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

Prayer for South Carolina after Church Shooting: WE ARE HUMANITY. WE STAND TOGETHER.

This morning nine people were shot and killed at a church in South Carolina (read the story).

The shooting, conducted by a young white male, being called a “hate crime” against the predominantly African American church, will certainly raise questions of racism in America as the mental illness of racism continues to make the headlines.

It is in times like these that we often look for explanations and for solutions to see that events like these do not happen again. Many will form and express their opinions of who is at fault and what ought to be done.

It is also in times such as these that we can, and I believe will see people coe together beyond all racial and cultural divisions in One spirit of love for one another.

In this time of sadness I believe God has joy and comfort as experienced and expressed through the acknowledgment that we, humanity, are a family.

We are not black, white, or any other distinction which divides us in our perception of identity – WE ARE HUMANITY.

We stand together. We come alive together. With God living in us we mend hurts with joy and comfort.

I pray that we recognize our connection we share in God beyond our circumstances as we come together in love for one another.

Being connected and completely disconnected

Recently while I was spending a few days in Seattle to visit friends, I went by a street corner where people were waiting on the bus.

There was a group of 15 women, of all different ages and ethnicities. Each ad every single one, about 4 or 5 feet apart, had their eyes and fingers glued to their smartphone. I wonder who they were texting, what they were posting or what they were reading?

They were likely communicating with someone out there, be it posting on social media or text messaging. In that way, they were doing something the human race now has the technical capability to do; to be instantaneously connected with others no matter where they are. In that way, they were connecting.

However in another way, they were completely disconnected. I wondered if they engaged at all with the people around them? Did they even realize, mentally, that there were actual human beings standing around them that they might have a great conversation with? I wondered if they could feel the beauty of humanity within each other?

Although being connected to whoever they were using their phone to communicate with, did this connection disable their capacity for seeing the connection they may have with those around them?

Is that the trade-off we have with technology? As I type this right now in this coffee shop, there is a man sitting across from me who is also on his phone typing…

I think I will ask him how his day is going.

Have a grand day everyone, and remember to engage with those around you.

We are humanity. We are not strangers.

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.

4 Weeks, 400 Miles, Ready to Refresh

It has now been 4 weeks and one day since I began the pilgrimage for prayer of the Oregon Coast.

And today I have returned to the place this pilgrimage started: Newport,Oregon.

As I walked the streets of Newport today, memories started flooding of all that has transpired over the past month.

My current plan is to head to Lincoln City for a brief break, before continuing north to walk the 200 miles or so of the northern Oregon Coast.

After a month of walking, there are a few things I could use as I prepare for the next segment of the pilgrimage. If you would like to provide any of these useful items, please visit the GoFundMe page and enter in a comment for what you would like to give. Once I buy the item I will post a picture of it with a thank you so you can see what your gift purchased.

The few things I could use:
New Shoes better for walking/hiking. I left for the pilgrimage with the only shoes I had, which are designed waiting tables. The “no-slip” black kind, not so good for walking although they have gotten me 400 miles so I can’t complain :). I can likely fond some new shoes great for walking for around $40 or less.

New Backpack. The backpack I have has been great but unfortunately it now has a rip in the top of it, which probably won’t do the job of keeping clothes and things dry if/when I will be walking in the rain (so far it has only rained during the day once in the last month, crazy for the Oregon coast!). A backpack is probably $30 – $40.

I will also be restocking up on some miscellaneous supplies; soap, toiletries, etc.

If you are able to and would like to provide any of these items, visit the GoFundMe page or contact me with any questions.

Thanks!
Dylan

Praying from the Heart

“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – Gandhi

Prayer is something that can often become a performance without us even realizing it. Sometimes we think “I should pray more” or “I haven’t prayer enough lately” which reduces prayer to something we can achieve from our own effort – as though prayer is a good work that we do.

I believe, rather, that prayer is a place of our heart being filled by the presence of God. Prayer is not a good work, but it puts in a place of surrendur to Christ enabling the Holy Spirit to do good works through us.

A heart of prayer is one that is completely authentic and genuine, filled by God. There is no performance or catering to what we believe we ought to do, but out of the heart that is in the presence of God our words also are authentic and genuine.

Prayer conducted because we feel like we are supposed to, rather than from a heart that is with God, will be based on a belief that we are supposed to perform a certain action in order to be a better person.

But a true heart of prayer is holy and blameless. How can one who is holy and blameless become a better person?

Prayer reveals who we truly are in the eyes of God, and enables us to see others with that same grace-enabling-power of redemption to the freedom of Truth.

This May Be Something You Need to Remember Today

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear attempts to hold us back from Truth. It tries to cause us to take what is comfortable and secure over what is giving of life and life abundantly.

You have power, and your power is found in love. Love always dispels everything of fear, ushers in peace, and enables us to live with fulfillment and boldness to take the steps on the path of God.