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Wandering Through the Desert for Life…

June 6, 2011

Hello to you all!

The first weekend in LA was marvelous.  As relaxing as it was to bum around with the other walkers and get to know each other, we were all anxious to walk as soon as possible. One of the Knights of Columbus at the parish that we were staying at, Nick, took us out to his little Malibu get away home for the day. The neighborhood had access to a really nice little private beach where we got to mess around and hang together. The water was freezing!!  A couple of the other walkers and I were tempted to go in the water, but I figured that the surfers were wearing wet suits for a reason.

The 100 mile stretch!

Once we got into eastern California and now Arizona, it became very, very dry, and hot hot hot!! The scenery is very interesting too. While going through towns like Palm Springs and Twentynine Palms, you’re surrounded by rocky mountain landscaping and… lots of palm trees. It’s strange, but it makes for an interesting picture. I personally loved when we walked down hwy 62. There was a sign that read “NEXT SERVICES 100 MILES.” Kind of scary, but to me it meant few cars and extremely beautiful starry nights!!  Night shift was the best – we only had weather in the 60’s while day shift was in the 90’s. They were probably saving more babies though.

Jessica and Amy are excited to be on Crossroads again -- and on the same walk!

Nothing TOO interesting has been happened thus far, but I thought this little story might be neat to share.  While in LA, a few of us went to a Whole Foods to pass time one night.  You never know what you’re going to see, ya know?  Jordan and I were walking through the meat section when we were stopped by a lady because of our shirts (yay for pro-life advertising).  She said she was Pro-Life, but she was shocked that we were running around in Whole Foods in such a liberal area like LA.  After further conversation about Crossroads and how/why we do what we do, she revealed herself and said that her name was Caron Strong, who was once the President of Operation Outcry – a post abortion outreach group.  She was a former actress but after she became a strong Pro-Life activist, she lost her job and reputation in Hollywood because of it.  She was deeply touched that there was such a thing like Crossroads and began to tell us a little about her past life, the horror abortion brought to it, and how she was able to break through the depression and come back to Christ.  It was a touching story – one that I’ll never forget.

That’s all for now!  Peace in Christ,

Jessica Berman
South Walk 2011


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Host Family for Northern Walkers in Philly permalink
    June 6, 2011 2:00 pm

    YAY! OK you brought a tear to my eye…In a good way! Keep blogging and know you are all in our daily prayers!

  2. Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI permalink
    June 6, 2011 2:22 pm

    Jessica….Greetings from NW Minnesota where it is sunny and 94 degrees above zero!!!!! Thanks for posting your reflection as you and the other Crossroads Walkers of the Southern Walk make your away across the country to Washington, DC. As a 2009 Alumni of the Southern Walk, I enjoyed what you wrote to all of us. It brought back wonderful and life-changing memories in my own life and ministry as a Missionary Priest. You and the other walkers are making a big difference as a Witnesses for Life, even when you walked from Twentynine Palms, CA in the desert with no services for the next 100 miles (I will never forget that sign!). Remember to be faithful to prayer and then allow the Jesus and the Holy Spirit to make your Life-affirming presence seen by the people they place in your journey’s path each and every day of the walk. You are all in my prayers as I pray a daily rosary for the Crossroad Walks this summer. I hope you will be able to continue to update all of us about what is happening. That is a great encouragement for all of us who would love to be walking with you. Have a great day…God Bless you all.

  3. Vanda S. Lattie permalink
    June 17, 2011 8:11 pm

    Greeting Southern Walkers from NOLA.. Keeping you all in my prayers and can’t wait for you to visit us in New Orleans in July. I think about all the walkers daily but mostly you guys cause I know how hot it is out there right now. Mr. Pat and I can’t wait to meet all you amazing people….keep me posted on your walk and God bless you all.

    Miss Vanda (Lattie)

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