One Lancaster Bible College graduate is taking his faith to the streets - literally.

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LBC Grad Gives Away Possessions, Plans to Longboard Across the U.S.

December 6, 2017

Photo by Saundra Barker ('20)

Daniel Herman (’16) is planning a road trip across America – except he won’t be driving. He and two friends – Cody Atlmiller and Justin Matthews, his cousin – gave away most of their earthly possessions and plan to longboard across the country for the greater part of 2018.

Why, exactly, are they doing this? “This longboarding journey is the avenue that I have chosen to embark on,” said Herman. “Ultimately, I’m doing this because God has called me to adventure deeper with Him and to love everyone I come across.”

He acknowledges the move is unorthodox, but that seems to suit him well. A graduate of the college’s Intercultural Studies major, Herman spent much of his time at LBC studying God’s role as a missionary in the world and has taken that message to heart. “My ministry is to be Christ-like while testifying of the gospel of God's grace and walking in step with his Spirit,” explained Herman. “I chose this route because I desire to be radical.” Part of that includes giving away most his earthly possessions - down to his car. He says that’s all a part of what Jesus said about guarding ourselves against greed and a love of possessions in Luke 12. “The way I am guarding myself against that greed, in the form possessions, is by giving most of mine away,” he explained.

Herman is prepared for the physical toll of the trip. He started skateboarding when he was just 8 and picked up longboarding at 17. At 19, he longboarded 13 miles across the border of Michigan and Wisconsin. Then, at 20, he traversed a long stretch of Florida from Fort Meyers to Miami - a total of about 150 miles.

While Herman knows the journey will be difficult, he says he trusts the Lord to guide their path. “Our goal is to use this faith journey to glorify God through loving others, encouraging them, and serving people with the same love and service that Jesus did,” he explained. “Apart from Jesus we can do nothing, so we give Him all the praise!”

If you want to keep up with the trio’s trip across the U.S., you can follow them on Instagram here.

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