3 Weeks, 200 Miles, and The Developing Vision for Prayer Pilgrim

After nearly 3 weeks, and 200 miles on pilgrimage of the Oregon coast, I arrived at the southernmost point of the Oregon coast – Brookings.

I have spent the last couple of nights at a campsite meeting many wonderful people. I met a man in his fifties who shared many prophesies with me about my life. I met a former marine in his fifties who is suffering from emphazima and a compressed spine. He is looking to get to California where he will have enough social security to procure an apartment for himself. He said he likely has about 10 years of life left, and wants to get settled in a home to “get some things accomplished” before he passes. He was very kind, offering his food and coffee to everyone at the campground who wished to share a meal.

I met Nick for the third time, a cyclist on his first biking adventure. He’s taking things quite slow, averaging 20 – 30 miles when he leaves a campsite (which is why I’ve ran into him 3 times while myself being on-foot). Nick is 20 years old and headed for San Francisco. He asks many questions which dig for insight and are challenging to the views and beliefs of those at the campgrounds we have shared.

Today, after reaching the southern point of the Oregon coast and spending a couple of days here, it appears I will now continue back north with the goal of reaching the northern border of Oregon. I plan on reaching the northern border as quickly as possible, accepting rides as they are offered (I never hitchhike, my policy is that I will accept a ride it is freely offered by someone without any request being made. It is an excellent opportunity to meet and minister to people.), in order to start walking from the extreme north southward.

The southern end of the Oregon coast pilgrimage has been a tremendous time for rest and reflection. In the last few days God has really been speaking to me about the vision for “Prayer Pilgrim” and I would like to share more of that vision I see being established now.

Prayer Pilgrim will be a not-for-profit ministry with a mission to train, equip, send and support those who feel called to be a Prayer Pilgrim or who would like to go on a Prayer Pilgrimage for a season.

We will be based on the Oregon coast, with the vision to send prayer pilgrims around the world. I am looking to plant two prayer pilgrim centers on the Oregon coast. One on the southern end and one on the northern end, enabling those who would like to do a prayer pilgrimage the option of starting on the south or north, covering the coast up and down in prayer. I believe the Oregon coast makes an incredible training ground for those called to these sort of “adventure missions,” and I see myself acting as a guide as I am well experienced with the coast here.

If this is a vision you would like to support, please visit the GoFundMe page.

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Oregon Coast Hiker-Biker Campsites

One of the reasons I have chosen to do the pilgrimage of the Oregon Coast is because the coastline has many sites with “Hiker-Biker” camping. These are campgrounds for walk-in hikers or cyclists to have a place to camp for only $5 or $6 a night.

Much of the Oregon Coast allows free camping beyond the site of any residence. Oregon as a state has been committed to keeping their beaches free to the public, passing laws to keep them accessible to all. It is for this reason that I feel the Oregon Coast is a unique place where freedom can be nurtured and grown.

I plan on stopping at these State Park campsites for the groups of people I’ll be able to meet and connect with at an “official” campsite. (And a shower every now and then would be great!)

Here is a full list of Hiker-Biker campgrounds which I will be visiting along this pilgrimage of the Oregon Coast:

Ainsworth State Park

Bates State Park

Beachside State Recreation Site

Beverly Beach State Park

Bullards Beach State Park

Cape Blanco State Park

Cape Lookout State Park

Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park

Cascadia State Park

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area

Farewell Bend State Recreation Area

Fort Stevens State Park

Goose Lake State Recreation Area

Harris Beach State Park

Humbug Mountain State Park

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

Milo McIver State Park

Nehalem Bay State Park

North Santiam State Recreation Area

Smith Rock State Park

South Beach State Park

Sunset Bay State Park

Tumalo State Park

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Unity Lake State Recreation Site

Wallowa Lake State Park

Willamette Mission State Park

William M. Tugman State Park

 

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

5 Days until beginning the Oregon Coast Pilgrimage

Quick update, I am beginning the 420 mile or so walk of the Oregon Coast this Sunday.

It’s looking like I will start in Corvallis, Oregon, and take a bus to the Coast on Monday morning.

I am looking to connect with anyone and everyone along the coast who would like to make a new friend, go for a walk or just talk.

If you would like to contribute to support this pilgrimage go here.