GALLIPOLIS — More than 150 Gallia County people walked to the Gallia County Courthouse, Washington Elementary School, Elizabeth Chapel Church and Gallipolis City Park on Wednesday to pray for various causes in community fellowship.
Pastor John O’Brien, of River City Fellowship Church, with support from fellow pastors, led attendants to Project 819 in prayer as they first met at the Gallipolis City Park at 6:30 p.m.
“We had the idea back in the window to get churches, pastors and leaders together to just pray for our community, collaborate with each other and hang out. Our community has so many challenges. (It was also) to pray for a spiritual awakening, which is needed in our area in Gallipolis,” O’Brien said. “Every church needs to be doing their best and their part. We need all the churches in town to be working together and to be healthy to really see these things happening.”
According to O’Brien, roughly a dozen churches attended from across Gallia County. He estimated close to 200 individuals to have been present for the event.
“One of the messages we want to spread is that the community of believers, as a whole, need to work together. Though our churches are different, have different nuances, I think that’s fine. The problems and challenges of our community are so great we need to work together,” O’Brien said. “Even if we only periodically do this (the prayer walk), then it’s going to create connections. Different churches are doing different ministries, so we don’t have to start a ministry that they may be doing. We can work together and maybe make each other’s ministries better, instead of competing. I feel a lot of times churches do that. I sense a heart in our community to not do that. That’s one of our main messages.”
Project 819’s name is inspired by the New Kings James Version Romans 8:19 which says,” For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”
After meeting at City Park, participants walked to the courthouse, where Jamie Sisson, of Fellowship of Faith Church, and Fred Williams, a Holzer Health System chaplain, led a prayer for local government, law enforcement, drug addiction and families in distress. Walkers then met outside Washington Elementary, where Thom Mollohan, of Pathway Community Church, and Doug Downs, of Gallipolis First Church of the Nazarene, prayed for Christian students’ protection and blessing.
Attendants then met outside Elizabeth Chapel Church, where Pastor Bill Thomas, of Grace United Methodist Church, and Jon Mollohan, of Vinton Baptist Church, prayed for pastors and churches to feel love, unity and encouragement for one another.
When participants ended their prayer walk in City Park, Heath Jenkins, of Vinton Baptist, and O’Brien prayed for the community “as a whole for spiritual awakening.”
Attendants then were treated to hot dogs and soft drinks.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.