Four Thousand Miles with
How far have you walked? How far could you walk?
Could you walk across America? How long would it take?
Judy Howard Peterson can answer these questions. On May 11th 1998 Judy started walking. One year four days and eleven pairs of shoes later she stopped.
|"I had traversed more than
4,000 miles across mountains, plains, and valleys, across interstates,
highways, and city streets. I made it. I didn't get run over, abducted, or
injured. I never ran out of money, even though I began with only $400. I
camped out only four nights, even though I began with just twenty contacts
across the entire United States.
Jesus and I made it against all
odds. Many times throughout the journey people said, "A young woman cannot
walk across America alone." Many people told me it was impossible. Even
150 miles from the completion of my journey, a four-year-old child boldly
walked up and stated, "You're gonna die, you know."
Join us Saturday evening June 15th. Judy will visit Country Covenant and share her story. The evening will start at 5 PM with a pot luck dinner (bring a dish to pass). Following dinner Judy will share her Walking Lessons with us. We invite everyone to join us for this special evening.
Judy will also present the message during the Sunday morning Worship Service.
Newspaper articles about Judy written during her walk.
Lexington Ky Herald-Leader
Scripps Howard News Service
Thisweek Newspapers Burnsville, MN
Judy was raised in Apple Valley Minnesota. She attended college at North Park University in Chicago where she received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. Judy's passion to share Christ's love with others led her to spend a year teaching troubled youth in inner-city Chicago through Central Baptist Family Services. She also served as a missionary with Merge Ministries in San Juan, Texas working with Hispanic youth.
Judy Howard Peterson has had an exciting few years as she and Jeff Peterson were married in September 2000 and she graduated from North Park Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2001. During her time at North Park she was well known for her gifts in evangelism and was a two-time recipient of the Leighton Ford Scholarship for young evangelists, completing her final two years of seminary on full scholarship.
On May 15 1999, Judy completed a year-long walk across the United States. This 4,000+ mile journey which counted as her internship towards her degree allowed Judy to focus on two primary principles which she feels are essential to the Christian walk. The first is BEING with Jesus. Judy candidly states that, "If we don't know how to be with Jesus we have no business doing Christian things, too often Christians are "doers who have never been".
The second focus of Judy's journey across America was evangelism and the commitment to walk with whomever the Lord placed in her path. When people on the road asked her why she was walking, Judy stated, 'I figure Jesus never set up shop in the temple, asking people to make an appointment. He walked into their lives. I figure if I claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ I had better learn how to walk."
Judy is passionate about communicating Christ in everyday language and continues to travel across the U.S. speaking to both Christian and secular audience about a God who travels with us every step of the way. Judy currently co-pastors Arbor Covenant Church in Madison, Wisconsin where she continues to walk out her faith in everyday ways.