100 Mile #WalkForWater from Seattle to Canada

Hello again!

After walking 1000 miles this past April – August on the Oregon Coast as Prayer Pilgrim, I moved to Seattle where I started serving non-profit causes and ministries as a web developer.

With our entrance into 2016, I knew I wanted to continue as a pilgrim and use walking to serve the poor and those in greatest need around the world. I learned that the United Nations’ World Water Day happens on March 22, so I decided to use that as a date to do something I hope will be a tremendous impact to thousands of lives.

My primary focus in life is to wipe out all forms of poverty, spiritually and physically. With this mission I have launched a campaign at dylanraines.org to use my walks and build a community of people around the world who walk to end poverty and connect with one another.

So, on World Water Day (March 22, 2016) I will begin a 100 mile #WalkForWater from Seattle to Canada to raise funds that will restore water wells for people in South Sudan, a country where more than 30% of the people do not have access to safe water. I learned about what’s happening in South Sudan when I spoke last month with Steve Roese, director of Water Is Basic. After our conversation I was convinced that I wanted to use this walk to do something big through them (and Steve is joining me for the walk on day 1!).

I learned all about their work to repair and restore water wells in South Sudan. There are an estimated 10,000 water wells in South Sudan that no longer function because the communities were not engaged nor trained in how to maintain them. Water Is Basic engages communities, repairs the water wells, and trains the community to maintain them so that they have a lasting and sustainable source of clean, safe water. Restoring water wells is also much more affordable than drilling and building a new well.

With that in mind, I set the goal for this World Water Day walk to raise $20,000 that will restore 15 water wells in South Sudan. I invite and welcome you to join me!

Please visit the event’s GoFundMe Page and chip in $5 if you can. My hope is that this event will be spread around and that many of us will come together to give a small amount towards making a huge impact on thousands of lives.

Walk with me on World Water Day where you live. I will be launching some tools for connecting people through walking. Visit my Walk With Me page to sign up and choose how many steps you’ll walk.

Follow me on Twitter and connect with me on Facebook to see and share updates from the walk.

Go to dylanraines.org and signup to receive newsletter updates.

Thank you and please feel free to email me to say hello or ask any questions 🙂

dylan@dylanraines.org

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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.

The Pilgrimage for Prayer Organization

If you missed our recent announcement, this blog has now moved to PrayerPilgrim.org where you are now able to create a free account to connect with people in prayer.

I will still be updating posts from the pilgrimage for prayer of the Oregon Coast on my Prayer Pilgrim profile at prayerpilgrim.org/community/db but I have also recently started my personal blog where I will be writing stories in greater detail and with a bit more of a novelistic flare 🙂

If you would like to keep up with my stories and adventures from walking the coast of Oregon (and eventually, the world!) please go to dbraines.org and use the subscribe form to receive my future updates.

Thank you for all of the love and support as this vision continues to develop and become established.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me please send email to mail@dbraines.org.

Be well and see you soon!

– DB Raines

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.

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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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.

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?