35th Annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk Sunday October 18, 2015



Monday, November 23, 2015

A Time for Giving Thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving we would like
to share with you the prayer offered at the start
 of our 35th hunger walk by Pastor Dean Brown 
from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Red Bank.
 This prayer is a call to action for us to be grateful
 for all that we have, and to remember those that
don't have the blessings that we enjoy.

"Lord God,
We come before you this day in so many ways.
We come before you remembering those whom it is easy to forget: those who are homeless, isolated, hungry, thirsty; those who walk five miles for a cup of water or spoonful of food.

We also come before you this day choosing not to forget.
We come before you, O God, giving thanks that Your compassionate Spirit has moved...does move...in this world and in these people's lives in so many ways:  through all the schools and faith communities gathered here in spirit and/or body; through the Red Bank CROP walk planning team and its leaders; through the generosity of so many people making it possible to be vessels of grace improving the lives of many both near and far.

Thank you for making them a blessing.
Thank you for renewing our hearts.

And thank you for giving us a new vision...a renewed vision...catching sight of your mission to serve all our neighbors in need. And in this service -in this act of devotion- we thank you for returning us to our true humanity; for discovering blessedness, holiness, purpose which is Your gift and Your life welling up within us and within Your world.

All this we pray in your most Holy name.

Thanks from all of us who work through the year on Crop Walk, because we can't do it without you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CWS Global Executive VP Brings His Heart & Sole to 35th Red Bank Walk

Executive Vice President of Church World Service Global, Maurice Bloem and his family were welcomed at this year's 35th Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk by Janie Schildge our 30 year volunteer walk coordinator. Maurice knows about walking with "heart & sole" to end hunger having recently finished a 100 mile walk himself to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and how CROP Hunger Walks across the country work as the community appeal of CWS to raise funds to support local and global hunger fighting programs. You can learn more about his 100 MIle Hunger Walk on the east coast this year on his blog where he talks about walking through Red Bank in September just before our Kick Off Rally.  He was able to stop by Lunch Break and the Monmouth Day Care Center on his way up the east coast to New York City.

Pictured are Maurice, his wife and son. 
The photos below are a few Maurice shared with us! 
Thank you Maurice for being part of our Red Bank CROP Walk Family for the day at our 35th Hunger Walk!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Interactive Display Simulates A Refugee's Journey at 35th CROP Walk

"A Refugee's Journey"
was created to increase awareness
about the largest humanitarian
crisis of our time since World War II. 

CROP Walk participants were encouraged to follow the yellow rope through stations to learn about why a person becomes a refugee and the difficult life they begin as a result of their decision to flea from their homes in an effort to secure safety and a better life for their families.

Refugees are persons fleeing their homes or countries of origin due to natural disasters and political or religious persecution in search of refuge and resettlement. Every five seconds a person is displaced in the world today. This means that on any given day, thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes. Today the number is around 60,000,000 people around the world.

Once families have decided that they have to leave their homes many decisions have to be made due to the unexpected challenges that arise. (Cross a war zone, extreme weather conditions, ethnic violence, gender inequality and/or religious persecution). 

Once the journey has started, one of the main challenges is to secure water to survive. Even it they have been able to get into a Refugee Camp, water is limited. In a camp, refugees fetch water from a communal water tap. On a daily basis, they have to make this trip an average of six times a day, carrying heavy buckets and having access to showers twice a week.


Once they are in a camp, families receive twice a month food vouchers to be used in the approved market in the camp. The food that regularly is available to buy are beans, rice, ghee and canned goods, because they don't have any refrigeration to keep fresh food from spoiling. Food is carried to the communal kitchen for cooking.


Due to the immediate need of resources, shelter, and medical services created by disaster or conflict, a quick, affordable, and available solution in the form of tents is usually implemented. Simple tent structures, groups together from a "tent city". To learn more about the often extreme and difficult living conditions (crowding, sanitation, weather etc.) in these tent city you can learn more on the CWS Global website.

Church World Service believes that one of the great things we can do is to help those people find a home again, whether that is through resettlement to another country, helping them find legal status where they are or helping them to feel safe in their communities. We see each day the resilience and courage displayed by the refugees and immigrants. These families who have survived war, violence, persecution, torture and often decades living in camps continue to inspire us in our work as we strive to help them realize their own dreams.

Special Thanks to:

Teresa Cintron, CWS Community Engagement Specialist - East Area; for sharing this information with us.

CWS Global Immigration 
and Refugee Program
Mahmoud Mahmoud, Director
26 Journal Square, Suite 600
Jersey City, NJ 07306
PH # 201-659-0468
Email mmahmoud@cwsglobal.org