Most Pastors work hard at motivating their people to put their faith into action. That’s why many clergy like the CROP Hunger Walk.
The CROP Walk gets people off their chairs and actively involved. One of the CROP aphorisms is, “We walk, because they walk.” In other words, many people in third world countries have to walk miles in order to get drinking water. By walking in the CROP Walk, not only is money raised to help drill wells and provide filtration systems, but it helps the walkers identify with the people they are serving. Simply writing a check doesn’t do this.
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It’s much easier to motivate parishioners to participate when they learn that one quarter of the money raised will remain in their area. In our case, thousands of dollars last year went to West Suburban PADS and several local food pantries.
While a pastor might not completely agree with the theologies of colleagues down the street, most clergy earnestly want to model love of neighbor, which of course includes people of other faith traditions. Last year we had Muslims, Jews, agnostics and many varieties of Christians all walking together in a common cause.
Pastor Tom Holmes