Junior Garcia walked along Main Street in Harrisonburg Tuesday morning, and he was going pretty fast. He said he walks about 30 to 40 miles per day!
It is not an easy thing to do, especially with all the heat and crazy weather, but to him, it is all about sending a message.
On Tuesday, Junior already walked more than 1,000 miles, carrying his cross the whole time. Garcia started in Saginaw, Tx. and he plans to be in D.C. by the end of this week.
"Good workout. Good way to stay in shape!" said Junior.
For Garcia, it was not about the exercise, it was about sharing his faith. He said one day while at church, he decided it was something he had to do for Jesus.
"Just to see my lack of dedication in my faith of where I was lacking sharing my faith, so that day I just wanted to show people that same love that He had showed me so that's why we walk."
Family and friends are supporting him along the way. His father, Jorge Garcia, is following him with their church bus just in case he needs help.
"There's a lot of people that come up to him and tell him what an awesome job he's doing and that they're excited and proud of him, but he always gives Jesus the glory, and that makes me proud," said Jorge.
Garcia says it has been challenging, but he is not letting anything get in the way of his journey, not even a heat wave.
"We're from Texas so we're a little used to the heat,” said Junior. “It has been hot but I guess we brought that heat from Texas with us."
Junior said the best part of the experience was meeting so many good neighbors along the way.
"It's been awesome seeing the generosity of people just pulling over and purchasing us things and taking care of us. It's an awesome thing."
Junior said he has not really had to pay for anything because people have offered places to stay and even meals the whole time.
Once he gets to D.C., he said he hopes he can lift government leaders with prayer and show them why faith is important. Junior is also trying to raise money for his church and a christian group in Mexico.
He started his trip on June 7th and plans to end in D.C. on July 13th.
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