For most college students this week will be spent either finding or starting a summer job to earn some extra money. Some students will be heading off to Europe to see the world while other will just lay down on a couch and play video games for a couple of months.
So why did these 52 students decide to spend their summer walking over 20 miles a day, sleeping in an old RV and eating peanut butter and jelly or donated food? What would make them give up a chance to earn money, see the world or just relax during their summer break?
On Saturday morning these 52 college students gathered in four locations on the west coast to begin a journey of sacrifice and prayer; a true mission of social justice. These students have one very special thing in common; their hearts have been broken for the innocent children whose lives are being taken in the abortion holocaust.
The Crossroads Pro-life Walk across America was founded in 1995, just 2 years after I founded Rock for Life. This was an exciting time in America as many youth pro-life groups were starting across the country. The youth pro-life revolution was taking shape as the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. was starting to look younger and younger every year.
Since the summer of 1995 faithful pro-life students have gathered every summer to spend their summer walking from coast to coast, praying and witnessing along the way. The walkers wear a simple shirt with a giant PRO-LIFE printed on the front; a simple but effective message.
The walkers have had some of the greatest times of intimacy with God as they spend their days in prayer. They have seen hearts change and lives saved as they interact with curious people along the back roads of America. This is more than just college kids walking across the country, it is a spiritual and life changing journey for all those involved.
Every summer I take the Stand True Summer Mission Team on a different journey as we reach out to young people at music festivals around the country and I have been privileged to have former Crossroads walkers join me several times. I am always so amazed by the magnitude of character and commitment to the mission they have. I truly believe the world is a better place because of Crossroads; not just because of what they will accomplish this summer but what they will do for the rest of their lives.
I am committed to praying for these courageous young people this summer and I hope you will join me. The Stand True Summer Mission Team may be riding in a van instead of walking all summer, but we stand in solidarity with the Crossroads mission team. We know that the work we do this summer will have a long lasting affect for decades to come.
You can see the routes that the Crossroads mission teams are taking at http://www.crossroadswalk.org. Please check out the web site to see if the team will be coming near your town. They could always use water, food or just encouragement.
For Christ I stand,