February 18 – February 25, 2017: A Journey’s End

….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.

 

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  • Brings tears to my eyes too!

  • Michael Hayward says:

    HALLELUJAH JON!!! It’s been quite a journey for you and all of us with you, prayed many times with loving tears for you guys, I’m the guy that bought your 3 wheel bike, haven’t talked with your wonderful folks in awhile but don’t really live that far from you all and I’d love to meet you someday, feel like I know you already! You’ve been an encouragemant to me and I love ya brother, and I thank God for keeping His hand on you! 🙂

  • Hugh Magreehan says:

    Not a night I turn in, nor a morning next the God affords me, I cannot begin to accept or understand my chance encounter. With two of God’s chosen few modern day disciples. Walking against challenges against them similar or even more dangerous than what Paul and Peter faced. I love you guys and humbled to play such a minuscule part in your legacy. God Bless and continue your journey in His name, you are chosen.

    Love always,

    Hughie ☘☘☘☘🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Danny & Veronica Ziegler says:

    I just wanted to say congratulations on your compleation of your journey and how happy Iam to have met you all and your encouragement to me and thank you for your commitment and love for Jesus , you stayed with me and my family in New Castle Virginia for a few days , God bless and wish you all the best

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