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Grandmother Walks 4,026.5 Miles to Pray for America

Contact: Adam Cothes, 360-802-9758, adam@winepressgroup.com

ENUMCLAW, Wash., July 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- On a 4,026.5 mile walking journey that took her from Blaine, Washington, to Key West, Florida, in fourteen-and-a-half-months, Lyn Hanush, a grandmother from Paso Robles, California says she prayed for America and the people she met all along the way. Her new book, "Putting a Face on America" is the story of that walk.

Hanush states in her book that walking is her "vehicle for ministry." But it wasn't always easy as she walked through day after day of 110 degree heat in Montana and through Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas in the middle of winter. She walked from May 12, 2003, until July 23, 2004.

Accompanied by another grandmother, Joan (Joni) Balog, her 16-year old granddaughter Samantha Garrett, and two dogs named Cassie and Waliluke, Hanush visited and prayed with the people she met along the way. She says, "As we walked across America, we were able to have personal discussions about [people's] needs and desires and then pray with them." She found herself praying for hundreds of people including an artist with Parkinson's disease, a woman whose daughter has spina bifida and the men and women on a Crow Indian Reservation.

Hanush explains that her book "puts a face on America." From the journal she kept as she traveled, Hanush has published the stories of many of the people she encountered from helpful police officers to people who wanted to buy her and her companions a meal. "I am a woman of faith and I believe in America," says Hanush. The walk "has opened many doors of opportunity for me to reach out and share with people about their needs, their faith, their hopes and their dreams," she says.

Hanush says she started walking at age 40 and has hiked the California coast from Mexico to Oregon, from the Oregon/California border to the Washington/ Canada border and climbed mountains in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks including to the peak of 14,495 foot Mount Whitney. Of her walk across America, Hanush says, "When God plants a dream in our hearts it can only fail if we refuse to do our part."

Hanush says her long walks for America are not over yet. In 2008 she plans to walk from Florida to Maine praying for America and encouraging to people to vote.

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