Category: Walk2gether

Bob Hentzen walks with families in Guatemala in 2009, at the start of his second marathon walk. His wife, Cristina (far right) walks with them.
Nov 16 2016

Did you know: Our co-founder walked 12,000 miles

Bob Hentzen walks with families in Guatemala in 2009, at the start of his second marathon walk. His wife, Cristina (far right) walks with them.

Bob Hentzen walks with families in Guatemala in 2009, at the start of his second marathon walk. His wife, Cristina (far right) walks with them.

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor at Unbound

People are capable of more than they think they are.

Our late co-founder Bob Hentzen shared that wisdom with me in a December 2009 interview at the start of his extraordinary walk from Guatemala to Chile, a trek that crossed 12 countries, 18 months and nearly 8,000 miles. He’d answered a question I asked him about parallels between the long haul of the walk and our work with families in poverty.

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Fania Carnero, second from right, visits the homes of Unbound sponsored members with other staff members from Lima, Peru.
Sep 28 2016

Meet the staff: Fania in Peru

By Gloria Yanes, project specialist in international programs at Unbound

I would like to introduce Fania Carnero, a staff member from our office in Lima, Peru.

Fania started working at Unbound in January 2002 as a secretary, and since then she has been learning and adapting to any changes and accepting the suggestions and comments from Unbound. She is now in charge of the correspondence department for the Lima office. The correspondence department handles letters to and from sponsored friends and helps answer any specific inquiries sponsors may have regarding their sponsored friends.

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Jun 6 2012

We celebrate the 1-year anniversary of Walk2gether

Today, June 6, marks the first anniversary that Walk2gether ended in Valparaiso, Chile!

For those of you who are new to our CFCA community, Walk2gether was a nearly 8,000-mile journey by CFCA President Bob Hentzen and the grupo corazÛn (core group) through 12 Latin American countries, starting in Guatemala and ending in Chile.

Walk2gether began Dec. 29, 2009, and ended June 6, 2011.

We are grateful for the safety and well-being of the walkers, thanks to the talents, planning and participation of CFCA staff members and families. (Here you can read about the number of solidarity walks that took place with Walk2gether around the CFCA world.)

We also keep in mind that today marks the funeral celebration of Msgr. Greg Schaffer, a longtime CFCA board member and friend, in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.

“We express our gratitude for the gift that Fr. Greg has been and will continue to be for CFCA and for all his San Lucas family,” said Paco Wertin, the CEO of CFCA. “In particular we are grateful for the friendship that Bob and Fr. Greg shared across the years and across the miles, helping to guide CFCA into the way of peace.”

During Walk2gether, Bob expressed on CFCA’s behalf our solidarity with families living in poverty. We honor their sacrifices, support their struggles and partner with them on their path to a better future.

Bob and the walk team never felt alone because of your prayers and support. We cannot thank you enough for journeying with us.

Jan 18 2012

We found sponsors for more than 8,000 kids!

We did it!!

More than 8,000 children have been sponsored through the “8,000 miles for 8,000 kids” effort inspired by Walk2gether, the 8,000-mile solidarity walk through Latin America led by CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen.

Related news report: ‘8,000 miles for 8,000 kids’ meet goal

We cannot thank everyone enough for all the help we received in making this possible. This was a labor of love for so many people, and we deeply appreciate your support.

As Bob says, “For each of you who walked with us in fact or in prayer, this continues to be an exciting and humbling journey into the lives of our sponsored friends, their families and our CFCA colleagues.”

Thank you, CFCA community!

Dec 17 2011

Heroes of Walk2gether: Israel Itzol

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In another of our tributes to Walk2gether and our “8,000 miles for 8,000 kids” campaign, this video features Israel Itzol, a CFCA-Guatemala staff member.

During Walk2gether, he drove the support vehicle from Guatemala to Chile. (Walk2gether was a nearly 8,000-mile solidarity walk through 12 countries led by CFCA President Bob Hentzen.)

Israel served the walk team, not only as a driver and mechanic, but as a trusted friend.

Thanks to the help of our CFCA community, weíve found sponsors for 6,630 kids. Please consider telling a friend or someone you know who might be interested in sponsoring one of these children in need.

Thanks so much, Israel, for your labor of love!

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Nov 8 2011

Twitter chat: What are you thankful for but often take for granted? (#cfcachat)

Artwork by a child sponsored in Guatemala to @biggreenpen's daughter.

Yesterday we conducted a Twitter chat all about giving thanks (just in time for Thanksgiving)!

It was a great topic, and we enjoyed your ideas. Submissions ranged from access to clean water to family health and washing machines.

Read the highlights: “What are you thankful for but often take for granted?” on Storify

We’re grateful for all the participation and engagement during this hour-long chat. If you haven’t had a chance yet to join our Twitter chats, we’d love to see you next time!

Sep 13 2011

Twitter chat with Barclay Martin for Shine a Light concert (#cfcachat)

Barclay Martin, singer/songwriter and CFCA sponsor, and Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA web editor and writer

Singer/songwriter Barclay Martin and CFCA web editor Shanxi Omoniyi at the Twitter chat.

Yesterday we conducted a Twitter chat with singer/songwriter Barclay Martin, who will be performing at CFCA’s upcoming “Shine a Light” benefit concert.

[Read the highlights: “Barclay Martin speaks on Shine a Light: CFCA Benefit Concert” on Storify]

P.S. Want to help us “shine a light” on poverty? Please share the following video of Barclay Martin with your friends! Thanks so much.

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Hope to see you there!

Aug 26 2011

Update on our ‘8,000 miles for 8,000 kids’ campaign

The physical journey of Walk2gether, a nearly 8,000-mile walk by CFCA President Bob Hentzen and others, has ended.

But our campaign to find sponsors for 8,000 kids continues!

We cannot thank you enough for taking this journey with us. As of Aug. 26, our records show that 2,781 children have been sponsored through this campaign.

We’re confident that by the end of this year, we’ll have succeeded in sponsoring many more.

Behind every sponsorship is a person telling someone else about CFCA ñ whether it’s through word of mouth, online communications or social media.

So thanks for all your help! We deeply appreciate your support.

P.S. So far more than $80 has also been raised for CFCA scholarships through our related #8000kids campaign on Twitter. That’s great news!

Jul 1 2011

Guatemala welcomes Bob and Cristina Hentzen home

CFCA President Bob Hentzen and his wife, Cristina, arrived June 24 in Guatemala after completing Walk2gether, a nearly 8,000-mile walk through 12 Latin American countries to show solidarity with those living in poverty. Gerver Churunel from the Guatemala communications center sent us his reflection of the homecoming.

June 24: Over 500 CFCA employees from all regions of the Hermano Pedro project were at the airport to welcome Don Roberto (Bob) and Cristina. CFCA coordinators from other Central American communities were there, and they were surprised to see the amount of people waiting.

Finally Don Roberto appeared, and everyone sang. Teams showed so much joy, with hugs, cheers, songs, banners and percussion instruments. Some cried from excitement because the CFCA co-founder and his wife were returning home.

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Jun 23 2011

Sponsorship: ‘Walking together not just with your feet, but your heart’

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.

Cathy Crosby, CFCA board member

Cathy Crosby

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.

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