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A Word from Woody. . .
"Let's Walk the Talk - On the Hunger Walk."
Church World Service (CWS) has contacted us and a number of other
local churches for an important event—the first CROP Hunger Walk in
the Greater New Orleans area. After some consideration, I felt like
this would be a meaningful event for us.
Let me explain what is a CROP Hunger Walk. The acronym CROP stands
for Christian Rural Overseas Program. CWS holds these Walks
throughout the United States. These Walks are, in a sense, an
opportunity to empathize with those in developing world nations who
have to walk as many as six miles a day to get clean drinking water.
The Walks are also a way to raise awareness of the needs in the
world and to raise funds to support the ministry of CWS (which I’ll
discuss in a minute). There are eight other churches which are,
along with us, sponsoring this walk: Central St. Matthew’s United
Church of Christ, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian, Grace
Lutheran Church, Lakeview Presbyterian, Parker Memorial UMC, St.
Charles Baptist, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. But everyone in
the Greater New Orleans area is invited! The Walk will be held on
Saturday, September 27th at 9:00 AM on Lakeshore Drive, beginning at
Shelter #1 (not far from Landry’s Seafood restaurant). We have the
choice of walking either a mile or three miles.
So, why should we
walk the Walk? First, it shows we walk the talk of the Christian
faith locally. Jesus said, “In everything do to others as you would
have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew
7:12). 25% of all donations collected from this Walk go toward a
local mission—the Desmond Project, which prepares food at First
Grace UMC to be served at New Orleans Mission. The New Orleans
Mission is a Christian organization which provides food, shelter,
discipleship, and exposure to the gospel to the homeless.
Second, it shows we walk the talk of the Christian faith
internationally. On their web site, it says, “CROP Hunger Walks help
to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people
to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and
water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the
key is people working together to identify their own development
priorities, their strengths and their needs – something CWS has
learned through some 67 years of working in partnership around the
And third, doing the Walk shows we walk the talk of the
Christian faith inter-personally. There are probably many among our
acquaintances who are searching for truth and meaning in life
outside of Christianity, and this would be a great event to invite
them! Not only would this event deepen relationships with them, but
also expose them to the beauty of Christianity lived out—doing
something selfless for others who cannot repay us, all in the name
There are many ways to participate in this Walk even if
you cannot walk on Saturday, September 27th. Prayer for this event
is very important, especially since this is the first Walk we’ve
done. There is the hope this will be an annual event. We can sponsor
someone walking. We can make a donation at church (checks should be
made to “GNO CROP Hunger Walk”) or online at cropwalk.org. We can
bring non-perishable goods to the Walk, and Second Harvesters will
collect and distribute them. And we can participate by purchasing a
t-shirt for the Walk—they’re $10 and guaranteed to enhance our looks!
Yours in Christ,