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What's CROP Walk all about?

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Courtesy of Ron Nitz

The 2014 CROP Walk was a success, bringing people together with a shared goal on a beautiful day.

"...And Jesus said to them, 'What are you discussing with each other while you walk along [to Emmaus]?' " [Luke 24:17]

On Sunday, Sept. 7, about 40 people from various churches in town participated in the annual CROP Walk. The theme or "mantra" for this annual event was "We Walk Because They Walk." What this refers to is that the people the CROP Walk benefits (through the work of Church World Service, an international, inter-church agency) are often people around the world who must walk (sometimes miles every day!) for everything: food, water, health-care, family needs, etc. Even the people who are helped locally through the funds received by our local He Will Provide Food Pantry often must walk to get the food they need to survive and/or make ends meet.

This annual fund-raising effort is critical, not only as part of the larger, national CROP Walk effort (begun many years ago by Mennonite farmers in Indiana), but because a fourth (25 percent) of the income from this effort comes back to help support our local food pantry, so this is a major fund-raiser for He Will Provide each year. (Normally, this has been done on the first Sunday in May, but because of crowded schedules, we decided to try moving it to the first Sunday in September. Hopefully, the support has followed!)

So, on Sunday, we "walked because they walk," in solidarity with the world's neediest people. As we did this, I was reminded of the story of the "Two Disciples of Emmaus" who walked home on that first Easter Sunday evening, unaware that the risen Jesus was walking right beside them. Remembering Jesus' promise that "where two or three are gathered together" we can be sure that Jesus, too, was walking with us as we made our public witness for the sake of those among whom Jesus was born, and to whom he ministered in his earthly life.

If you would still like to participate in this effort, you may go on-line to and look for the Seward, AK, Crop Walk and make a safe and secure on-line contribution there. Thank you!


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