Walking in Hope, Camino de Santiago

$4,483 of $3,600 goal

Raised by 69 people in 43 months
Greetings, I am Fran Rossi Szpylczyn and I humbly seek your help today. In 1991 or 92, I first learned about the Camino de Santiago, and dreamed of going.  My dream seemed to get lost along the way. It got found! Here I am in 2015, planning a September 2016 pilgrimage. My camino dream means not only walking "The Way," but also documenting my experiences in a book for others who "lose" their dream so that they may be encouraged to "find" it again.  Thus - "walking in hope."

This is very much a trip launched from a base of faith. My dream was rediscovered in talking to a friend, with whom I will journey. Her words to upon hearing my many worries and objections were, "Pray, plan, relax. God will take care of the rest."

There are numerous reasons I can't "afford" this trip, but there are far more reasons that I can't "afford" to try to respond to God's call to pilgrimage. It is difficult to write this, but it is always hard to ask for help and to rely on God, and the goodness of people - but to do so is to take my first wobbly steps on the path of the pilgrim.

Why $3200? I am not exactly sure of all my costs to be honest. Right now the planning figures are about $1600 for airfare, $1600 for the trip. This is a place to start. I will be 100% transparent with my costs; expect a breakdown to begin to appear, from transport, to pilgrimage expenses, to supplies. If more money is donated than what I use in the end, I will donate that money.

If you would consider a donation to help fund the journey and my book, I would be immensely grateful. I will also be taking as many prayer requests with me as my heart will hold - meaning as many as you ask for.

God bless you for whatever you can do. No donation is too small - or too large! :-) Thank you for helping me to find "the way." Thank you for helping me to "walk in hope."
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I am home... and yes, it was remarkable. To have the gift of walking, the gift of long periods of silence and prayer, the gift of community on the Camino, to be in the presence of saints past and present, to see nature in all of its glory. There are few words for this. I will write more about the journey on my blog, and hopefully in some other form. My gratitude is not easily expressed in words, but know that you were all with me in my heart. Peace!
I'm not sure why it is sideways- arrival
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Today is the day... how can I possibly thank you all? You are held in my heart and prayers! Thank you! https://breadhere.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/ultreia/
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How can I thank everyone? You are all amazing gifts to me. One year ago, with a tremendous amount of anxiety and trepidation, began this page. You all humbled me beyond belief with your generosity, and I can never thank you enough.

During the past year, I have logged nearly 1700 miles of training - be assured that I prayed for you during each step! There were days that due to injury, I too no steps, there were days when I walked 15 miles or more. Even at rest, you were all in my heart of prayer.

God willing, and thanks to your extraordinary generosity, Sue and I will leave in 52 days. Many challenges remain, so we do beg your prayers. If you want to let me know of any special prayer requests, please send me a message here, or email me. Thank you and God bless you all!
A day of intense climbing training!
1/2 way point of an 18 mile rainy walk!
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Thank you to all who have supported me through donations, prayers, sharing this page and more. I am grateful beyond measure!

It has been awhile since I have posted an update, I don't want to be showing up from here too often. Here is an update, along with my desire to start an email list, that I will manage on my own. Take a look and let me know if you want to be on that email list. I'd like snail mail addresses as well - read on for details. And THANK YOU! https://breadhere.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/about-that-camino/
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Terence Weldon
43 months ago

I resonate with this. My "journey" is not physical (this time), but of a different kind entirely. I launched a similar Go Fund Me account to support me in my efforts to promote LGBT inclusion in church, and have likewise been overwhelmed by the generous response. I also agree, absolutely, that it's not just the money that matters, important as that is, but also the simple message it sends of support, encouragement and affirmation. In acknowledgement of the value, I include my own small contribution,

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Created July 25, 2015
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$100
Anonymous
29 months ago
$25
Denise Gannon
29 months ago

Happy to be part of your journey, Fran. Stay in the moment; Grace will provide everything else. With prayers and in faith, Denise

AH
$25
Amelia Hagen
31 months ago

I don't know why I've missed this until now. This little bit should buy you a meal along the way. Blessings for a safe and prayerful Camino.

PG
$50
Polly, Dave & Josh Garber
41 months ago

Fran we wish you all the best. God Bless.

RR
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Regina & Bill Roper
41 months ago

May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home may good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam.

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41 months ago (Offline Donation)
$100
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41 months ago (Offline Donation)
CB
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Claire & Paul Bangasser
42 months ago

Buen Camino, Fran ♥

$36
Anonymous
42 months ago
Terence Weldon
43 months ago

I resonate with this. My "journey" is not physical (this time), but of a different kind entirely. I launched a similar Go Fund Me account to support me in my efforts to promote LGBT inclusion in church, and have likewise been overwhelmed by the generous response. I also agree, absolutely, that it's not just the money that matters, important as that is, but also the simple message it sends of support, encouragement and affirmation. In acknowledgement of the value, I include my own small contribution,

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