Welcome. You're about to hop on the Appalachian Trail and become part of the 2009 thru-hike of Chris Hennig, whose trail name was "Feed Bag." While Feed Bag took in all the personal benefits of spending hours alone in the woods (getting in better shape, crying, pondering the meaning of life), there is a purpose greater than that for which he hiked: to make the world a better place for children. And you can be a part of this journey starting now...and help make a difference!

Start Date: 3/29/09 End Date: 9/5/09

Top 5 lists with 500 to go!

Filed under: Blog Posts — chrishennig @ 9:09 pm August 9, 2009

Okay, after leaving Rutland, VT, I technically have 487.9 miles to go. But who’s counting?


Anyway…before we launch into the Top 5′s, here is an important message from my dear friends Celeste and Nate. They are newlyweds, so I’m going to give them the trail name “Lover Lanes” as their last name is Lane. :)


Psalms 28:3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.”

James 1:27 “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

I have been sponsoring a child since 2006; a young man from Tanzania named Fadhili Shabani Mgunda. Fadhili is a HOPE child which means he is directly affected by AIDS. Nathan and I have not been making a lot of money as newlyweds and have on many occasions evaluated our spending. Whenever we bring up stopping our sponsorship of Fadhili we immediately disregard the thought. God has commanded us to give our time and money to help the needy and oppressed, the orphans and widows. We feel so strongly that as Christians we have an obligation to give to those who are hurting.

Chris is giving up his time and money to hike and is asking us to pray for him on the trail and to consider sponsoring a child. Nathan and I challenge you to consider taking only a few dollars of your budget to change the fabric of a culture. It’s amazing to see and hear about how Fadhili is growing. I keep all the letters I get from him. The children have no control over their surroundings, but we have the ability to control whether or not they have food to eat and the opportunity to learn. Please don’t use the excuse that you don’t have enough money. If Nathan and I can make it work on our little-to-nothing salary, then you can too! Do your part to change a life and help Chris reach his goal of 2,200 children being sponsored during his hike.

Nathan and Celeste Lane


Top 5 Trail Names
5. Snarky Snarkelson
4. Daddy Longlegs
3. Wrath (don’t ask…)
2. The Bills (father and son, both Bill)
1. Feed Bag…nice!

Top 5 Trail Towns Thus Far

5. NYC (it counts, got there from the trail)
4. Waynesboro, VA (Starbucks…what?)
3. Falls Village, CT (only because of the trail magic)
2. Palmerton, PA (super friendly people!)
1. Rutland, VT (just because it’s the first city in VT I’ve ever hung out in)

Top 5 Places I’ve Played Piano In While Hiking
5. Rutland, VT (piano is a bit out of tune, though)
4. Mohican Outdoor Center
3. Snuck into the Baptist church in Damascus, VA
2. Church hostel in Waynesboro, VA
1. Coffee Shop in Hot Springs, NC

Top 5 Favorite Foods on the Trail
5. Strawberry Fiber Poptarts
4. Cookies and Creme Poptarts
3. Anything Lipton
2. Ramen (sans packet) + Baby Red potatos + Tuna + Curry powder
1. Snickers…mmm…..

Top 5 Albums Listened to While Hiking as of Late
5. In Rainbows – Radiohead
4. Heartsong Live – Cedarville University’s Heartsong
3. Bela Fleck – Throw Down Your Heart
2. Turn Around – Jonny Lang
1. Life Light Up – Christy Nockles

Your turn!


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