May 5 2010

Singing at the border

After Walk2gether entered Colombia, Henry Flores, director of the CFCA Communication Center in El Salvador, contacted Judith Bautista, project coordinator for Bogota, Colombia, to see how the walk is going.

How was the experience of Walk2gether entering Colombia?
JudithIt was very exciting. It was Saturday, and I was in company of Isabel, another CFCA-Colombia staff member. We did not expect the walk to arrive until the next day. We were at the border, reviewing some plans and, suddenly, we turned toward the Venezuelan side of the border and saw a group of people with traffic vests and flags, and Bob was leading them. I got really excited, they were singing and we started singing back. It was incredible, emotional. All of us from the CFCA team in Colombia, about 60 people, walked to meet them. We laughed, hugged each other. There was joy, smiles and tears, this was an unbelievable moment for me.

Did the Walk2gether group have any problem crossing the border?
They did not have any problem entering Colombia. One thing we were told by the border authorities is that they needed us to keep informing them of the location of the walk every other week so they could be alert.

How was it for you to work with the CFCA Venezuela team to organize the walk?
It has been great! They are a great team: hard-working women and very close to their communities. The project coordinator in Venezuela, Sunilde, and I have an excellent relationship, when we saw each other at the border we both cried, and it was hard to say goodbye.

Sunilde and I have a lot in common. We both share the same spirit for CFCA, the same values, and we both enjoy working with the sponsored members of CFCA. Our dream of finding options for our communities is something that unites us. She is a woman who has done much for the communities in Venezuela.

Sunilde shared with me the rough moments they experienced in Venezuela while walking. In some places, people, in general, understood about the walk, but some who didnít understand were rude to them.

So, working with the Venezuelan team gives me a sense of admiration because in spite of all their challenges, they are doing so much good for the students, families, communities, etc. Their sponsored children and elderly are people with brave hearts.

What is the feeling of the CFCA Colombian team of welcoming the walk?
Looking at the walkers crossing into Colombia is something that we were dreaming about for a long time. In Colombia, we are excited and happy, hearing our voices united in song with the voices of the Venezuelan team was beautiful.

Ending one section of the walk and beginning a new phase is admirable. The feeling is something hard to describe, it is something that you feel in your heart and soul.

Seeing both flags, Colombian and Venezuelan, waving in the middle of the border between both countries, was like being in limbo, where nothing else mattered. I remembered that borders can be drawn by the men but, in spite of them, CFCA reaches across, like a big family, and words are inadequate to describe this feeling.

The flag of unity of CFCA tells us that something very special is happening in the world and in all of the countries where Walk2gether visits.

0 thoughts on “Singing at the border”

  1. It sounds like the walk is going well and bringing hope and joy to the people where CFCA has projects. It sends a message that the poor are important and respected and loved. May the road rise to meet you and the wind be at your back and the Lord hold you always in the palm of his hand (as the Irish say).

    Sr. Barbara Mayer

  2. What Joy!
    Hope that someone took photo’s of this “specail moment” when people come together for a common purpose…to better the world around us and give hope to future of the poor.

  3. es increible como un largo peregrinar cambia la vision de tantas naciones… caminando juntos rompe los esquemas de lo cuotidiano y permite que todos seamos ciudadanos… hermanos y hermanas del mundo…asi sea solo por una jornada esperamos con exitacion la llegada de la peregrinacion a cali colombia .. para por un segundo sentir la vision de un mundo unido…donde cada hombre y mujer se traten con respeto, y el amor permita la ayuda del mas necesitado no dando de lo que nos sobra sino brindando desde la abundancia que nos rodea… que dios los bendiga y me siento muy orgulloso y me quebranto de saber que mi hermana Judith hace parte de este sueÒo…que Dios en su inmensa misericordia los siga bendiciendo.

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