Prayer walk set for Sunday
by Elane Jones
Apr 26, 2013 | 2809 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jennifer Smith
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Sunday afternoon members of several area communities will gather together as one on the courthouse steps in downtown Jasper to lay the drug culture in Walker County at God’s feet and pray for healing in their county.

The theme for the event will be “Walk Away” and everyone in Walker County is invited to come to the Walker County Courthouse Sunday at 2:30 p.m. where there will be singing and prayer before everyone adjourns at 3:16 to either walk or caravan to the different schools in Walker County to pray either individually or collectively for the schools and the children of our community.

“A lot of people are coming together for this event and I think it’s going to be a very special day,” said Jennifer Smith, a member of the Jasper City Council who is helping organize the event. “It started out with a meeting at the courthouse and walking to the schools in Jasper, but it has spread county-wide now, which I think is wonderful.”

Organizers said each person in attendance should choose a school of their choice as pray groups will be gathering at various locations throughout the county following the main gathering at the Walker County Courthouse.

In the community of Jasper, schools include Maddox, Walker, T.R. Simmons, West Jasper, North Highlands and Memorial Park. Other schools being added to the list include Curry, Carbon Hill, Dora/Sumiton, Cordova and Lupton.

“Things have reached a tipping point and if we don’t do something about the drug culture in our county it is going to ruin us,” said Al Blanton, another event organizer. “The purpose of this movement is to take a stand against the drugs in our respective communities, and convince our children to never do drugs.”

Organizers said each person in attendance should choose a school. Prayer groups will gather at various locations throughout the county following the gathering at the Walker County Courthouse.

T-shirts will be for sale and proceeds will benefit a new organization called, One Walker County, which is sponsoring Sunday’s event.

Blanton said the event was not about one individual or one denomination but is about what God can do in the community.

“We’re just going to lean on Him and place the drug culture in our county at His feet, and ask Him to take over our communities and transform them into the communities they really can be,” Blanton said. “We will all meet at the courthouse in downtown Jasper, and then either walk or caravan to the schools in our respective communities where we will be led by the Holy Spirit to pray either individually or collectively.”