Hiking for Hope
"I truly feel that God places people and organizations on our paths in life to fulfill His work. Last year while thru hiking the Appalachian Trail God placed the Friends of Barnabas Foundation on my path. Their hiker was raising money and awareness for this wonderful organization which provides medical care and mission work for the children in rural mountain communities of Honduras. Since I was already hiking to raise money and awareness for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in our community I felt compelled to pick up their cause after their hiker blew out his knee. I felt it would be a wonderful opportunity to blend both fundraising efforts together titled “Hiking For Hope.” After completing my 2,200 mile journey from Georgia to Maine this organization invited me to join one of their teams in Honduras in January.
My life was truly touched and inspired by the work they perform for the poverty stricken children. After much discussion with the director of the program in Honduras it was obvious that they desperately needed a van to transport children and their family to medical facilities in the city for more serious conditions that included procedures such as heart surgeries, cleft palate surgeries and other major procedures only performed in hospitals. These trips might involve as much as a four or five hour trip by vehicle from the more remote regions of Honduras.
This past Spring I began a fundraising effort to raise enough money to provide a van for this organization and their wonderful work in Honduras. The total amount needed to purchase the van is $32,000 which will cover all fees associated with the purchase. Since then, we have had many hikers join the effort and a very generous contribution from the South Richmond Rotary Club helping towards this goal to date, we now need less than $8,500 to purchase this much needed vehicle.
I have prayed for a plan to raise the remainder of the money needed. I have become acquainted with a wonderful group from the Tennessee/North Carolina area who belong to the “900 Mile Club.” They have hiked all 900 miles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some have hiked it two, three and even four times now. One of my heroes, Sharon Spezia, has hiked it seven and a half times. I thought to myself what a wonderful opportunity to hike the remainder trails that I have never hiked in the national park to complete all 900 miles and at the same time raise money for this wonderful organization. I have already begun my journey of another adventure and will be posting photos and a journal about my days on the trail. Please consider helping me to help some of the poorest children in the world in the mountain regions of Honduras!"
Steve Claxton “Mustard Seed”