“We will walk so they don’t have to,” is the driving motivation behind the youth of Columbus First Assembly of God as they embark on a 166 mile journey this week.
After Sunday morning service, the youth of the church, which they refer to as C1, will hop a van to Greenville, Mississippi, and then they will walk back to Columbus. They’re calling the walk Move 166.
Matthew Taylor is the youth pastor with C1, and says the idea came from two girls in the youth group.
“They approached me with a letter,” said Taylor. “And they had this amazing plan to help our missionary friends in Africa.”
In Togo, Africa, First Assembly missionaries are currently walking rough terrain each and every day to reach schools, villages, and places of worship. There are very few cars that can navigate the 40 miles a day that they walk.
“So we’re walking so they don’t have to,” said Taylor. “We’ve set a goal for $25,000 to purchase them a vehicle capable of the job.”
Taylor said that while the youth walk, there will be someone behind them to provide safety, supplies, water, etc. There are plans in place in the event of inclement weather, extreme heat, and other things that could happen on the trip.
The walk begins Sunday, and they hope to have it completed within four days.
For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page here.