Every year, GirlTrek, the largest national public health nonprofit and movement for Black women and girls, hosts an annual walking competition for Black churches across the country. The 9-day Prayer Trek takes place October 1-9 and is open to all denominations.
“The Black church has always been a pillar of social justice on the front-lines of social change. GirlTrek is asking the sisters from every church to take to the streets to walk and pray for social change,” said GirlTrek cofounder, T. Morgan Dixon.
The way it works is that churches register to participate at PrayerTrek.org and for nine days straight, they walk together. Each day there will be a prayer assignment in accordance with the nine fruit of the spirit. The church who has the most walkers participate at the end of the challenge wins the national trophy.
Last year, 250 new churches competed. The 2017 goal is to rally 500 Black churches around the country.
“Let’s put feet to our prayers. Walk wherever you are and pray for our communities,” Dixon said. “As we walk, we will practice our values according to the book of Galatians. We will cultivate the nine fruit of the spirit.” (Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control) Gal. 5:22-23 NLT.
One of GirlTrek’s mottos is, “when women walk, things change.” Walking coupled with prayer will no doubt result in positive lasting effects.
All Mississippi GirlTrek members are led by National Advisory Board Member, Cynthia Thompson of Jackson, MS.
There is GirlTrek group near you. Madison, Byram, Mendenhall, Magee, New Hebron, Prentiss, Monticello, Brookhaven, Raleigh, Puckett, McComb, and Vicksburg to name a few.
All GirlTrek members are encouraged to join the “GirlTrek: Jackson, MS” Facebook page for encouragement as well as to stay informed of all upcoming events for GirlTrek.