Drive-thru prayer event offers encouragement, support for community after shootings
Drivers approaching the intersection of Main and Hampton in Darlington on the afternoon of July 3 had a unique opportunity to finish their workday with fellowship and support at a ‘drive-thru prayer’ event staged by local ministers. Spurred to action by the June 26 fatal shooting of two men on Kirven Street, a spokesman for the non-denominational event said it was organized to encourage churches to be more proactive.
“Really, the heart behind this thing is with the recent shooting that’s taken place. The churches have been reactive too long. Too many prayer vigils have happened and it’s time that we get active. The church has got to get out…and let the community know that we’re here for you before tragedy strikes, before evil rears its head,” said Pastor Kyle Meyer with Great Commission Ministries. “Our community is hurting right now, and they need to know that the instrument of the church that God gave to the Earth is here not just for healing, but for help before trouble ever even comes.”
Those who stopped for a moment of prayer were joined by pastors and volunteers in a prayer circle to entreat the Lord for guidance, strength, and peace.