Couple's Walk to Reclaim America Begins on New Year's Day, Ends July 4

A couple will begin a 2,800 mile intercessory prayer walk across America beginning on Jan. 1, 2006, in an effort to reclaim America for God.

The Ohio couple, Rick and Jane McKinney will begin their long journey at California’s Santa Monica Pier on New Year’s Day and will make their way by foot to Washington D.C. on July 4, 2006.

“Our emphasis will be interceding for our country and its people,” said Rick McKinney, who served as a pastor for 20 years, according to White Dove Communications (WDC). “Lots of great spiritual awakenings have happened throughout history, but they have all begun with prayer, and so we’re going to be praying for our country.”

In addition to praying, the McKinneys will be taking part in Reclaim America rallies on Sundays in churches and city parks to encourage Christians to take a stand for righteousness and spiritual renewal in America. The couple will be walking Monday through Saturday.

“We’re really praying our effort will be part of what God is doing to bring spiritual renewal across this nation,” said McKinney. “We feel strongly that the Walk to Reclaim America will help in three distinct ways – through intercessory prayer for America, through encouraging other believers to live out their faith in visible ways, and through interacting with people from all walks of life as we and others involved with us share our faith.”

McKinney emphasized that the Walk to Reclaim America is in no way political.

“We’re not doing this to bring political change, or to raise money for a political cause. In fact, we don’t even believe that the kind of change America needs can be accomplished by legislative means. This kind of change can only be accomplished when hearts and lives are changed from the inside out, one person at a time,” McKinney explained.

Jane McKinney added, “We feel it’s time for Christians to reclaim the great spiritual heritage of freedoms, families, and faith that America was founded upon. It’s time to call this nation back to the truths that brought God’s blessings in the past.”

She said that most importantly, it’s time to call America back to a faith in a living and relevant God.

“That is the only thing that will enable us to deal with the threats and dangers our nation is facing and give us hope for a blessed future.”