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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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?

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

Prayer Pilgrimage – Full Circle

Check out this video from when I made it to Beachside State Park, Oregon Coast.

This is the first place I had ever seen the Oregon Coast back in 2010.

At the time of this video (the other night) I had completed somewhere around 340 miles or so of the Oregon Coast (Newport to Brookings and then back north from Brookings).

Meredith

Today was the first time I had met a fellow hiker on the trail, a girl names Meredith. We talked for a couple of hours as it is rare to meet another person walking the coast of Oregon as opposed to riding a bicycle.

She is a recent college graduate who is taking “travel year,” first walking the Oregon coast trail, and then heading to Spain to walk the camino de Santiago (the way of st. James).

She then plans to teach for a year in south more before returning to graduate school to become a teacher.

Meredith has tremendous heart for children and education. I am certain she will accomplish amazing things with her life.

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.

TOMORROW! The Oregon Coast Prayer Pilgrimage Begins

Early tomorrow morning I will begin making my way from Redding, California to Corvallis, and head over from there to Newport, Oregon where I will start walking the 400+ miles of the Oregon Coast for Prayer.

I have so many feelings of anticipation and a sense of wonder for what this summer walking the coast is going to hold; the people I will meet, the opportunities for sharing the message of relationship with God in prayer, and the countless unforeseen variables of what wondrous events may occur.

If you have any suggestions of where you feel I should go along the coast, people to meet, great towns to visit, churches or community groups to connect with, please leave a comment or send me a message on the contact page.

I’m ready.

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