Cathy Crosby, a CFCA board member, joined Walk2gether during the last leg of its journey through Chile. Here is her reflection on the nearly 8,000-mile walk through 12 countries to show solidarity with those living in poverty.
“La palabra es gratitud.” (The word for the day is gratitude.)
CFCA President Bob Hentzen’s words gathered us in a circle hours before dawn in the rain, the morning of Walk2gether’s last day.
Dead birds and dry riverbeds along our route had offered silent witness to the plight of the people.
Gratitude for the rain underscored our thanks for months of safety, the gift of one another, and most of all the countless gifts from sponsored friends and their families.
Connection, connectedness and unity (not uniformity) are threads woven through my Walk2gether experience.
These words hint at, but fail to capture, the profound interconnections that are the heart of CFCA.
CFCA and its Hope for a Family sponsorship program are built on loving relationship, beginning with Jesus’ love for his heavenly Father, his earthly parents, each person he encountered, and extending to all of creation.
As a sponsor, I have been privileged to travel to Guatemala and Kenya to be with my sponsored children and their families. That relationship is foundational. Our prayers, letters and photos keep us connected.
Walking is a powerful reminder of our connection to our earth as well as one another.
When walking in darkness or slippery mud, we must take care with each step, often directly in the footsteps of the walkers in front. Those following will step into our footprints.
In daylight we share creation’s countless small gifts: a lingering wildflower, a spectacular cloud formation.
Gravity grounds us and binds us to our planet, yet our spirits soar as each mile unites us as companions on our life journeys.
A sliver of fingernail moon, waves crashing over the seawall, distant mountains and huge sand dunes: these images integrate each physical step with an awareness that our careless misuse of God’s gifts contributes to the burden of our sisters and brothers living in poverty.