People turn out in Plattsburgh to walk for faith, and for a good cause

Walkers prepare to start the sixth annual Walk of Faith in Peru.

Walkers prepare to start the sixth annual Walk of Faith in Peru. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

Peru Community Church partnered with the Ridgemount United Church in Mandeville, Jamaica for the project. The trip occurs each January and also includes provides children with supplies and clothing.

“Each year, they identify a family and their needs and we help them and build them a modest house,” Lake said. “For us it is kind of like a shed, but for them it is a home.”

Volunteers for both efforts must raise money for the trip as well as to cover the costs of assisting the individuals in need.

“This walk is a wonderful sharing of resources for a valuable cause,” said Harriet Burrell, organizer for The Jamaica Project.

The Walk of Faith started in 2007 as a way to remember how the older generation once walked to church.

Besides the walk, the event included music and food.

“It is important to come together as a faith community,” Covel-Reyell said. “We both have common interests in supporting the community and serving God.”

She told those present that everyone is on a different faith journey, never knowing where “our faith will bring us.”

In busy and chaotic lives, she said, it is easy to forget faith.

“We often wonder how we will be at peace with ourselves,” Covel-Reyell said. “Today let us try to separate ourselves from this anxiety and trust in God…”

To learn more about the Jamaica Project call: (518)643-8641.

To learn more about the Mission of Hope call: (518)561-2599.

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