Faith Walk Organized for Prayer, Encouragement
By: Andy Philpot
A Faith Walk has been organized for Saturday, June 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in Mena, beginning and ending at Janssen Park. This Faith Walk event is open to everyone to participate in, with no cost or commitment required to take part in an opportunity of spending time walking, praying, shedding stress, and communicating with God through a peaceful stroll at your own pace. The purpose of this walk is not competition, but rather connection.
The Faith Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside Janssen Park, with all participants leaving out from the circle driveway, but the journey of the walk then becomes the choice of each person. A path the equivalent of a 5K course will be mapped out throughout residential neighborhoods for anyone who wishes to go a full 3.2 miles on their Faith Walk. This course is completely optional, as each walker is encouraged to walk a path they can find peace and comfort in, no matter how long or short the journey, or where it leads them as they pray, connect with God, and find peace and encouragement. Walkers are encouraged to conclude their walk back at Janssen Park for water and snacks.
According to Toni Tilotta, event organizer, she was attending church on a Sunday morning, when she heard the pastor include the phrase “faith walk” in the sermon. She repeated the phrase within her mind, then felt a spiritual motivation to create an organized Faith Walk for area residents to take part in for faith and prayer. Multiple area churches have become involved, helping to create this opportunity for anyone who wishes to take part in it.
With the event scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., the amount of time spent walking is up to each walker, again with this not being a competition, but organized to be an opportunity. Upon returning to the park, participants will have the opportunity to visit with other participants, pray together, or just have a snack and enjoy the live music in the park. Church officials will also be available for anyone who would like to be prayed with or prayed for.
For those who aren’t able to be at the park as early as 8:00 a.m., they are still encouraged to join in as they can, taking part in the Faith Walk at their convenience, and rejoining the participants in the park as the conclude their path. For those seeking areas to pray for, there is a continual need for prayers for leaders, elections, our youth, our communities, our schools, the world, and so much more. This Faith Walk can also be an opportunity be grateful for all the blessings that fill our lives.
Registration will take place beginning at 7:30 a.m. on site at Janssen Park for this free event. The awards for this walk will be the blessings each walker will experience during their Faith Walk through peace, comfort, encouragement, enlightenment, and strength.
For more information, call 479-243-8459. Rain is not expected to cancel or postpone this event.
5-29-18 8:03 p.m.