacher, he was a good one and special; he taught us the right way to love, love for poor people, love for all people in need; I remember that he liked to be sorrounded by children while he was singing lovely songs, and I still can hear him singing; Rest in peace my friend….

  13. The Earth mourns the passing of one of her most beautiful children. Such an incredible inspiration to all of us. Thank you, you opened doors for us that needed unlocking in order to give us the most wonderful and inspiring gift of sponsoring.
    May the gentle souls of the universe make your transition beautiful.
    Annie, Claire, Summer, Jack, Aaron and Dave

  14. When I met Bob and his dear wife in India I knew I had met a man with a heart for all men. All too often men “in charge are removed from the common man”. But the man and wife team I met wanted to spend time with those they were helping. A role model for me and many others. I hope others will honor his memory ans work by taking another of his beloved friends on and supporting them for at least one year. Make his legacy live on through those he loved to serve.

  15. Robert vivirá para siempre, en cada uno de nuestros corazones. Él es grande y doy gracias a Dios porque gracias a CFCA, y personas como Robert mi vida a partir del apadrinamiento cambio, y hoy soy una mejor persona. Pues descubrí mis capacidades y cualidades.
    Robert quienes te conocimos, sabemos que debes estar candando en el cielo junto con los angeltos de Dios.

  16. I met Bob when I sat next to him in Guatemala while having lunch, and I casually mentioned that I’d never tried goats milk. He didn’t know me, but got up from the table and came back a few minutes later, with a glass of goats milk from the farm, and handed it to me. He spent every moment of every day thinking about others, and how he could honor them, and he inspired those who met him to do the same. Bob was the most wise, caring, compassionate, generous, and alive human I’ve ever met. His selfless acts of kindness have flourished, and continue to flourish, exponentially. His presence at CFCA will be very missed but his pure example of loving others is alive and will very much continue to thrive indefinitely as his legacy.

  17. I had never met Bob yet read about his walking for poverty. We all have been blessed with his vision & goodness. CFCA Program is a wonderful way to help those in need & also meet people from other cultures. Most of us in the United States have no idea how abundant our lives are. May we always be thankful for our many blessings. May Bob’s family have the Lord’s Peace.

  18. Rest in peace good and faithful servant.
    My greatest memories from the CFCA trips that I was able to go on was of Bob playing his guitar and singing and dancing with the children and elderly.

  19. What a beautiful testimony that we can really make a difference! Bob Hentzen’s compassion and love for neighbor are an example for all. His was truly a life well lived. May he rest in peace.

  20. As you say we celebrate his life, full of joy strength and energy, his compromise with the poor and the work of the Foundation. He worked so hard that his 77 years of life might account for double of it, so much he worked so much he did.
    Our prayers to Cristina and his family and to that big extended Family that is the CFCA , sponsors, sponsored and workers.

  21. Rest in Peace Dear BOB. You are a real inspiration to all the who want to follow you in serving the poor. May God grant you eternal rest. My heartfelt condolences to his wife Christina, his children and grandchildren.

  22. Condolences to Bob’s wife , family and all CFCA.
    It is shock and cry all over Bhagalpur. The messenger of peace and hope for the poor is no more. Adieu to Bob-true great soul spreading the Christ’s message of love and compassion among the CFCA community all over the world. We deeply grieve his loss. His life is the example to all of us. In agony and pain we recall Bob – his work, walk, song, simplicity and love for poor. We are with you in spirit and prayer. We treasure his memories, and promise to keep his prophetic presence.
    May God grant our beloved Bob eternal rest and give you the strength to bear the loss!
    With prayers,
    Staff members & Sponsored families of Bhagalpur project.

  23. Condolences to his wife , family and all CFCA.
    It is shock and cry all over Bhagalpur. The messenger of peace and hope for the poor is no more. Adieu to Bob-true great soul spreading the Christ’s message of love and compassion among the CFCA community all over the world. We deeply grieve his loss. His life is the example to all of us. In agony and pain we recall Bob – his work, walk, song, simplicity and love for poor. We are with you in spirit and prayer. We treasure his memories, and promise to keep his prophetic presence.
    May God grant our beloved Bob eternal rest and give you the strength to bear the loss!
    With prayers,
    Staff members & Sponsored families of Bhagalpur project.

