Tag: Walk2gether

Dec 13 2012

‘A blessing in my life:’ Kasey’s sponsorship experience

By Kasey, who sponsors Amelia through CFCA

Amelia, left, and Kasey, right.

Amelia, left, and Kasey, right.

I heard about CFCA through an online search.

I knew I wanted to sponsor through a reputable program, and after extensive research and finding that CFCA’s values lined up with my own beliefs, I knew I had found the right place.

I searched the profiles and determined that a woman named Fabiana needed my help most.

Her story resonated with me. For $30 a month, I could help this elderly widow off of her straw bed on the ground and change her whole life.

When I got her first letter, I cried. I read it over and over and then wrote back saying that, although she thought I was a blessing to her life, she was also a blessing in mine.

The gratitude I felt through her handwritten words spoke to my heart.

I carried them close until about a year later when she passed away. I mourned her passing but rejoiced in knowing that I brought her great comfort in that past year.

CFCA then found me Amelia, and although from a different continent and telling a different tale, I was written into her story. Read more

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

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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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!

Aug 9 2011

CFCA sponsor donates $8,000 for 8,000-mile walk

Richard Ryder, a longtime CFCA sponsor, sent us this beautiful letter and an $8,000 donation ñ $1 for every mile of Walk2gether, which CFCA President Bob Hentzen finished on June 6. Richard graciously gave us permission to share his letter with you, our CFCA community.

Richard Ryder, CFCA sponsor, with Jesus, Kimberline and the children's mother in Costa Rica

From left are Jesus; Richard Ryder; Kimberline, Jesus’ sister; and the children’s mother. Richard sponsors both Jesus and Kimberline, and this picture was taken on his mission awareness trip to Costa Rica.

I meant to send this check when Bob finished his 8,000-mile “miracle” walk, but time got away from me.

I first met Bob on my mission awareness trip to Costa Rica in November 2009 to visit my sponsored “young man,” Jesus.

Bob was instrumental in helping me add Jesus’ sister, Kimberline, to my sponsorship, and I’m forever grateful.

When traveling with Bob on our mission trip, I realized I was in the presence of a modern-day St. Francis, only his name was Roberto.

It was then that I told Bob I wanted to sponsor his walk for $1 per mile. I have kept Bob, Cristina and family in my daily prayers.

Please pass on my prayers and thoughts to Bob.

God bless Bob and CFCA.

Richard Ryder

P.S. Bob can decide where this check can support.

Jul 23 2011

Chilean mothers reflect on Walk2gether finale

Walk2gether, the nearly 8,000-mile journey undertaken by CFCA President Bob Hentzen, is over, but the spirit of the walk lives on. Recently the mothers in Chile who organized the finale and decorated Pratt Stadium gathered to reflect on the walk’s culmination. CFCA-Chile staff member Carolina Salazar Herrera sent us this report from Valparaiso.

Bob Hentzen and Walk2gether finale in Chile

Bob Hentzen and thousands of CFCA sponsored members and their families celebrate the end of Walk2gether in Valparaiso, Chile, on June 6, 2011.

The pilgrimage, an act of Christian love to those most in need, represented the unity between the different projects of Latin America.

Don Roberto (Bob) once more demonstrated with this walk that he loves the poor and is an example of hope, of a life of prayer, sacrifice and faith.

The Valparaiso project had an activity in honor of the mothers who supported us on the walk.

They helped us organize and decorate the place where Bob finished this immense work of love, passing on a message of hope, love and dignity to those most in need.

Many mothers offered their impressions on the celebrations:

1) Olga: “I can’t tell you how much seeing Don Roberto affected me. It gave me [a lump] in my chest and made me cry. Every day when I pray, I remember him and I ask God to give him vitality and health so he can continue this beautiful movement with everyone who helps him.”

2) Marcia: “When I saw Don Roberto arriving, I was grateful and content. I never thought I would see this. I told him that thanks to him, his family and the foundation, my children can continue their studies. I have so much to tell him, but at that moment, the words did not come.”

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Jul 1 2011

Guatemala welcomes Bob and Cristina Hentzen home

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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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Jun 21 2011

Twitter chat with CFCA President Bob Hentzen (#cfcachat)

Yesterday we conducted a Twitter chat with CFCA President Bob Hentzen. Here’s the coverage (from beginning to end):


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