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On October 15, 2021, Rev. Dr. Johannes J. Christian, 70, of Columbus, Ohio, will begin to walk the 400 miles from Columbus, Ohio, to Washington, D.C. He plans to arrive at the Monument to Martin Luther King, Jr. on October 30, 2021
Dr. Johannes Christian is the Face of Forgiveness Foundation founder, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about victimization and the power of forgiveness while living with a disability.
REV. DR. JOHANNES J. CHRISTIAN
A troubled youth severely injured Rev. Dr. Johannes J. Christian in a rock-throwing incident on July 9, 2001. This event, which captured the nation’s attention, almost ended his life and changed it forever. Because of the injuries he sustained, he has endured over 40 massive facial reconstruction surgeries.
Dr. Christian faces a world of darkness, as he lost both of his eyes because of this life-changing event. In addition, this crime caused two state laws to be changed, stiffening the penalty for propelling objects from bridges and highway overpasses.
The loss of his sight clarified Dr. Christian’s mission and ministry of focusing on forgiveness. He believes that in order to heal, it is important to forgive. His teachings emphasize the importance of forgiveness regardless of the circumstances. Dr. Christian has authored several books about forgiveness and is currently a radio personality on the CJoy Internet network. He resides in Columbus, Ohio.
THE REASONS FOR UNDERTAKING THIS EVENT
Dr. Christian forgave the teenager, as outlined in his book, The Face of Forgiveness, despite the loss of his sight. He then sought to create public awareness to overcome adversity and victimization.
Dr. Christian said, “My want is that all people would stop and think about the things that keep our country from being united. In our personal lives, in our community, and our world.
With the walk from Columbus, Ohio to Washington D.C., Dr. Christian offers a daring new perspective: “Disregard the negativity that divides us. Christian said. “If the rhetoric you hear from someone offends you, come to a peaceful, united front. Step toward Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Unity: “Hear what they are saying, then come to a resolution on how their rhetoric affects you and your community and change the negativity to a peaceful and positive outcome,” said Christian.
Unity is the ultimate goal. More to the point, it begins when we’re willing to push through and move forward with each other. But at the heart of Unity is the question of Forgiveness and Reconciliation. “If we don’t really deal with it,” said Dr. Christian, “We’ll never get to unity; we can’t love somebody equally if we see them as less than.”
Dr. Christian and the organizers of the Forgiveness and Reconciliation Uniting America Walk hope to bring continued focus, conversation, and action to efforts aimed at true forgiveness and healing, especially in times of harm, anger, fear, concern, and hopelessness. In addition, we hope to bring this unique and powerful conversation to the nation.
Funds raised will benefit the MOBILE Center for Independent Living & Face of Forgiveness Foundation.
• Friday, October 15, 2021: Columbus, OH to Reynoldsburg, OH, Hebron, OH, and Gratiot, OH
• Saturday, October 16, 2021: Gratiot, OH, to Zanesville OH to Cambridge, OH
• Sunday, October 17, 2021: Cambridge OH, to Barnesville, OH
• Monday, October 18, 2021: Barnesville, Oh, to Wheeling, WV – Rally in Wheeling, WV
• Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Wheeling, WV to Graysville, PA
• Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Graysville, PA to Waynesburg PA, to Carmichael, PA
• Thursday, October 21, 2021: Carmichael, PA to Masontown, PA to Haydentown, PA to Wharton Township, PA
• Friday, October 22, 2021: Wharton Township, PA to Farmington, PA to Addison, PA
• Saturday, October 23, 2021: Addison PA to Grantsville PA, to Frostburg, PA
• Sunday, October 24, 2021: Frostburg PA to Springfield WV
• Monday, October 25, 2021: Springfield WV to Capon Bridge, WV
• Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Capon Bridge, WV to Winchester, VA to Berryville, VA
• Wednesday, October 27, 2021: Berryville, VA to Leesburg, VA
• Thursday, October 28, 2021: Leesburg, VA to Vienna, VA
• Friday, October 29, 2021: Vienna, VA to Washington DC
WALK WITH DR. CHRISTIAN ON THE LAST 3 MILES OF HIS WALK AND CELEBRATE WITH HIM AT THE RALLY.
Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial in Lincoln Park (13th Street & E. Capitol Street)
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Time: Gather: 8:00; Step Off: 8:30
Walk Route: Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial in Lincoln Park to Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Memorial
FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION UNITING AMERICA RALLY 2021
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Memorial
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
All Covid-19 precautions and protocols, including face coverings, will be observed for your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those around you.
FORGIVENESS WALK ROYAL CELEBRATION DINNER – A BLACK-TIE EVENT
Location: St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church – 13505 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Springs, MD 20904
Date: October 30th, 2021
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Price: $20 per Child & $40 per adult
Program: Get together with us to celebrate the culmination of Dr. Johannes J. Christian’s Forgiveness Walk. Certainly, a night of empowerment and inspiration.
EVENT ACCOMMODATION & HEADQUARTERS
Hilton Garden Inn Silver Springs White Oak
2200 Broadbirch Drive
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
Your path to forgiveness and freedom is just a ticket away.
To participate in Dr. Christian’s walk financially, please donate generously at https://givebu/ySXVJGtter.com.
To find out more about the Face of Forgiveness Foundation and for more information on Dr. Christian’s walk, please visit https://www.faceofforgiveness.org.
Rev. Dr. Johannes Christian and The Face of Forgiveness Foundation would like to thank all the sponsors, including:
- Wendy’s – Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
- Steve Sughrim, Owner/CEO at DominionHeir Lifestyle – MyDHLife
- Hope Token, Dave Basse
- Limitless Video Productions, Justin Higgins
- Just to mention a few.
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