Pastor travels half way round the world to prayer walk Irish border following prompt from God


Jarrod McKenna from Cornerstone Church, Perth, set out on the 31st October to walk the 499km border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and pray ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU.

An open border has been in place between the two countries allowing free passage of people since 1923 and preventing a hard border in the region has been a point of contention throughout Brexit negotiations.


McKenna, whose ancestors came from Ireland, told Premier he felt lead to serve communities impacted by the recent discussions over the Irish backstop.

“I just remember writing down ‘peace pilgrimage’, I woke from a dream with a very strong sense that that was what God was asking me to do.

“Brexit means a lot of pain for a lot of people on all sides. When I had this dream, it was very clear that what was being asked of me was to walk in such a way where I can listen and listen to the pain that this isn’t about people talking politics from afar, but any talk of a border brings back for people and unearths trauma and pastorally wanting to listen in such a way where those things can be heard and healed.”



McKenna started his border walk in the Northern Irish town of Newry.

Over the course of ten days he has visited a number of towns along the borderline, listening to the stories of locals and praying for healing and…

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