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.

How Far Will You Go?

How much of an impact do you want to have on the world?

How much discomfort are you willing to go through to ser that impact made?

Those are the questions that have been on my mind in the last 5 hours.

I went into Astoria today to connect with people and pick up a few things I needed.

I ended up meeting a veteran of the Navy who moved to Astoria a couple of months ago.

I had planned on catching a bus back to my campsite from Astoria. After a couple hours of discussion with this man, I looked at my clock and noticed that if it continued for much longer, I would miss the bus and have to walk the 15 miles or so back to my campsite after dark.

Still, I continued are discussion, and we came to form such a genuine connection through our conversing on life, God, the universe, creation and philosophy that there was a powerful sense joy and hope for humanity and this world as born from the love and freedom within our hearts.

I cannot express how valuable I believe those moments of insight through the relationship and discussion are.

I have just completed the 15 mile walk back to my campsite. I am exhausted, it is after midnight, and I am ready to sleep well. And I would do it again.

So, what impact do we want to make?

What are we willing to go through to ser that impact made?

The Qualities of Heaven

The qualities of heaven have been most prevalent in my mind lately. Are the qualities of heaven how we are seeing – our vision born of Truth – life on earth? I’ve encountered many people over the past few days – believers and non-believers – who suffer from stress, anxiety, drug addictions, relationship trauma, and other issues. These problems can seem to convince us that “that’s just how the world works.” But there is a difference between the facts of the world and Truth. Truth is heaven, Truth is Jesus. Jesus modeled what the life born of Truth is like. Peace, joy, freedom and love are fruits which come out of Truth. Speak truth to one another, and all lies (beliefs not of God) will disintegrate.

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.

What Enables Me To Love Others Well?

I have spent the last two afternoons/evenings getting to know a man named JT. JT is a man in his fifties, with beautiful long white hair, who has been bicycling up and down the Oregon Coast for the past year and a half! He worked in the coffee business for years and stops into coffee shops along the coast to see if they need anything fixed on their espresso machines. He just got approved for an apartment further inland, and is about to transition into living indoors once again. We’ve had some really amazing discussions thus far. He is heavily interested in the occult or as he says “the hidden knowledge,” conspiracy theories and so on. The main question I always come back to, and my main response when listening to his beliefs about the “elite” and the controlling forces in the world is “those are interesting ideas, but how does knowing this enable me to love others well?” I think we all have a deep interest in finding truth, uncovering what seems to be such a deep mystery of life, how to live and how to create a world that is better for us all. I think that truth is a liberating force, enabling us to love one another unconditionally. It really doesn’t matter who is in control, whether or not there are evil forces operating and all that, if I am in the Truth of the Holy Spirit, everywhere I go is the kingdom of heaven on the move. I believe when we remain conscious of heaven, we are enabled to dispel all darkness. I am not saying to be naive or in denial about evil, rather, it starts with the question: “how does this enable me to love others well?”