Alice Snodgrass and Dr. Blaine Jones at last year's prayer walk. Jeff Bobo photo.
ROGERSVILLE — Inmates will have an opportunity to share their testimony with the people who are praying for them during the third annual Hawkins County Justice Center Prayer Walk, scheduled for April 6 in Rogersville.
The Rogersville-based Christian organization "Expecting God's Help" (EGH) founded the event in 2012 to pray for those suffering drug and alcohol addiction, the family members of addicts and especially their children.
"Our goal was to organize Christian believers, to have prayer together and pray for those issues specifically," said Dr. Blaine Jones, EGH co-founder. "We did the same thing for the 2013 event. You see it every day. Drug busts here. Drug busts there. Then you go to court and see actual success stories of people going through Judge (Todd) Ross' drug court, and being successful."
Jones added, "So we think that through prayer, our prayers are being answered and things are hopefully getting turned back around and will head the right way."
Although the 2014 event will maintain the original focus, Jones said the event will also be an opportunity to thank God for answering past prayers.
"We know there are prayer groups inside that jail that we'll be walking around," Jones said. "We are actually going to see if we can get some of the inmates to give testimonies this year."
EGH is hoping all of Hawkins County and surrounding areas will unite in prayer during the event at the Hawkins County Justice Center on Sunday, April 6, beginning at 3 p.m.
There will be 20 prayer stations set up around the Justice Center, with focused prayers planned for multiple needs as well as prayers of thanksgiving.
Needs and prayers will range from unity of the believers, prayers for our schools, prayers for law enforcement, to prayers for marriages, homes and families to be healed.
Organizers are urging attendees to plan to come earlier than the 3 p.m. starting time.
"There will be no parking allowed at the Justice Center parking lot except for handicapped individuals who have the approved license tags indicating such," said co-organizer Alice Snodgrass. "We are planning to utilize parking areas at the Rogersville City Park, East Rogersville Baptist Church, the Rogersville Middle School and First Baptist Church lot just off Main Street. We will have buses and vans shuttling through these areas starting at 2:30 p.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon until everyone has had an opportunity to come to the Justice Center."
Volunteers will be in all lots to direct visitors to where the transportation pickup will occur.
The drop off area at the Justice Center will have volunteers to greet attendees and show them where they can sign up for the e-newsletter and other information.
They will be given a program with instructions on what to pray for at each of the 20 assigned stations.
EGH will be selling T-shirts as a fundraiser to help offset costs of this and other events they are planning.