Pilgrimage for Prayer Around the World

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you for connection, to share with one another a vision for seeing our world transformed by freedom, love, peace, joy, understanding and generosity.

I have a mission to go into all the world to share the Good News that we have been set free through Jesus Christ!

I recently completed walking the Oregon Coast for over 3 months and over 900 miles. This led to the founding of Prayer Pilgrim which is now a network to connect people with one another and to God through encouraging people to walk where they live in prayer and service to others.

As I began to feel the pilgrimage for prayer on the Oregon Coast drawing to a close in July, God began to awaken a dream and vision that I am called to fulfill. I am writing to you today to announce that I am now preparing to walk throughout the earth with a mission to see lives transformed by the Great Love of God and freedom we have to experience that Love in Christ.

I have set a goal of raising $5000 by October 8, 2015 (my 30th birthday) which I will use to get a passport, airfare to begin traveling throughout the world and to initiate this mission which I am devoted to fulfilling with my life.

I have made a commitment to continuously explore all the world sharing the gospel with all humanity that we might all be set free, experience the Love of God and see the fruits of the spirit spread throughout the world.

If this vision is one that you share and would like to enable, I need your support! Will you pledge to support my life and mission monthly or give a one-time gift?

Please go to our GoFundMe Campaign at www.gofundme.com/exploretoserve to send your contribution or go to https://exploretoserve.wordpress.com/give/ to pledge your monthly support.

I would be honored to serve you in anyway that I am able. Please let me know anything I may pray with you for or anyway that I may use what I have to benefit you.

Do you have any questions? What is your vision for your life?

Thank you for who you are and for your connection.

Blessings in Christ,
Dylan (D. B.) Raines | Raines Initiatives
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Here are some other ways you can join and support the ministry God has placed upon my heart:

Go to prayerpilgrim.org/pledge and “Take The Pledge” that you will walk where you live in prayer. You can walk daily, weekly or whenever you feel led to go for a prayer walk. The purpose of The Pledge is simply to remind us of the importance of prayer in our lives and to connect us through discussing what God is doing in our lives.

Stay in contact. I crave connection and find so much encouragement from messages and staying in communication with people as I continue to walk in prayer and minister with those I meet along the path.

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EXCITING NEWS! Prayer Pilgrim is Moving to PrayerPilgrim.org!

Hello everyone!

I am incredibly blessed and honored to announce that because of your support we have now launched a website for Prayer Pilgrim at www.prayerpilgrim.org!

Two months ago I departed on this pilgrimage for prayer of the Oregon Coast and I couldn’t have imagined where and how the vision to simply walk hundreds of miles in prayer and service to others would lead.

This is a big step in the development of the vision for Prayer Pilgrim, as it becomes less my own personal pilgrimage and more of a network to connect us all in prayer.

Although I am continuing my own pilgrimage of the Oregon Coast (and eventually globally, I hope), prayerpilgrim.org is a powerful tool where you can each create a free account to connect with others around the world who are committed to prayer. You are welcome to join as a “Local Pilgrim,” “Traveling Pilgrim,” “Supporter,” “Church,” or “Ministry.”

I invite you to take a look at the new prayerpilgrim.org, create your profile, post your prayers, thoughts and where you are walking in prayer.

Click here to join and create you Prayer Pilgrim account.

And please feel free to email me (db@prayerpilgrim.org) any feedback, suggestions or issues you run into on the site.

“Pray without ceasing…”

– DB

The Continuing Pilgrimage for Prayer

Yesterday marked 6 weeks of walking the Oregon coast for prayer.

I arrived back in Newport, the place where this whole journey started on April 26. I had planned on staying in Lincoln City through the weekend, but on Saturday afternoon I heard God say to go to Newport and that there would be someone here I needed to meet.

I started Saturday with the mindset of having a peaceful day, but as soon as I started heading towards Newport, following what I believed the voice of the Lord was saying, I also heard Him say “I’m sending you into battle with the weapon of peace.”

On the way my heart began to sink. It was as though I saw people with a greater and deeper clarity which seems to happen in such a beautifully surreal and concerning way. I saw people digging in trash cans for what crumbs they might survive off of. I attempted to talk with people with mental illness, spouting curse words every 3 seconds uncontrollably. I met and talked with people in prostitution, dealing hard drugs, and it was as though this “battle” that is always there became illuminated all around me. And my weapon was peace.

I eventually made it to Newport and found who it was I needed to meet here. I met a couple in their late 30s who were at the campgrounds celebrating their 11th year anniversary, with their dog as well. They had incredibly kind and generous hearts, always using and offering what they had to help others. However, they’ve fallen on some difficult circumstances. The wife has many health issues from a compressed spine to deafness and other issues, but she remains very positive. The husband has been clean from a meth addiction since 2001, but still enjoys liquor which causes tension between he and his wife (a recovering alcoholic).

We got to talking about God and Jesus and the Bible and faith, and it was great to hear their hearts. The wife is a member if the LDS, the husband is unaffiliated but believes in God and Christ.

The husband invited me to go to church with him in the morning and so I walked with then and attended the service.

