Prayer stations pop up in Louisville

Prayer stations pop up in Louisville
Alyson Johnson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Alyson Johnson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nic Schrieber (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nic Schrieber (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Baylee Barnett (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Baylee Barnett (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Around downtown Louisville, a temporary set-up is hoping to make a lasting impact on the city.
 
"Can I pray with you?" asked student Alyson Johnson.

Johnson and hundreds of other students are in Louisville for the Challenge Conference, a Christian conference for students hosted by the Evangelical Free Church of America.
 
Every two years, the conference is held in a different city, with the same mission; to make an impact. The students plan service projects and open up prayer stations, where they offer to pray with folks passing by.
 
"We spend two years planning different outreach projects or different ways to do prayer stations or prayer walks through the city so when we leave, we're at least able to have an impact," Challenge Outreach Director Nic Schrieber said.

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These hundreds of students set up eight prayer stations across Louisville and planned multiple service projects to clean up parks within the city.
 
But little did the group know, the prayer stations came at an appropriate time, according to some people they've prayed with.
 
"There's a few people who said there have been shootings and said just to pray for their neighborhood," student Baylee Barnett said.
 
The prayer stations popped up at a time when the city of Louisville reached more than 50 homicides so far this year.
 
"There have been people who have just broke down crying, because they're so thankful at this specific time, were praying for them," Shriver said.
 
The group said it's not a coincidence that they showed up when they did and believe it's part of a greater plan that they are thrilled to be a part of.
 
"I love it, just waving at people, having them wave back. It's so great, just to make a little difference in the world you know," Barnett said.
 
The stations will be set up at eight different locations throughout downtown Louisville and open until 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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