A Long 9 Days

By | Justin and Cody | One Comment

January 4-13, 2018

January 4 marked the first day of our journey across America from Edmond, OK to Greenville, SC. We started at Cody’s dad’s barber shop in Edmond and plan to arrive at my brother’s restaurant in Greenville in the next 4-6 months.  The trek up the famous Route 66 was a whole slew of emotions.  I felt the history of America through the vibrations of the longboard under my feet.  I felt like I was going back in time with every push.  But more than that, I felt distant from the rest of the world.  I felt like a sojourner.  Cody and I were without a home for 9 days and nights. We slept under a couple different bridges, in wildernesses off 66, and on a couple different church properties.

Before the trip started, we totally underestimated the difficulty of longboarding with 40-50 pound backpacks on.  We thought we would be able to cover distances around 20 miles a day.  We soon found out pushing 10-15 was a very difficult task.  As each day went on, we became stronger and were able to push ourselves further than the day before.  We got stuck under a bridge one day while it rained for hours.  Then on another occasion, the Oklahoma wind almost blew us off our longboards, so we set up camp for that day to wait it out.  We’ve been realizing that food might only be in front of us once every 24 hours, so this makes it imperative that we have sufficient sources of nutrients in our packs. The longest time we went without food was 48 hours.  In that time, we traveled around 25 miles.  The combination of no food, rough sleep, heavy bags, and strenuous travels began to demand unusual emotional responses of frustration and irritability.  Cody isn’t able to fall asleep until around 3 or 4am some nights. This leaves him up alone in his tent for around 6 hours (as I fall asleep at around 9pm). The flip-side is that I wake up at around 6 or 7am.  So while he’s finally able to get some sleep, I’m awake in my tent through the morning.  We’re praying God would help Cody get to sleep and not be restless through the night.  Hopefully as time goes on, the irritability and frustration will be held to a minimum.

We have met some radical people so far.  God has shown us multiple times that he will provide our needs for us.  On three different occasions, we have been in situations where we are about to walk away, and God shows up providing exactly what we needed.  The first time was when we were looking through the window of a restaurant and trying to price the food to decided if we should spend money on it.  We decided to walk away and get snacks at the gas station next door when the owner of the restaurant came out and told us the meal would be on him. The second event was when we were looking for free samples in Walmart, didn’t find any, then as we were walking out, a woman stopped us and gave us $100 dollars.  She walked away after saying “Glory to God.”  Then the third instance was after we had eaten food one day, the sun was setting and we didn’t know where we were going to camp.  We saw a church with a truck in the parking lot.  The woman that came to the door was simply cleaning the church and didn’t have authority to allow us to camp on the property.  As we were about t walk away, the pastor pulls in. He told us where we could camp and the next morning he allowed us to take a shower in the church.  Praise God for all these provisions!  Beyond these have been many more and we believe many more will come to pass.

We stayed with a friend in Tulsa for the past four days and we are ready to hit the road again.  It was a huge blessing to be able to wash all of our clothes and gear.  After showering only once in 9 days and running out of clean clothes to wear, being in the warmth of a home was extremely unfamiliar and abundantly appreciated.  Cody and I will be jumping on HWY 412 which will take us through Arkansas, the bottom of Missouri, and into Tennessee.  We are overflowing with gratitude for the provision of God through the body of Christ.

Thank you to all who pray for us often.  Be looking for daily updates through Instagram and Facebook.  May God bless you!

Opportunities to Speak

By | Jonathan, Trevor, and friends | No Comments

Gap Community

Hey everybody!! We had the awesome opportunity to share about our journey at two retirement communities and at our home church in Gap, Pennsylvania this past Sunday. You can view the church service down below.

We also apologize for not getting you guys the pictures of our last day and of us plunging into the pacific ocean yet. We will try to get them posted as soon as we can. Love you guys and again thank you for all the support over these past few years!!

A Journey’s End

By | Jonathan, Trevor, and friends | 5 Comments

February 18 - February 25, 2017

….On February 25th we took our final steps into the vast Pacific Ocean! Ed and Cindy, who picked us up from Anaheim, California because of a crazy storm that hindered us, drove us back to walk from Anaheim to there house. It was our last bittersweet long walk, about 12 miles total. We stayed at their house another day and went to church with them in the morning. Pastor Don let us share our journey during their testimony time. After the service Ed and Cindy invited us to a meeting where their church’s missionaries met for updates and prayer for what God is doing in their lives. We got to share more in depth with the group and they highly encouraged us in what God has planned for us after the trip. We felt a lot more peace after the meeting. When we got back to Ed and Cindy’s house Jonathan’s aunt Victoria picked us up to take us back to her place until our parents flew in to see us jump into the ocean. We stayed with her for about four nights until our parents came. We got a hotel in Hunting Beach for both our families to stay in. The next day, February 25th, we all drove back to Ed and Cindy’s house and walked from there to the beach. It was only 3 miles, only 3 miles and we were done! As soon as we were about 30 feet away from the ocean we took off our shoes and ran straight into the water. It was freezing yet so fulfilling!! Much tears of happiness were received from our families and many more overwhelming emotions were felt. Some people came out to see us reach the coast whom we became friends with such as Glenn. Him and his wife Susie let us stay in their house for a few days when we first started to get into the vast metropolitan of Los Angeles. Also Ed, Cindy, and their son Jonathan joined for the celebration. After the plunge we all ate at a diner off the pier right next to us. Great way to finish it all off! We want to thank you all for everything!!

You guys have been so faithful and encouraging to us. We honestly could not have made it with out you guys walking beside us the whole way. It wasn’t a church of me and Trevor it really was A Church Of Us. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ you are a part of the worldwide church and without God and each other we would fall apart.  Those of you who were Christians have really showed us that the Church is still alive and living out love on a daily basis. By taking us in you were taking care of your savior Jesus. And for those who don’t really believe in Jesus who have helped us, we are truly grateful. We hope you saw at least a glimmer of how much God is madly in love with you and wants a pure authentic relationship with you. He is the only one who will give you a reason to live life to the fullest. He is everything you need and more. He never leaves or forsakes and remains faithful to you through anything this world has done to hurt you or anything you have done, individually, because we have all contributed to the evil in this world. He saves you from yourself, and wants you to be with him forever. Death can’t hold him back and through believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus is the one and only true God, you can be raised to life and be with him for all eternity.  He is our best friend and I hope he becomes yours. Live your life with the only purpose that lasts forever. Thank you all!

P.S. Our good friend James Barkman came down from Oregon and took some awesome pictures of us reaching the coast which we will post for you guys to see once we get them. Check out his photography at http://www.jamesbarkman.com or on instagram @jamesbarkman.