I am praying for healing for the wife, deeper connection in their marriage, and a greater revelation of who God is and who they are as his children set free. I have one more night that I will be at the campgrounds tonight, and look forward to seeing what the Holy Spirit does.

Thank you all for your support and empowering thus pilgrimage with your encouraging words and prayer,

Dylan

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Live Reborn

Welcome to earth, child.

Is it everything you ever dreamed and imagined?

Did you imagine it to be anything at all?

We taught you how to judge, so how do you judge us, oh humanity?

Are you a victim of the good and bad? Do you see your light in the darkness?

We bought your ticket and shoved you through the tunnel. Do you see light at the end? Or are your eyes on the walls which constrain and contain you?

The light seeps through to where you are now, inviting you to pass through from a place invisible to visible.

And so you have this choice, dear child:

Live as one born, as one taught basing judgments upon sight and memory.

Or, live reborn.

The Search for Truth

Are you looking for truth?

Is there something you feel deeply to be truth that you have yet to realize?

Truth, I believe, is something that is within us. In the same way “the kingdom of heaven is within you.”

You don’t have to go looking for it anywhere. In fact, if you start searching for truth, as many claim to be a “truth-seeker,” we may also say that as soon as we attempt to seek truth, we are actually moving farther away from truth.

The truth of heaven within us is not discovered through our own effort. It is and has always been there. It is a truth from which all of God’s goodness spills out from within us.

Truth is simply who you are as seen by the One who gifted us with life.

Just some thoughts for today after walking about 5 miles this morning 🙂

What Does Prayer Mean To You?

Prayer is a word that is used in a wide variety of ways. When I meet someone and I say that I am doing a pilgrimage for prayer, I am always curious to see how people I meet respond to my usage of the word “prayer.” Which usually gets-the-ball-rolling on a grand and deep discussion about life and Truth.

So, I wanted to open this post up for those who are reading and following the pilgrimage to share your thoughts and insights as to what “prayer” is.

Please share your response to the question “What does prayer mean to you?” in the comment section below.

I look forward to our discussion!

Prayer Pilgrim Interviewed on Jay’s Odyssey

Yesterday I had the honor of being interviewed by Jay of Jay’s Odyssey Adventure Travel.

In this interview we discussed many questions from “What is true religion?”, “What is a pilgrim”, “Do I have any fears?” and much more.

I also was able to share quite a bit of information about my pilgrimage of the Oregon Coast (starting tomorrow!) and my extended vision for pilgrimage around the world.

Click the player to listen the audio of the interview:

Or listen at Jay’s Odyssey.

The Goal of the Oregon Coast Prayer Pilgrimage

I will be spending this summer walking up and down the Oregon Coast, from Brookings to Astoria, on a Pilgrimage for Prayer.

The goal, and I use the word “goal” not in the sense of an ultimate destination, but as a vision to establish something with purpose as a fruit of the mission and calling of the pilgrimage.

I believe God has given me the vision to establish a place, a “Center for Prayer and Contemplation” somewhere along the Oregon Coast. As I walk, I will be in prayer and looking for the place that this vision will be realized.

A Center for Prayer and Contemplation will be a place this is open 24 hours to all members of the public to find a quiet place to practice prayer.There is much more that I envision this place to be:

  • A place for community events and gatherings, strengthening relationships.
  • A place for retreats and public talks.
  • A place for those in need to find shelter, a place to sleep, food and other necessities.
  • A base for sending out others who feel called to be a “Prayer Pilgrim.”

If this is a vision you would like to work together to see happen, please send a message to me and let’s begin a discussion of how we can work together for prayer.

A Poem: “Momentary Road”

This life leads me to a place of momentous bliss blended moments of a time gone by and by

every hope i spend comes back again in a form of warmth

clothing our surroundings with afterglowing hearts alternating thoughts inescapable love

we pass through from old to new and what lies in between are all that is unseen

the real the true the used to’s and had to’s as if you are all i ever knew

breaking forth and heading north for cooler temps and clouds and tents to find a land still living in the present tense

i’m on this momentary road of a sort that brings me to each new journey face and growing obstacle

diving headfirst into a wind that where it goes nobody knows we sink our toes into the sand until we find whole bodies buried beneath

unearth dry bones brought back to life join with us on this path to love

i hold my hands open now wait for what unfolds from this story we told of so long ago

i cannot see where we came or what will be only this road set beneath my feet taking me into new spaces meeting new faces bringing love to your place

The Fall of Man

Many religions and cultures throughout history have stories of a “fall of man,” a moment in time when humanity lost the innocence of a child to seek out knowledge and power for their own self-centered desire.

The quest to be free from this “fall’ may well be said to be at the heart of mankind’s spiritual journey.

Many claim to offer a path to freedom; however, as long as one believes themselves to be on a path toward something, they remain under the illusion that what they want is not something they already have; resulting in a life that is never fulfilled.

The Truth is that we have been set free. We are free. You are free. The Truth is we have everything we need in God to live absolutely fulfilled and with unconditional grace.

The fall of man is an unnecessary excuse for emboldening the lie that we are not found and made whole in God who is Love. Let’s be love, unconditionally.