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Northern Walk: Blog 1

June 19, 2016

The Northern Team, along with all of the other CrossRoads walks have just finished our fourth week of walking, and are ready to relax over the weekend in our varied host cities. For the NorWal (northern walk), that means spending the weekend in the breathtaking Black Hills, South Dakota. Over the past 4 weeks, we Northern Walkers have waltzed our way through 4 states: Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and now South Dakota.

As today, June 19, 2016, marks our 33rd day since embarking on the crazy, thrilling, beautiful, hectic journey that is CrossRoads, it is only fitting to recap how the last month has treated us. If anything, this past month has reminded me in such an obvious way that being ProLife is so beautifully defined as being ProLiving in every aspect of our lives. For CrossRoads walkers, that means constantly putting other before ourselves, accepting the fact that personal space is a nonexistent concept, treating everyone (even those who oppose our beliefs) with the utmost dignity and respect, preparing dinner for our team, washing dishes, cleaning up a mess that may not be mine, waking up at 4:30 AM with joy, putting someone else’s bagel in the toaster, making coffee for everyone in the morning, grabbing a friend an energy bar, sweeping the RV floor, folding someone’s laundry, a “good morning” at the crack of dawn, and constantly relaying the same message to strangers: “yes, we really are walking across the US”. As lengthy as this list may seem, I wouldn’t want to spend my summer any other way. To be ProLife is to be ProLiving, and that is so beautiful. Just in the past month the Northern Team has run into countless strangers who have felt the call to share their stories with us. While praying outside of a Planned Parenthood in Billings, Montana, an elderly woman named Anisa pulled over to pray with us, and even gave each of us precious feet necklaces. At the same abortion mill, a woman and her daughter stopped to share their testimony with us. From sharing touching and emotional experiences with each other and strangers, to visiting historic sites with people we had just met hours prior, the Northern Walk has definitely had our fair share of once in a lifetime experiences; and I can’t wait for the many more to come. Here’s to the NorWal, croshin’ it, great company, and to the Good Lord for watching out for us.

  • Gracie- Northern Walk 2016
6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sherry permalink
    June 19, 2016 6:32 pm

    What a blessing to hear some of the triumphs of this dedicated team. God is so good! We will continue to pray for your health, endurance and safety, as you persevere in this anointed journey. Thank you for answering His call to sensitively share the pro-life, pro-family message, along with God’s redeeming love. “I was placed in your care from birth. From my mother’s womb you have been my God.” Psalm 22:10 (GW)

  2. Caroline Oltjenbruns permalink
    June 20, 2016 3:39 pm

    I want to thank you and all your fellow walkers for what you are doing. Being 13 at Roe vs Wade life changed dramatically for the worse. Not only did the legalizing of abortion start a genocide, it contributed to acceptance of disrespect on so many levels. It is young people with hearts full of passion, love, and faith that will bring healing to our country and a return to our Catholic heritage. My prayers go with you. Thanks you again from the bottom of my heart. Caroline – a supporter from Nebraska

  3. Brian Miller permalink
    June 20, 2016 11:57 pm

    God bless you all, your commitment, love of God, and life inspires. #gothedistance

  4. Brian Miller permalink
    June 24, 2016 7:57 pm

    Proud of you all! Enjoy the glory and majesty the Lord provides everyday in your journey

  5. Sandy Held permalink
    June 30, 2016 4:56 pm

    It was so nice to meet and be uplifted by your group in Lake Crystal today. I remember you because I have a granddaughter that is 14 today! Blessings to you!

  6. Laura Lee permalink
    August 10, 2016 4:28 pm

    God bless all of you! Although I didn’t get a chance to meet any of you this year, I feel happy and proud to know that there are young people like you who are willing to fight for and protect the rights of those who are unable to do so. my prayers and God’s love is always with you.

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