  24. Condolences to Bob’s wife , family and all CFCA.,
    It is shock and cry all over Bhagalpur.
    The messenger of peace and hope for the poor is no more.
    Adieu to Bob-true great soul spreading the Christ’s message of love and compassion among the CFCA community all over the world.
    We deeply grieve his loss. His life is the example to all of us.
    In agony and pain we recall Bob – his work, walk, song, simplicity, and love for poor.
    We are with you in spirit and prayer. We treasure his memories, and promise to keep his prophetic presence.
    May God grant our beloved Bob eternal rest and give you the strength to bear the loss!
    With prayers,
    Staff members & Sponsored families of Bhagalpur project

  25. My family wants to express our whole hearted condolonce to his family
    , to cfca family……
    Sir Bob is a symbol of love spreading through out
    the world….a legend…..
    I do remember him singing with his fav guitar during
    our pvl second congress…. And do embraced him and felt
    He loved people……..
    We will miss you so mch sir Bob…..
    We love you so much…..

  26. My hearty condolence to Christina and family. Also those who loved bob. I am very much shocked to know Bob is no more with us. His presence was the presence of Jesus and he lived gospel values. I pray his soul rest in peace. I loved Bob very much.

  27. Bob taught me and, I think, everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, how to love the poor. If more people would show love for the poor the world would be more better off. I think the gospel tells us to love the poor. I spent quite a bit of time yesterday meditating on Bob’s life. Our encounters played over and over in my thoughts. He was a great man and a great friend. God continue to bless your servant Bob and let him be our guide on the path to your heavenly kingdom. Hasta luego Roberto!

  28. Words fail me at this moment to describe the gratitude I feel for you selecting me to go on this great adventure with you all these years nor can they express the heartache I feel at losing you. But know that all of us at CFCA will carry on in your memory and know that our adventure is just beginning.

  29. My sympathy to Bob’s wife and family and to all at CFCA. He was a tremendous example for all, may he rest in peace after a job well done.

  30. Rest in peace Bob. You inspired so many people in so may ways. I pray that I make a small fraction of the impact you had on others for those in my life. You will be missed. Prayers and blessings.

  31. This is to say how deeply saddened I am at the loss of so great a companion to the poor, and myself as he has provided a means to love our neighbor and with integrity, fidelity, and long-suffering has helped so many to realize their dreams, live in dignity. He was a living
    saint.

    May God rest his soul in peace and heal our sorrow.

    Sr. Marie Teresa

  32. May you rest in peace Bob. Working with CFCA is a tremendous part of my life, though we saw each other only during convention in the Philippines (every November of each year), you are always remembered. You’re an inspiration to me, your songs and inspirational speech touched my heart and I always used those words in helping sponsored children and aging. I know your soul is with God now. Condolence to your family, we love you.

  33. Bob is one of the few people who touched so many people that his death will be mourned around the world. What a legacy he leaves. I hope his death is the impetus for another 100,000 sponsorships in his memory.

  34. Blessed are those who have died in the Lord; let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them.
    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May he rest in peace. Amen.
    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  35. I first met Bob in person on a MAT trip in Guatemala in 2007. After witnessing his love of others, especially those living in poverty, I became very active in my sponsorship. I increased the number of children I sponsored and also became an advocate and volunteer for CFCA. Bob had just walked thru Colombia and was beginning his journey thru Ecuador in September of 2010 about the time my wife and I were married in Bogota, Colombia. On the day we were married, September 4th of 2010, I received an email from Bob wishes us many blessings on that day. It’s an email I will always cherish, but more so his love and concern of others. He led a life that the rest of us should try and duplicate in helping and loving others. Bob will be missed but what he accomplished in his life will be a lasting inspiration to all that knew of him. Thank you Bob for the example you gave me. You’re loved very much!

  36. Watching Bob interact with families was the perfect intersection of detail and compassion. He would write things in his little notepad that I know got followed up on, yet the families were treated as if they were the very center of the universe in that moment. It was humbling to watch; he dignified everyone in his path.

