First Annual River Region Prayer Walk Draws Large Crowd to Capitol


By Brittany Bivins

More than 150 people gathered at the Union Station train shed this morning for the First Annual River Region Prayer Walk. Participants gathered for about half an hour of prayer before a 5K around the Capitol City.

Organizers say it's an event two years in the making. "I was overwhelmed with tears when I walked through the train shed this morning, this is such a praise and it's all for Him and his kingdom, so words can't describe the joy that I am feeling on His behalf today," said Brooke Freeman, Co-Leader.

The idea started with members of Vaughn Forest Church, but expanded as an invitation to everyone in the River Region. "I think it's wonderful thing. We believers, and not all us know one another, and share the same burden for our city, state and nation together," said Connie Norris, who attended the walk.

Prayers focused on specific groups, like local businesses, rescue workers, nation leaders and state and local government. Gretel Felton, who heard about the walk from a church group, said national events moved her to attend. "I think people, some people, have lost hope and I think God can bring hope to this nation and to this city and this region," she said.

The group begin outlining concrete plans in May, said Lainey Goen, Co-Leader of the event. "It was just high time. It was high time that the churches and believers in this region came together and as a concert of prayer to our Father, that we come before His throne in unity," she said.

Many walkers told CBS 8 unity was the theme of the day. "This is not just for Montgomery. This is for the region and so we pray for our state, we pray for the country, we pray for the region and we pray for the whole entire nation," added Felton.

A concert and refreshments followed the event, which organizers hope to make an annual tradition.

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