OKEECHOBEE – Betty Osceola of the Miccosukee Tribe will lead a group of prayer warriors on a seven day, 110-mile walk around Lake Okeechobee, Feb. 6-12 for the Lake Okeechobee Prayer Walk. The walk will start at John Stretch Park at 8 a.m. on Feb. 6 and end in the same place, after circling the big lake, on Feb. 12 around 7 p.m.
“Again we walk to pray for the waters of Lake Okeechobee and humanity,” Osceola explained. “In these recent times it is more evident Nature is trying to rebalance and heal herself. We can either work with her, help her (the environment) and in turn heal ourselves. It is evident as the children of Mother Earth we need to reconnect with the natural world around us. All of us no matter what walks of life are connected by the water. Water knows no boundaries.
“This is a 110 mile walk over seven days. It is a peaceful non-violent prayer walk. Daily walking distance averages from 15 miles to 20 miles. Breaks points average 5 to 6 miles apart. Therefore, you must be in good physical condition to walk. We will be self reliant and camping in the elements. You must have your own food, water and camping gear. The weather can be rough and vary in extremes,” she continued.
“This prayer walk will be most arduous and will test you physically and mentally,” she warned. “Therefore, it is not for everyone. “We welcome and encourage prayer warriors from near and the world abroad to join us daily with prayer from the safety of your homes. Anyone joining this walk will be expected to follow our code of conduct and will be ask to leave the walk if they are disruptive and put the rest of the group at risks.
“If you plan to join this walk, please make sure you are healthy. If by the day before the start of the walk if you are exhibiting signs of fever, cough, flu, body aches (essentially COVID symptoms) or tested positive for COVID or was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, DO NOT join this walk.”
To sign up to join the walk, see the Lake Okeechobee Prayer Walk page on Facebook events.