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

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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

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.

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.