|Garcia, on day 7 of his cross-carrying journey. After a week of traveling from Texas to Washington, D.C., he was crossing into Hope, Arkansas.|
Nineteen-year-old Junior Garcia began a 1,380-mile journey for Speed the Light on Thursday, June 7, in Saginaw, Texas. Carrying a wooden cross as he walks, Garcia hopes to reach Washington, D.C. by July 13, where he will then hold a prayer service in front of the White House.
Garcia, currently a freshman at Texas Community College, came up with the idea for the fundraiser, called The Journey, last year as a senior in high school. He aims to raise $35,000 for Speed the Light. The money raised will go toward the purchase of a vehicle for a missionary he has chosen.
A group from his home church, The Oasis Church (AG) in Saginaw, Texas, including Pastor Randy Limme, his wife, Lorrie, and their daughters Haley and Courtney are traveling with Garcia as supporters on The Journey.
After seven days of traveling, Garcia had already covered 160 miles and was crossing into Hope, Arkansas. "He has made a positive influence on the saved and unsaved, and a lot of people have stopped to talk or pray with him," says Rusty Rexroad, pastor of discipleship at The Oasis.
"It is always inspiring to hear the lengths our students and leaders are willing to go to in order to provide AG missionaries with the transportation and communication tools they need to reach the lost," says Chet Caudill, student missions director. "Junior's STL story of is one of sacrifice and commitment. His relentless spirit will certainly impact those who are touched by the journey he is embarking upon."