Karen and Mark Trek4Change!


$30,301 raised so far
Fundraising Story

As the world faces coronavirus (COVID-19), Baptist World Aid has launched a global humanitarian appeal to further support our partners in countries of greatest need.

The refugees in Lebanon continue to be some of the world’s most vulnerable and we want to ask you to stand with us as we stand with them. Please consider a donation to this work as we know how powerful it is to be able to stand together and unite to protect the world’s most vulnerable from this devastating threat.

Help us reach our $50,000 target!


Why Camino de Santiago?

People have walked the Camino de Santiago for over 1000 years to demonstrate devotion to their faith, to pay respect to nature, and to embark on a journey of personal growth. It is a journey for the spirit and soul that millions of travellers complete year after year.

The pilgrimage is taken on foot. Dating back to medieval times where walking was, largely, a necessity for poorer pilgrims who could not afford to make the journey by horseback.

We set off from St Jean Pied de Port in France, at the foothills of the Pyrenees, and finished in Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

We completed the 800km journey in just under six weeks – it was huge but so rewarding!


Why support the Middle East Crisis?

We were very keen to walk the Camino with purpose. The simplicity of the Camino is one of the greatest things about it. Away from the daily tasks of life we only needed to consider the distance we walked, the food we ate, the water we drank, and finding a place to sleep each night. Everything we needed was carried on our backs.

After six years of fighting, 6.5 million people have fled their homes and remain displaced in Syria. Another 4.9 million people have left the nation entirely, often with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Throughout the journey, we reflected on the many families in the Middle East that are walking to find food, clean water, shelter, and medical care.

Two pilgrimages. Worlds apart.

We were compelled by the example and words of Jesus Christ to show love, mercy, and compassion to the millions of people in the Middle East who need life-saving assistance. That’s why we decided to take this journey.

Thank you for supporting us in our adventure and helping make a difference for families in desperate need!


How can you help?


Please donate any amount you can and partner with us in this trek to bring change.

  • $50 helps provide 1,000 protective gloves to five health clinics near the Syria-Lebanon border.
  • $360 can give 50 frontline workers quality face masks to protect them from coronavirus.
  • $560 can supply 40 pairs of safety goggles to ensure emergency workers are fully protected.
  • $1,000 can pay a month’s wages for an emergency health worker to keep fighting coronavirus.

Please pray for us as we continue to raise awareness and support those in need.


If you would like to get in touch with Karen and Mark, please email [email protected].

We look forward to sharing stories along the way to keep you updated!

Thanks for partnering with us in this,
Karen and Mark Wilson

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