  37. We met Bob about 18 years ago, in San Lucas, Guatemala. We went to “check out” CFCA. We had recently sponsored a young girl in San Lucas, but being careful, I had to check this organization out in person. And then we met Bob, and today, after many trips with Bob, after walking with Bob, and thanks to Bob, we sponsor 14. I have never met anybody as humble and kind, and yet as persuasive and influential (in a good way) as Bob, someone who has changed this world for the better in a way that is hard to comprehend, and all that he accomplished one child at a time. And all of Bob’s humility and kindness became even more obvious to me when, two years ago, in Alajuela, Costa Rica, he personally carried our two large suitcases from the curb to our hotel bedroom. The world has lost a truly great human being. Rest in peace, Bob, you will be greatly missed. Our most sincere condolences to Dona Cristina and all of their children.

  38. I am eternally grateful that my daughter and I had a chance to know the saint known as Bob Hentzen. His spirit will live on in beauty throughout the world. Peace to his family.

  39. The world has no greater news today that matters more than this:
    One who was truly loved has left the earth. It is our great loss and heaven’s great gain.

  40. I met Bob and his wife a few years ago in Guatemala. I was so inspired by his love of life, his dedication, and his total immersion in everyone he came in contact with. I know we have a singing, guitar playing advocate for the poor and the CFCA in Heaven.

  41. My sincere sympathies to Christina and all of Bob;s family at CFCA. I was very blessed to have met Bob during MAT’s to Nicaragua. I have never met a more inspiring person in my life. He will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched. I am at a loss for words to describe the impact he has had in my life. The world has lost a great human being who will me missed more than words can say.

  42. My deepest sympathies go out to Christine, Bob’s children, & Grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as well as Bob’s worldwide family of sponsored, sponsors, and the numerous CFCA staff and volunteers. I am one of the lucky ones who had the honor and privilege of meeting Bob and traveling with him on my trip to Guatemala in April. I knew at that time I was walking with a man who was truly a saint on earth. Bob took the time to know each of us personally. Now he will watch over us as we strive to carry on his work of restoring dignity and hope to the poor and marginalized the world over. Play a song for us in Heaven Bob.

  43. If anyone reading this and who may be ‘on-the-fence’ about sponsoring a child or aged friend; all I can say is DO IT. Sponsorship has been an amazing experience for our entire family. May Bob find peace and happiness and continue to serve his beloved poor in heaven.

  44. Although I was never able to have the pleasure of meeting Bob, he changed my life in great ways. Thanks to his wonderful ideas and achievements, I was able to sponsor two beautiful children from Guatemala and Nicaragua. I knew this before, but especially after reading everyone’s words in the wake of his passing, it is obvious that Bob has made a major difference in many lives and touched so many. His life’s work will be cherished for many years and he will be remembered as a modern-day saint. My most greatest sympathy to his family and friends.

  45. I only met Bob twice: at the preachers’ conferences, but that was enough to know that I was in the presence of a saint. May he continue to guide us.

  46. I met Bob a few months ago when my Granddaughter and I went to Guatemala. He touched our hearts with his words and songs. Then we saw how the people in the villages loved him. He was truly a man that helped many people including myself. He taught me so much the week I was there. The love, the compassion, the hope, and a dream. You will be missed Robert. It was a pleasure and a honor to have met you. Time to rest, but for some reason I don’t think you will. Thank you.

  47. Don Roberto Hentzen llego a Guatemala desde Kansas en 1996 a pie pidiendo por la Paz del mundo, fue un dia de alegria y Fiesta en el Proyecto Jovenes de Maria CFCA en Quetzaltenango, donde inicio el programa de apadrinamiento con 6 niños beneficiados en los diferentes programas de educacion, nutricion, salud, vestuario, etc. Hasta el año 2002 solo en este proyecto teniamos ya mas de 1000 beneficiados entre niños, y jovenes becados. CFCA a sido de gran bendicion para Guatemala a traves de don Roberto Hentzen DIOS LE DE EL DESCANSO ETERNO.

  48. It is rare that any of us get to meet a truly great person; even more rare to have the opportunity to know him personally and learn from him. I miss Bob greatly. His walk continues through the many lives he touched.

  49. Tuve la dicha de conocer a Don Roberto, hoy la tristeza enbarga mi corazon por su partida, pero tengo la certeza que ya esta al lado del Todo Poderoso. Solo le pidio A Dios que les de la Fortaleza y Resignacion a su Esposa he hijos.

