Pastor, Police Officer to Take 10,000-Mile Prayer Journey
For Wade Mumm, pastor of Greeneway Church (AG) in Orlando, Florida, and his friend, Jim Deleu, a 24-year law enforcement veteran currently serving with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the fact that the United States is in desperate need of prayer is no secret to them — or few others, for that matter. However, the difference is, these men are going to do something about it.
Beginning April 28, the men will begin a 16-day, 10,000-mile motorcycle journey that will take them to the four corners of the United States. Along the way, their plan is to say a prayer as they pass every mile marker, literally encircling the nation in prayer!
Mumm and Deleu, who are military veterans, will be praying for protection for the country, the military, and law enforcement personnel.
“We’ll begin a prayer when we start and won’t say ‘amen’ until we finish,” says, Mumm, who is 52. “We’ll be in continual prayer as we ride. And as we’ll both be praying, we believe God will hear our prayers as we go.”
The pair plan to stop at each of the four corners of the country and conduct a prayer vigil and Holy Communion. The journey will also include prayer on the steps of Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Deleu, who is 52, says that they plan on riding, rain or shine. “If it starts to rain, we’ll just keep going,” he says. “We’re not fair-weathered motorcycle riders.”
Both Mumm and Deleu are praying that God will provide divine encounters along their journey, with Deleu comparing it to a religious pilgrimage, only this trip isn’t to a “holy” place. This is a pilgrimage that has at its heart that God would one day be praised and glorified by the entire nation — and that kind of revival requires focused prayer.
The men are planning to ride 600 to 650 miles per day for 16 consecutive days (except for one rest day), stopping about every 150 miles to gas up their fully dressed bikes, and then stopping at sundown to sleep and prepare for the next day’s ride.
Deleu puts that kind of ‘distance riding’ into perspective. “In the motorcycle world, if you ride 1,000 miles in a day, you could earn an Iron Butt [Association] award — it’s not easy,” he says. “When you look at the miles we’re going to do on consecutive days, you can tell that this is not going to be a vacation.”
Deleu then shares a stunning fact. Mumm doesn’t even own a motorcycle, so he’s not some “hardened-to-the-saddle” motorcyclist. He rents one from time to time, to help prepare himself for the ride, but he’s far from an everyday or weekly rider. This ride will be a ride of sacrifice for him.
Mumm did this ride one time before in 2008, and said at the time that he would never do it again. But in summer of 2016, he felt the Holy Spirit confirmed in his heart that the country needed prayer and he should do the prayer ride again.
“We’re hoping to meet up with people along the way and talk to them about what we’re doing,” says Mumm, who grew up as a missionary kid in Thailand. “Biblically, praying a circle around specific areas is a technique of spiritual warfare and claiming spiritual territory. We’re praying a ring around America that God will protect our country and bring revival to the United States.”
Those interested can follow the preparations for 10,000-mile prayer journey as well as the journey itself on Facebook at 4 Corners 4 Prayer. Pictures will be posted regularly and they may even do some Facebook/live videos.
The Facebook page also provides a link to an app that people can use to track the pair along every mile of their journey. The tracking app, Mumm explains, makes it easier for riders who may want to join in for some miles of prayer, to do so.
“Prayer changes things,” Mumm says. “So, we should put our prayers into action!”