He walks across America telling people about Jesus Christ and praying for the country: its people, crops and livestock.
His third 3,300-mile walk brought him to Union County on Wednesday.
“Some people think I’m crazy and some think I’m a holy man,” said Della Valle. “I’m not sure which one is right.”
The 4’8” Della Valle is hard to miss since he completes his journeys dressed as Zacchaeus — a first century tax collector.
“If I did it in a T-shirt and jeans, no one would notice,” Della Valle said.
In 2001, he walked 3,300 miles on a journey that started in St. Augustine, FL, and ended at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. He walked 100 miles for every year that Jesus walked the earth.
In 2005, he walked another 3,300 miles starting in Philadelphia and ending in Albuquerque, NM.
Della Valle is now in the middle of his third 3,300-mile walk, which started in Kansas and will most likely end in Florida.
He does not make these trips alone, however. His wife, Lucy, is behind him the whole way in an RV where they sleep at night. Nick and Lucy are also storytellers who work with Breath of Christ Ministries in Kansas. When they aren’t traveling around America walking and talking for Christ, they share the gospel through dramatic re-enactments of “Zacchaeus,” “The Innkeeper of Bethlehem” and “The Boy, The Loaves and The Fishes.”
The purpose of the walks and re-enactments is to create awareness.
“People often wonder why things go wrong in their lives,” Della Valle said. “Maybe if we draw a little closer to Him, He will draw a little closer to us.”
More information about the ministry can be found at www.ChristWalk.us.