BOWLING GREEN — With an Israeli flag in one hand and an American flag in the other, Robyn Sweeney walks three days a week from downtown Bowling Green to the intersection of Campbell Lane and Scottsville Road and back.
"I'm not protesting," she said. "It's about souls."
Sweeney, who lives in Bowling Green, identifies herself as Christian, although she does not align herself with any one denomination.
She thinks that God has called her to walk Bowling Green's main thoroughfares carrying both flags to spread the word to all Christians that Israel is God's chosen land and all people should unite in peace as brothers and sisters in Christ.
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"I'm not against any of the nations. It's just for us to unite and join together," Sweeney said about her walks.
"The Israeli flag is for us to stand up for God and his people," she said.
Sweeney began her journey with the flags about three weeks ago and plans to continue walking every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for as long as she feels called to do so. She is hopeful that others will take this spiritual journey and walk with her.
She does not ask anyone for anything other than prayer and praise for God. But sometimes she encounters people who question her motives or give her a thumbs-up as they drive away. One man stopped to give her an umbrella just before a downpour.
Her pilgrimage has not been without struggle. She lost a factory job in 2009, which led to losing her home. For two years she lived in Bowling Green in her car. Occasionally, someone would take her in for a night or two. Those dark times, she says, were part of God's plan for her.
Sweeney now has a roof over her head and doesn't plan to let anything stand in the way of her walks.
"Peace, love and unity — it's in the Word," she said.