Saturday, August 10 was a beautiful, sunny morning for more than 50 area residents to congregate for a local Prayer Walk. Organized by Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, the Walk was designed to circle our Waynedale community schools and neighborhoods with prayer, just in time for Back to School.
The crowd met at 9 a.m. and broke into seven groups, each representing a different school. Maplewood Elementary School, Waynedale Elementary School, Miami Middle School, Saint Therese Catholic School, Avalon Missionary Preschool, Waynedale United Methodist Preschool and Mount Calvary Preschool were on the prayer route along with the surrounding neighborhoods of each. Prayers for the teachers, students, bus drivers, safety and young minds open to learning were brought forward. Other devotions included bullying, parental support, first time students and being good neighbors to the schools.
There were seven stations representing the schools set up at the church for those who couldn’t make the physical walk but wanted to participate in prayer.
One hour later, everyone reconvened back at Mount Calvary Family Life Center to enjoy trail mix and fresh watermelon while sharing their observations with the group. Many in the group were touched by what they experienced and felt encouraged for the upcoming new school year.
This first-time event was led by Peggy Roth, Mount Calvary Fellowship Director. She states “I had never participated in a Prayer Walk and had no idea how to plan one, but when God nudged me with this idea, I knew He had a purpose. That purpose was to bring our faith community together in a common goal of showing love for our neighbors and support for our area schools and staff. It surpassed my expectations! Thank you to all who participated and continued prayers for all our Waynedale neighbors.”