Former US Army Ranger to hike 223 miles to raise awareness for foster children in Arkansas

March 19, 2020

 

A former United States Army Ranger is using his past experiences and his passion for the outdoors to impact and raise awareness for foster children in Arkansas.

Next month, Jeremy Woodall, campus minister at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will hike alone 223 miles in 14 days on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail to aid Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries/ Connected Foster Care ministry. Connected is a private, licensed foster care placement service that works with the state to place children in safe, loving homes.

Woodall’s “Hiking For Homes” trek will begin April 18, starting in Oklahoma and ending May 2 with a celebration at Pinnacle Mountain Park in Little Rock.

Woodall is seeking to raise $22,300, asking 223 donors to contribute $100. “This will take a community,” shared Woodall. “There are 223 miles along the trail, and I am looking for at least 223 individuals to become a community of support to raise money and awareness for the foster children and families of Arkansas.

“I’ll hike; will you help?”

A native of Monticello, Woodall has long dreamed of using his desire to hike the Ouachita Trail to make an impact for the Kingdom of God. Through his relationship with Joshua Townsend, director of development for the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, that dream became a reality in the form of the “2020 Hiking For Homes” initiative.

“Jeremy is a perfect example of someone using their natural gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the children and families of Arkansas,” shared Townsend. “He is creating an opportunity for all of us to form a community of support for the children who need it most.”

Woodall says he wants to play a small part in giving back to a ministry (Baptist Home in Monticello) that has blessed his hometown and the state of Arkansas for many years and to help pave the way for the children of Arkansas to find healthy homes.

“Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries has done so much for our state and my community in particular,” he said. “I realize this can be a small token of my vast appreciation for this ministry. I am not just hoping to raise money, I am hoping to raise awareness. I pray both meet the countless needs that we have in our state for healthy homes.”

COVID-19 will most likely not hinder the hike, noted Woodall during a recent practice hike. “We are absolutely planning on getting on the trail April 18 and finishing May 2. I am monitoring what is going on around us just like you; as long as I’m healthy and my family is healthy I will be good to go.”

For information or to donate, go to hikingforhomes.org. Follow Woodall’s hike on Instagram at  https://www.instagram.com/hiking4homes/

 “Jeremy knows that we cannot walk in the shoes of foster children, so he is going to walk 223 miles for them,” said Townsend.

 

 

 

Hiking For Homes update. You can give your tax deductible gift today at www.hikingforhomes.com !

Posted by Jeremy Woodall on Sunday, March 15, 2020