Texas Teen Walks to Washington D.C. with a Cross on His Back
CBS-TV in Dallas had a great story about a 19 year old young man named Junior Garcia who wanted to show his faith to everyone as he is making a journey to Washington D.C. with a 12-foot cross on his back.
His mission started out along Interstate-30, making his way through Fort Worth and Arlington on Thursday afternoon.
He was quoted as saying, “This is my way of showing them Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with every single one of them,” Garcia said.
So how did this young man come up with the idea? He said that it came to him last July, when he was attending youth group at the Oasis Church in Saginaw, when he realized his faith wasn’t as strong as he felt it should be. Junior said, “Oh, man, I was going through so much in my life and really searching to see what God had for me, His call on my life…I just felt that separation from Him and felt like it was just time to get rid of worldly desires and focus on Him,”
His plan didn’t come to him overnight, it took time to plan and he claims that it all happened for him on July 24th, 2011, when he was looking toward heaven and praying. He said that it all hit him when he said “I’m yours.’” He continued “That day, I decided to take up my cross. And I felt so strong in my heart. And I felt Him tell me where to go and how to go. And that’s where we’re going — Washington, D.C.”
Junior Garcia will has an enormous journey ahead of hims, as he has mapped about 1,369 miles to get there on foot and with a cross on his back, with breaks. Hehopes to arrive in front of the White House for prayer on July 13.
His church and family are in full support of his journey have packed him with scriptures and inspirational music. The only thing left is his nagging questions of “Can I make it? But that’s where my faith comes into play. Just trusting in Him, knowing He’ll be by me every step and that He’ll strengthen every step,” Garcia said.
From the sound of sound of it, Junior may have a rough time since he arrived in Arlington, he had already walked 20 miles, and had two blisters on his heels
Garcia’s walk does have an even deeper purpose to others, as he is walking for the “Speed the Light” campaign which raises money to buy cars for missionaries. You could say that this is already a win, as he has already raised $35,000 from his home church