On Sunday, October 14, FUMC will join with many other churches in the community participating in the C-U Area CROP Walk. “We walk because they walk.” Who are the “they” in our CROP Walk motto? They are the 795 million people who go to bed hungry every night. They are people just like you, but because of poverty they must walk to accomplish the most basic tasks:
They walk for food.
They walk for water.
They walk for firewood.
They walk to escape violence.
They walk for shelter.
They walk to farm their fields.
They walk to find employment.
They walk to go to school.
A CROP Hunger Walk is fun and good exercise but you also walk with the world to be in solidarity for their existence. “We walk because they walk.” The CROP Walk is six miles with a shorter walk of three miles.
The funds raised by the walk go to Church World Service to provide development assistance and relief from hunger. It helps refugees and offers assistance in disasters. 25% of the funds stay in our community to be shared by the Wesley Evening Food Pantry, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, and Solgra-Tias Farm.
This year we will sign up to walk and donate to sponsor a walker online at:
http://cu-cropwalk.org. Just click on the link ‘Sign-up or Donate to Champaign/Urbana CROP Walk’. Then click on the ‘Donate’ button and either the ‘Donate to a Walker’ or ‘Donate to a team’ button. The name of our team is First United Methodist Church. If you want to register to walk, click on Register. Any checks are made payable to CWS/CROP.