Walter M. van der Wolf

Earth dweller, heaven's citizen | Pilgrim | Husband | Father

Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 8

Dear Friends,

Last monday I took the car and drove to Reims where I started a new Long Distance Trail called the ‘Via Francigena‘. Walked from Reims to Châlons-en-Champagne through the vineyards of the famous ‘Champagne’.

The history of the Via Francigena pilgrim route dates back to the Middle Ages. The full Via Francigena pilgrimage is from Canturbery to Rome, covering 1,700 km, passing through France and Switzerland along the way.

This time a short episode of two days of hiking. Next time I hope to spend some more time on the trail. Below the route and the pictures I made of this trip.

Blessings!

REIMS – CHÂLONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 7

Dear Friends,

On my recent trip I ended the long distance trail called the ‘Via Campaniensis’. Winter has finally arrived. It was the first time on my journey that frost hit the trail. It always results in nice pictures. But I also had to battle a serious cold despite the clothes I wore.

Next episode I will start a new Pilgrim’s route. It means a complete new direction from now on. In stead of heading south my new direction will be south-east which means the trail will take me directly to Switzerland and Italy.

I wish all my blog readers and visitors a Merry Christmas and the Lord’s Blessings for the coming New Year!

Below the route and the pictures I made of this trip.

Enjoy!

REVIN – REIMS

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 6

Dear Friends,

On my latest trip I walked from Namur in Belgium to a city called Revin in France. I said farewell to Belgium and the ‘Via Monastica’ long distance trail and started a new trail called ‘Voie verte Trans-Ardennes‘. It runs from Givet to Mouzon and follows the river ‘La Meuse’ southwards.

Next episode I want to return to a new Pilgrim’s route which runs parallel to the Trans-Ardennes track in the direction of the big city Reims.

Below the route and the pictures I made of this trip.

Blessings!

NAMUR (NAMEN) (B) – REVIN (F)

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 5

Dear Friends,

In this episode I continue the ‘Via Monastica’ to a big city called Namur (Namen). I enter the French speaking territory of Belgium which means I’ll need to brush up my French speaking skills in my coming trips. Something that will be quite a challenge haha …

In the next episode I hope to enter France, end the ‘Via Monastica’ Long Distance Trail in Rocroi and start a new LDT.

Enjoy the route and the pictures I made.

Have a great day!

TESSENDERLO – NAMUR (NAMEN)

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 4

Dear Friends,

In this episode I finished my first Long Distance Trail and started my next one: the ‘Via Monastica’. I also said ‘farewell’ to the Netherlands and ended my hike in a place called Tessenderlo in Belgium. So next time I’ll have to park my car there and start my hike.

On my journey this time lots of edible mushrooms, some sun, clouds and one day some rain. We had some pretty heavy rain showers last month. The result is that nature ‘breathes’ again and where rain comes new life immediately springs up.

Enjoy the route and the pictures I made.

Blessings!

DISTELBERG – TESSENDERLO (B)

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 3

Dear Friends,

It was hot, hot, hot … but so satisfying and beautiful outside! This time I ended my hike in a place called Distelberg.

Nex time I hope to finish the firtst section of my Pilgrimage to Jerusalem by ending part of the LDT called ‘Pelgrimspad’. I’ll continue my journey with the next Long Distance Trail called the ‘Via Monastica‘ which will take me from Vessem (NL) to Rocroi (F).

Enjoy the route and the pictures I made.

Have a great day!

MOLENAARSGRAAF – DISTELBERG

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 2

AARLANDERVEEN – MOLENAARSGRAAF

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage: Episode 1

AMSTELVEEN – AARLANDERVEEN

Dear Friends,

Last wednesday I started my Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I was excited my wife decided to walk with me for the first couple of miles. Everytime I walk a certain distance I will post the updates here. Enjoy!

Blessings,

Walter

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Walk for Jesus – Jerusalem Pilgrimage

Dear friends,

Coming July, God willing, I’m starting my long-awaited Walk for Jesus to Jerusalem. I’ll start from my hometown Amstelveen. I wrote about this Pilgrimage back in 2016. You can read about it here.

I don’t know how long it will take me to complete my journey but I’m not in a hurry and I will, for several reasons, not hike the whole distance at once but in multiple sections.

I’ll be using and following parts of existing Long Distance Trails as long as possible. I’ll start the first section of my Pilgrimage with a LDT called ‘Pelgrimspad deel 1 LAW 7-1‘ and ‘Pelgrimspad deel 2 LAW 7-2‘ which runs through the nearby Amsterdam Forrest.

I’ll pick up the trail there and thus continue my way southeast. For a map of this complete trail click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

I’ll be posting about my journey on this blog and, once in a while, on our Hiker Online website. For pics on the fly I’ll be using my own Instagram account just as I did with my previous trip to Menorca.

Blessings,

Walter

THE MISSION

When the runners came from Bethlehem
All breathless with good news
They were passing a baton forward through time
The commission, from God’s lips to our ears
Carried by His saints two thousand years
Connects us all to the same lifeline
As I fix my eyes ahead
I can feel the Spirit’s breath…

Chorus

(And) I can hear the mission bell ringing out loud and clear
It’s the revolution Jesus started, and it’s here
Echoing across the world from the shores of Galilee
I can hear the mission bell call for you and me
I wanna run with fire
It’s my heart’s desire
Lifting your love higher

In the history of our faith’s arrivals
Great awakenings, Welsh revivals
Saints and martyrs, summoned by a new birth
Patrick’s save of the Irish nation
William Carey’s expectation
Lambs and Lions
Called to the ends of the earth
Gotta put my hand to the plow
Not looking back, not now…

Chorus

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