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CFCA sponsor John Aceti went on a recent mission awareness trip in Bolivia. During the trip, he met Bob and Cristina Hentzen, who were conducting a 2-kilometer solidarity walk there. The Hentzens have since returned to Bolivia to continue with Walk2gether.
A unique experience I had in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was when Bob and Cristina did the 2-kilometer walk with our American group and the local village members.
Families join Bob and Cristina Hentzen in a solidarity walk during a recent Bolivia mission awareness trip.
After we disembarked from our bus, we walked to the front of the big group where Bob and Cristina were ready for us.
The walk began with the majority of the American group walking up front near our leaders.
I decided that I wanted to walk with the villagers and proceeded to move near the end of the line where they were all walking.
I wanted to internalize the experience and try to have a sense of connection as I walked with them.
As I walked I spoke in the best Spanish and the few words that I knew with some of them.
Although I took photographs, I approached one woman with a small child walking and said, Buenos dÌas, seÒora. øCÛmo est· usted? øBien? (Good morning, ma’am. How are you? Well?)
Bob and Cristina Hentzen participate in a solidarity walk during a recent Bolivia mission awareness trip.
She responded with, ìSÌî and a big smile. I then extended my hand to the child who looked up to her mother, who nodded, and we walked TOGETHER.
I did hear some laughter and applause behind us.
I did this about three times with different people when, on the last time, I felt someone slip their arm and hand around my right arm.
When I looked to my side, I looked into the eyes and face of one of the mothers who appeared to be saying with a big smile, “We’ll walk together with you, too.”
I felt a big rush of euphoria come over me, and that internalized my reason for being there. For three seconds I realized what Bob and Cristina experienced for 8,000 miles.
It was an experience that will be with me for a long time.
John Aceti, from Texas
Itís interesting to read what visitors on CFCA mission awareness trips have to say about the countries they visit, but what impresses people who visit the U.S.?
Last week, six accountants from Latin America projects ó four from Guatemala, one from El Salvador and one from Colombia ó visited the CFCA headquarters in Kansas to learn a new accounting system. They account for the sponsorship funds and their use in the field, then make their report back to Kansas City. We asked our guests what impressed them most during the visit.
From left are Francisco Chavajay, Mario Gonzalez, Pedro Ibate, Alexandra Cardona Gomez, JosÈ Alfredo Julajuj and JosÈ Nery Madrid.
Hereís what they said …
p style=”text-align:left;”>ìIt is a blessing to be here learning new ways of working, and it fills me with happiness. Definitively, looking at the culture, I see lots of organization. I also noticed much cultural diversity. I have seen people from many different countries here in Kansas.î
óPedro Ibate, Atitlan project, Guatemala
p style=”text-align:left;”>ìThis is a very orderly country. I could see different kinds of construction that I havenít seen in my country. You donít have buses or transport trucks, like we have in Guatemala. Here, everybody has their own car. And there are lots of people on the streets, people out exercising, lots of green space. The people are very friendly.î
óJosÈ Alfredo Julajuj, Hermano Pedro project, Guatemala