Ministry of the week: CROP Hunger Walk

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By Ann Hackett

Part I

Help stop hunger by participating in CROP walk.

I can walk. And I can talk.

That’s all that needs to be done for the CROP Hunger Walk. These two simple actions alone on my part seem to make little difference in alleviating world hunger or hunger in northern Michigan. But these two actions multiplied by hundreds of others does effect relief.

I’m participating in my 9th CROP Hunger Walk here in Traverse City. The event, sponsored by Church World Service, is a time when friends and neighbors from area churches, businesses or organizations come together by gathering pledges of support for those who walk throughout the world every day. Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting. A portion of the proceeds goes to area food pantries like ours. In the past 10 years Grace CROP walkers (and rockers!) have earned more than $6000 for our food pantry.

I walk because they walk. People all over the world walk great distances for water, food and medicine. I’m fortunate; I don’t have to. But I walk to support them.

Last year a Grace group walked and talked its way through town on a beautiful fall day. But we go rain or shine in solidarity for those who do the same around the world every day because they have to. If you can walk and you can talk, participate with us in one of two ways:

  • Sign up to walk.
  • Sponsor a walker when invited to do so.

Each week at Grace we end our worship by saying in part- And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do to love and serve you….

Join us in this work. WE walk because THEY walk.

What:  Traverse City CROP Hunger Walk
When: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Where: Starts at Traverse City Civic Center
Time:  1:45 pm meet; 2 pm walk begins; rain or shine!
Course length: 4.7 miles through downtown with plenty of rest stops; do as much of it as you wish or are able

Contact: Ann Hackett or 231-947-2330


Part II

Hackett_AnnAfter 10 years, I am relinquishing my role as leader of this ministry here at Grace. I stepped in for John Lewis in 2005 and have been glad to contribute. It’s been simple, rewarding and fun! If you can walk, talk and count, you are qualified! Certainly you don’t have to lead it for 10 years!

Here is the commitment:

  • 3 meetings a year with other church team members to plan
  • Recruit Grace Church walkers in September and distribute materials to each
  • Promote the walk at Grace and its purpose 2-3 times in the fall
  • Collect each walker’s envelope, verify contributions and submit

Co-lead with me this year to “learn the ropes!”  Give me a call.

Historical tidbit: The Rev. Tom Stoll, Rector of Grace Church, was the coordinator of the first CROP Walk in Traverse City in 1981! How can we not continue to have a presence in this ministry?

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