My name is Daniel Garcia. I was born in Spanish Harlem and have served in the US Marine Corps and law enforcement. I am now an evangelist and ordained minister. Since 1996, by the grace of God, I have walked more than 26,000 miles around the world on six continents for children and world peace. My next walk, by faith: Global Prayer Walks in major cities in the US. God has told me to walk and pray for the United States, the leaders of our nation, and veterans. I am asking everyone to pray for peace and healing for our world and to make a love gift of at least $1 USD.
Introduction:Intro Video "The Child" Video 911 Walk Video
A visit with the pope:Letter from the Vatican Photo of Danny and
A letter from President Bill ClintonView Letter
A letter from President Ronald ReaganView Letter
A letter from President Jimmy CarterView Letter
A letter from King HusseinView Letter
A letter from the Prince of WhalesView Letter
Chaplain Barry BlackView Photo
Danny provided M.J.'s attorneys with a 14x48ft mural of "The Child" that Mario Torero painted with the support of Gannett Outdoor Advertising. This particular mural was part of Pope John Paul II's visit to L.A. and was placed at the border of Tia Juana and the entrance of the Holland Tunnel.
Though this mural continued to travel throughout the world once it was returned, a smaller replica of The Child was provided to M.J.
The day that M.J. died Danny walked from 125th St. in Harlem to Ground Zero.
Queen NoorView Photo
Prince Albert II
Prince Albert II sent a signed book to Danny when he completed his walk along the French Riviera and throughout Monaco.View Letter
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
In 1979 a reproduction of "The Child", by Mario Torero was presented to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir as a symbol of peace and hope at his office in Israel.
Danny stopped in Cambria and presented president Nelson Mandela with a Jubilennium candle in conjunction with the UN celebration during his walk from Perth to Sydney, Australia, for the Olympics.
While walking in Chicago, Danny stopped and presented his walking stick to one of Oprah's employees at her TV station. It was a gift for her as a symbol of love for all of those she has touched.
Richie Havens performed at Woodstock for more than 400,000 people. Danny was one of many who helped promote the concert in New York City. Several years later Danny presented Richie with a copy of the painting, "The Child", across the street from the UN.
Muhammad AliView Photo
Danny presented Muhammad Ali with a large portrait at the Long Beach Convention Center. The painting titled, "The Arrangement", by Gabriel Acevedo pictured an Indian man dressed in his native clothing.
Danny provided a reproduction of the painting "The Child" by Mario Torero to the Our Lady of Angels Catholic School in San Diego. The painting was presented to Mother Teresa as a gift.
Danny presented a reproduction of the painting, "The Child", by Mario Torero, to Stevie Wonder with his brother at his side in his dressing room at the San Diego sports arena Dec 8th, 1980, the day that John Lennon was killed.
David Yonggi Cho
Danny presented a reproduction of the painting, "The Child", by Mario Torero.
Danny presented a gift to Ralph Bunche's foundation to honor his efforts for peace. Relph received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his mediation in Palestine in the 1940's.
Danny worked on a security detail to protect Jonas and also presented him a gift to honor his work in developing the polio vaccine.
General Charles Krulak
General Krulak served as Danny's commanding officer during his time in the Marine Corps.Meritorious Mast Letter from General Krulak
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
While walking in Israel, Danny presented the Prime Minister with one of his walking sticks.View Letter
That night, though, would not see me to the next day in the same state of mind or state of being. That night in my living room, under the influence of several drugs and alcohol, I experienced something weird. Something I could not control….something was happening to me; I knew that “something” was terribly wrong. In a moment, I felt my spirit leaving my body, a wrenching separation and tearing from deep within, as my spirit inside me was leaving my physical body: literally coming out of me. What I could sense was the feeling that my feet were being lifted from the floor, as if life were being drawn out of me. I did not feel physical pain, yet I felt I was dying. All my life I had been in control and never let fear consume me; now, I was terrified.
"Therefore I am terrified at His presence; when I consider this, I am afraid of Him." Job 23:15
Time slowed and my thoughts raced instantaneously. I knew in that twinkling of an eye that if I died, I would go to hell because of all the bad things I had done in my life. I was taught in Catholic school that if you died in the state of mortal sin, you would go to hell, an eternal place of fire and torment. Eternity flashed before me and I heard an audible voice through time, space, and spirit say:
"Which way do you chose? Life or death? You must choose now."
The voice enveloped my thoughts. Although I had not been in church in over 25 years, I knew I was lost, had no hope, and was going to hell. I was completely petrified, and for the first time in my entire life, I was truly afraid and frightened beyond comprehension. With every fiber of my being and a gasp of the fleeting breath left inside of me, I screamed:
"JESUS, save me!"
With those words from my mouth, my spirit jumped back into my body. I experienced the terrible FEAR of God. Knowingly, I had forsaken his teachings instilled in me in Catholic school; I silenced his voice when he would instruct me and advise me; I had turned from Him and disobeyed his laws. In a flash, the Lord gave me a choice of life or death, and it was a choice of both physical and spiritually proportions. By calling on the name of Jesus Christ, I CHOSE LIFE and was saved spiritually – the moment of my salvation from death and beginning of transformation to a new life. THIS WAS A MIRACLE.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners"
Isaiah 61:1 NIV