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Man walks from Galveston to Denver to help homeless teen ministry

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April 28, 2005

Jeff Robinson's travel time from Galveston to Abilene sits at right about one month. And it’ll be at least four months after leaving Galveston before he arrives at his final destination – Denver.

His lengthy travel time isn’t a result of delayed flights, slow traffic or tourist stops. Robinson is traveling on foot from Galveston to Denver and will walk through Abilene April 29 as part of that trek.

His walking journey of more than 1,300 miles is a fundraiser for a ministry to homeless teenagers in Denver. Dry Bones Ministry, begun by two Abilene Christian University alumni, connects homeless teens in downtown Denver with resources, nutrition, new friends, entertainment, and the Gospel.

On Thursday evening, Robinson will walk into Abilene and will stay until Saturday morning. Friday evening, he will speak at a dinner at 6 p.m. at Southern Hills Church of Christ. The dinner is $5 per person, and all funds will go to Dry Bones Ministry and Walking to Denver. Reserve tickets by calling 325-673-6497.

Buddy Mills, youth minister at University Church of Christ, is organizing the dinner and has joined Robinson for a portion of his walk on two different occasions during the last month.

Saturday morning, Robinson will begin to head out of Abilene and several ACU students and Abilene boy scouts will join him in walking at least as far as Merkel.

Robinson says he wants to spread awareness about the plight of homeless teenagers and the efforts of the cutting-edge Dry Bones Ministry.

"People always ask 'Why? Why are you doing this?'" Robinson said. "One reason I'm doing this is so they will ask. Then, I can tell them the story of these kids."

ACU alumni Jeff Medders and Matt Wallace began the Dry Bones Ministry in 2001. Medders has since started a Dry Bones Venice ministry in Venice Beach, Calif. The name Dry Bones is taken from chapter 37 of Ezekiel in the Bible. God tells Ezekiel that he will raise up dry bones to walk again, offering hope to the captive population of Israel. For more information on Dry Bones Denver, visit drybonesdenver.org.

Robinson serves on the board of directors for Dry Bones and is an avid backpacker and outdoorsman. He was already making multiple trips to Colorado each year and volunteering with Dry Bones Ministry.

For additional information on Walking to Denver, visit www.walkingtodenver.com.