Staff shows support for 8,000-mile solidarity walk
November 25, 2010
CFCA staff members accompany Bob Hentzen (center) on a
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The CFCA-Kansas staff on Nov. 25 gave President Bob Hentzen an official send-off for his 8,000-mile walk, which he will begin next month, in the form of a 1 ½ -mile solidarity walk near the organization’s headquarters.
More than 60 CFCA employees accompanied Hentzen, his wife, Cristina, and son Robert Jacob in a walk along Southwest Boulevard. Eight other employees walked up to a mile inside the headquarters building.
The walkers carried flags from countries where CFCA works and a banner with the name of the marathon walk—Walk2gether. Hentzen will walk through 12 countries from Guatemala to Chile beginning Dec. 29.
Before the solidarity walk, CEO Paco Wertin and International Programs Director Paul Pearce presented Hentzen with prayers and words of encouragement written by the staff on paper footprints. They also gave him the wooden walking stick he used on a 4,000-mile walk in 1996 from Kansas City to Guatemala. The walking stick has been on display in the CFCA headquarters.
Before the walk began, Hentzen spoke to the Kansas City staff and explained that he will walk to offset the isolation that people living in poverty may feel.
“Don’t take it as a publicity stunt,” Hentzen said. “It’s a reflection of all the beautiful initiatives you are behind, and I am privileged to feel them daily.”
Also before the solidarity walk began, Larry Livingston, director of church relations for CFCA, led the staff in a blessing prayer for the well-being of Hentzen and those accompanying him.
The staff also sang a song written by Hentzen entitled, “Why Do I Walk?” The song features several people in poverty and the walks they must make in order to obtain daily necessities. Part of the lyrics say, “I want to be a pilgrim all along life’s way, walking with the powerless and listening to what they say … to connect with all God’s people is my hope for every step.”
Following the solidarity walk, Hentzen said it had helped prepare him for his 8,000-mile walk.
“I feel very good, very energized by the solidarity of my colleagues,” he said.