  50. Hyderabad was so dear to him…I’m sure that is what each project believes. Bob had the magic to make every single person feel special. Everyone felt that “he loves me so much”. The minute he meets someone…he writes down their name in his little book and remembers them the next time. Oh! how we love you Bob. We are unable to get over your passing. Each morning as we enter the CFCA office…we feel empty, we say to ourselves Bob is not there. It is as if we have lost everything. We will mourn for the rest of our life and to think you would have been here in the next 20 days is devastating. You were the center of our trips, of our program and of our every decision. You shared great thoughts in simple words…we will continue the legend of CFCA. CFCA Hyderabad salutes you!

  51. Words can not express the sadness in my heart over hearing of the passing of Bob. It is through the grace of God I had the opportunity to meet and spent time with him on a recent Mission Awareness trip to the Dominician Republic. I truly felt that I was in the presence of a saint that entire week. My life will never be the same thanks to this good man. Rest in peace Bob. Christina and family will be in my prayers.

  52. My love and prayers go to Dona Cristina, their children and all the team behind CFCA.
    I meet Bob in 2001 in San Lucas Toliman and he inspired me to keep that flame of deep respect for the sponsored families. His work will continue as his spirit lives in so many of us. Peace and Kindness

  53. I pray to God for Bob’s good soul, I met Bob and his wife during the awareness mission trip in Palay. he is lovable, dedicated, I will never forget his kind face. we learned a lot through his service. we lost his love and service. Daily I do special prayer for Bob’s family and continue the service in his way.

    Palay – Team.

  54. My deepest sympothy to bobs wife, children, his siblings and their children, the whole cfca family. Bob was a very special man. I had the honor of meeting him in el salvador. I am especially grateful that I was able to have spent the evening of sept. 26 with him at mercy high school and to have the honor of having him spend the night at our retreat house. Bob I will miss you but I know your spirit will live onn in your cfca family. Thank you for all your great work

  55. “Take the challenge of downward mobility.” That little phrase spoken by Bob has stayed with me all these years since I first heard them some twenty years ago. It was the way to be in solidarity with the poor. CFCA came to Canada with the urging of Jim Hentzen and when I joined the Board of CFCA (Canada) I met Bob, Bud, Jerry Tolle, Nadine and others of CFCA. It was life changing. Due to tax constraints CFCA left Canada and today CHALICE continues and extends that work. As Bob’s legacy continues to impact around the world as it will, I am grateful that I have shared in a small way in his legacy. I thank all the Hentzen family who began and continues the work of CFCA, I wish you my fondest and deep felt prayer. May God’s loving kindness continue to bless Bob now in heaven as it was on earth. In Christ, shalom.

  56. I heard about his Hard work for poor children and aged people Really touched my heart . I came to know CFCA I praised God for Dear Bob who was special man . we would like to pray for continual work of CFCA. and also Remember his loved ones to carry on the work continually by the Grace of God .I cannot forget him. May God Bless him as he is going to be in Heaven with Peace !!!

  57. Thank you Bob for giving us the compassion and love you have for the children and elderly who have a lot less than we do. After spending a few trips in Central America with Bob, it became obvious that where ever we travelled, the people, young and old knew him and what he brings to their lives. I will try to carry on with the Blessing I have been given and keep the great work of CFCA alive forever. I hope someday I will make it to once more shake hands with a true Saint.

  58. I met Sir Bob on my three MAT’s to the Philippines. What an inspiration He was to everyone and will be greatly missed. My prayers to Christina and the CFCA family. Love to all, Therese

  59. “I am offering my forever friendship, and I want it eternally”…the very lasts words I’ve got from Sir Bob as we personally met with Ma’am Cristina during MAT 2012 here in the Philippines. The same words I heard the moment I came to know that he passed away. It was extremely hard for me remembering all the joys, laughter and tears we shared along the roads being with him for the first 6 months of Walktogether from Guatemala to Colombia. Much more than this is the love and care he showed to all of us – the same love, care and inspiration he shared with me in the most trying times of my life at CFCA work and with my family. After all, I learned the real meaning of genuine love, service and commitment as he inspired me in the process. I am aware of the many sacrifices Sir Bob has offered for CFCA and for all those in need that made his life and great deeds worth emulating. As he passes away, his spirit of love and service remains and I am privilege that I learned it from him and inspired by him as I am continuing the mission he started in my own little way for the people he loved most. SIR BOB, KNOWING YOU IS A GIFT,and BEING WITH YOU IS WORTH IT. You will always be remembered in our hearts and prayers and so with Ma’am Cristina and family and the CFCA family whom you selflessly gave your life and your love for more than 32 years since it started.

