“Is it everything you thought it would be?” This is a question I have gotten multiple times since starting the walk, even though we have only been out for a couple of weeks. I have yet to know how to answer it as I did not entirely know what to expect- all I knew was that we were walking across the country and that we would be living out of an RV. While new surprises and challenges come with every given day, one thing that has not seized to amaze me is the generosity and support of the people we have encountered. While not all of our encounters with others have been positive, we have met so many wonderful, supportive people along our journey. I knew that God takes care of His missionaries, I just didn’t realize how much He would take care of us and how He would send us encouragement when we need it most. Whether it be a honk and wave while walking, encouraging words after mass, or coming together to pray as a team, there is always a positive push coming our way when we need it most. One wouldn’t think that a thumbs up would mean much, but sometimes it’s just what you need to keep going the last couple miles. It’s these little positive things that can be just enough to change my attitude.
One example of this that comes to mind would be from today when we were praying outside of a women’s clinic in Reno with a few dozen other people. The support of those we prayed with was overwhelming. Just thinking of their generosity and the generosity of everyone else we have met brought me close to tears today. It was a great reminder of how we are not alone in our walk. While we might be the ones making the journey across the country, it’s not just 11 of us on this trek. We have the entire army of angels and saints as well as the support of many others that we have been blessed to cross paths with (and others that we have yet to encounter!). While being a part of something that is so much bigger than myself can be overwhelming, God revealing His love and grace in this journey through those we encounter helps me to continue to walk on. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to walk and know that we are praying for you as well.
Central Walk ’11