BY PAUL DOBBYN
33-year-old Youth Mission Team Australia (YMTA) member Samuel Clear once sold his possessions and between 2006 and 2008 covered 15,500 km over 568 days on a mission for Church unity.
He started walking in Brazil and went on to cover parts of South, Central and North America and Siberia and Spain as well.
In all, his journey encompassed 20 countries and 10 languages.
"While the mission was easy, the journey was hard", he later said.
"I was bashed and robbed at gun point and knife point.
"I got typhoid fever, salmonella poisoning, staph infections and had to endure temperatures ranging from 47 Celsius to -33 Celsius.”
Now married to Cat, Samuel grew up one of five children on isolated Flinders Island in Australia's southeast.
He attended St Patrick's College in Launceston, where he was the school captain in 1996 and captain and vice-captain of many of the college's sporting teams.
After graduating from university in 2001, he joined YMT Australia for one year of youth ministry, but never left, apart from his 568 days of 'leave without pay' while he walked the globe.
These days Samuel is managing director of INROADS, an arm of Harvest Pilgrimages, which enables high school students and young adults to participate in Christian mission experiences in other cultures.
"Trusting God hurts (and I'm not referring to the walk).
"But the beauty in life that comes from placing our trust in him overwhelms any other 'prize' we could attain."
Samuel is writing a book on his experiences which can also be explored further on the website www.walk4one.com
Around the world on foot (Catholic Leader)