    Rest in peace with the Lord our dear inspiration Sir Robert “Bob” Hentzen.

    With much love and respect, Veron, Renzo and family

  60. I believe Bob was a man of God who lived with us on this earth. “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

    “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
    Revelation 14:13
    Yo creo que Don Roberto fue un hombre de Dios que vivio con nosotros en esta tierra. Y oí una voz que me decía desde el cielo: «Escribe: “Bienaventurados de aquí en adelante los muertos que mueren en el Señor.” Sí, dice el Espíritu, descansarán de sus trabajos, porque sus obras con ellos siguen.”
    Apocalipsis 14:13

  61. I never met Mr. Bob, but I was one of the sponsored and I am a success person. It was a big help for me to have someone at the time I really needed. I wanted to study, but I could not pay my studies. I new the CFCA in my town PATZICIA, Chimaltenango in Guatemala.
    Now I thank Bob for his love and creation of the CFCA for all. Rest in peace Bob.
    sincerely
    Juan Racanac

  62. Condolences to Bob’s wife, children and all his near and dear ones. May the good Lord comfort them and strengthen them to bear his absence.
    Bob Robert is a saint, who helped many to live their life in full and meaningfully. He shall live in the hearts of many – generations after generation!
    God has opened the gate of heaven for him, wanting him to enjoy the eternal happiness with Him!

  63. God bless Robert Hentzen. I met him on 2 mission awareness trips to Mexico and the Philippines. He was inspiring in the way he ran the CFCA organization and he lived a wonderful life. Condolences to his wife and family.

  64. We had the honor of being with Bob during two different trips with CFCA. What a gift he was for others. What a life, he shared with so many people filling them with hope. What a heart like Christ reaching out to the poor.

  65. BOB HENTZEN DIOS TE BENDIGA Y BENDIGA A TU FAMILIA DESDE EL CIELO, GRACIAS A DIOS YO CONOCÍ A DON ROBERTO HOMBRE LLENO DE AMOR, PAZ , CARIÑO, UN HOMBRE SENCILLO PERO CON MUCHO AMOR TUVE LA OPORTUNIDAD DE ESTAR CON EL Y COMPARTIR, DESEO QUE DIOS TE TENGA EN PAZ BOB Y QUE SIEMPRE NOS RECUERDES DESDE EL CIELO POR QUE QUI TE RECORDAREMOS , EL MAS SINCERO PÉSAME A DOÑA CRISTINA, AMIGOS Y DEMÁS FAMILIAS

    CON AMOR DESDE HONDURAS

  66. Sad to say that we never had the opportunity to meet Bob. He was truly a saint walking on earth with us. God will welcome him into heaven with no reservations. Thank you Bob.

  67. In 2006 my grandson, who has autism, and I flew to Guatemala. For C it was to learn Spanish, for me it was to work for three months at OSHP in Antigua. Due to confusion our travel was longer than expected and we were separated from our luggage. My grandson who sang w/ a beautiful boy-soprano voice calmed himself by singing many of Bob’s songs while we waited for the luggage. Bob was waiting next to us and sang w/ him. Three months later when we attended a Mission Awareness Trip Bob remembered the 12-year-old and invited him to join Bob in singing before the group, joking that C. knew the words of the songs better than Bob did.

  68. Bob Hentzen seems as though he was a wonderful human being with wisdom far beyond most of us who are alive at this time in history.It takes people with spiritual conviction to put together this the type of organization he did. I did not know him or his family, but I think it’s safe to say what a giving wife he certainly must have had and giving children that sacrificed to let him do his thing while he was here. I hope his family is well taken care of and he is always remembered with a smile. God Bless!

  69. 11/18/2013

    I just learned of Mr. Hentzen’s passing today. I am so so sorry. I was blessed in the June, 2008 mission trip to Columbia to meet Mr. Hentzen and his lovely wife, as they accompanied us on the trip. It was exciting and inspiring to follow Mr. Hentzen on his 8,000 mile walk in 2009 and 2010. Rest in peace, Mr. Hentzen, you have been an incredible inspiration and tireless worker for those without a voice giving hope and opportunity to millions.

    Diane Kahl

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