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Walk2gether crosses finish line in Chile

June 6, 2011

Walk2gether, the nearly 8,000-mile solidarity walk led by CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen, 75, concluded its historic journey June 6 in Valparaíso, Chile.

Walk2gether finale
CFCA President Bob Hentzen and Walk2gether in Valparaíso, Chile.

About 3,000 CFCA sponsored friends, their families, staff members and volunteers participated in the celebration that followed.

"Our hearts are full of gratitude and joy for walking side by side into the lives of our dear sponsored friends and their families," said Paco Wertin, CFCA chief executive officer. "We are humbled and in awe of what this means for all of us."

Staff members and volunteers at the CFCA office in Kansas City viewed live video footage through Skype as the walkers passed through Valparaíso. They crossed the finish line around 2:30 p.m. CST.

Skype is an application that provides users with free chat, voice and video services through the Internet.

Even as celebrations began in Valparaíso, the Kansas City office joined with a prayer and walk-related slideshow. Larry Livingston, director of church relations at CFCA, shared a prayer with the group.

"Loving God, today we give you thanks for steps taken, miles traveled, destinations reached and journeys shared," he said.

Livingston also prayed for the walkers' mission to stand in solidarity with those living in poverty around the world.

"We know that the journey, while celebrated, is never truly ended," he said. "As we prepare ourselves for wherever the path might next lead, we ask that you bless each of us with renewed resolve for the loving service of your people."

CFCA Co-founder Nadine Pearce said she had prayed a rosary daily for the walkers at Hentzen's request. She is his older sister and supported him as he took his first steps as a young child.

Hentzen started the walk in Guatemala on Dec. 29, 2009, to show families living in poverty that they are not alone. He also sought to shed light on the challenges the families face and the benefits of child sponsorship.

Hentzen will be featured on a Twitter chat starting at noon CST on June 20. Anyone interested in hearing from him may tweet their questions to @CFCA using the #cfcachat hashtag.

More information will be posted as reports arrive from our staff with the walk in Chile.