Texas Teen Carries Cross to Washington, DC

Junior Garcia
Junior Garcia

Junior Garcia was carrying a 12-foot cross along Interstate-30 in Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas, on Thursday afternoon. He was hard to miss.

“This is my way of showing them Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with every single one of them,” Garcia said.

The idea came to him last July, when he was attending youth group at the Oasis Church in Saginaw, Texas. He said that he realized his Christian walk wasn’t what it should be. “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,” Garcia said.

“I just felt that separation from Him and felt like it was just time to get rid of worldly desires and focus on Him,” Garcia added.

Garcia remembers the day that it all happened for him. “July 24, 2011. I remember looking up to heaven saying, ‘I’m yours,’” he said. “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.”

Garcia will have to walk 1,369 miles to get there. With breaks, he hopes to arrive in front of the White House for prayer on July 13.

Garcia is focused and armed with Scriptures and inspirational music. He has the full support of his family and church. But at least once, he wondered, “Can I make it?”

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