A North Texas teenager armed with a huge cross and a good pair of shoes has accomplished his goal – to walk across the country and raise awareness about God.
Junior Garcia began his journey from Saginaw to Washington D.C. about a month ago. It culminated Friday morning with a prayer service near the White House.
His support system from Oasis Church International joined in via Skype as he prayed.
"Can't wait to get back home to all of you at the Oasis Church and I just wanna share this with y'all," he said. "It's just been a blessing. I thank you all for supporting me and standing by me. Just join us as we pray for our nation and our leaders."
Those at the church sanctuary in Saginaw said they were fueled by the teenager's incredible mission that started as a mere idea.
"Knowing we're right here and they're there, it's all God's presence. It's so emotional and it's great. I just hope the nation heard," said Donna Moore.
FOX 4 chronicled Garcia's send-off on June 7. He walked 12 hours per day and vowed to draw the attention of American back to the cross of Jesus Christ while raising money for missionary programs.
"It's not for political gain. It's for no other gain. He recognizes the moral decay in this country and what he wants to do is bring the attention back to the cross which is a message of love," said Pastor Sertorius Johnson from the Oasis Church.
Police and the mayor in Washington D.C. originally said he could not walk along the streets of the city or lift his cross up in front of the White House for security reasons. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) helped him get the proper permits for a prayer service in a nearby park.
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