Walking in Hope, Camino de Santiago

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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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn 
Clifton Park, NY

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