(BEDFORD) – A local ministry trying to provide help and hope to those who would not normally attend church was held on the square in Bedford Friday evening.
Ginny Fullen and Jennifer Richason held a virtual sleepout on the Lawrence County Courthouse Square. Another ministry named “Reaching out into the City”, organized by Ressurection Life Ministries in Mitchell, was conducting outreach to Bedford residents Friday evening.
“We have had great success in our first outreach in the Mitchell community, praying with men and women who needed prayer and who were facing some difficult times,” said Lakindra Harper who was part of the group Friday evening.
“We wanted to reach those that consider themselves outcasts of society and pray with them. Some of these people will never go inside a church, so we decided to bring the church to them,” said Pastor Johnny Hearld of Resurrection Life Ministries in Mitchell.
There were about 20 people who took part in Friday’s outreach, with a local business owner asking the group to pray with him. His business is located on the Northwest corner of the square.
A 16-year old brought his guitar to play music and held up signs to communicate their message to the community.
Others asked the group to pray with them as they dealt with other personal issues. Many stayed and talked to the group on the square raising awareness of homelessness and drug/alcohol issues. The goal was to let those know who are experiencing homelessness there is hope.
The group plans to have other public meetings in other places in Lawrence County. They say they will be praying about it and let the Holy Spirit lead them to what God wants them to do.