Park and Pray event at WBMC

By JAMES PHILLIPS
Posted 4/1/20

A park and pray event will take place tonight (Wednesday, April 1) at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper after being organized basically overnight by a local minister.

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Park and Pray event at WBMC

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A park and pray event will take place tonight (Wednesday, April 1) at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper after being organized basically overnight by a local minister.

Alan Beasley, pastor at First United Methodist Church in downtown Jasper, said he was inspired to organize the effort after seeing it take place in other parts of the country. Beasley had organized a prayer event on Monday night where Jasper residents were asked to go into their driveways and prayer for certain issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“There was a tremendous response on Facebook to asking people to pray in their driveways, and this effort has seen 10 times that response, while I only posted it at 9 p.m. last night,” Beasley told the Daily Mountain Eagle on Tuesday afternoon. “Workers in the medical field are more stressed by this pandemic that just about anyone, and they could use the support from the Christian community, and that is what we are called to do.”

Beasley is asking area residents to park at the hospital parking lot by 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, April 1). He asks that people please remain in their cars the entire time.

“This is all in line with anything the government has asked us to do as long as we fight the urge to get out of our cars and hug the neck of someone we haven’t seen in a while,” Beasley said. “I will be playing worship music across the parking lot. At 7:20, I will play “The Blessing” as we pray blessing and favor over the medical community.”

Beasley said he wants the event to show the power of prayer, but to also be a way the entire community shows support for medical professionals.

“There are 650 parking spaces that surround Walker Baptist. It would be awesome if all those spaces were full. What a show of support that would be,” he said.

For more information about the event, search “Park and Pray at Walker Baptist Medical Center” on Facebook. Beasley said he would post some prayer direction on the event page today as well.