Farmers’ Market Prayer Booth
Erica Bush of Aurora, center, was among prayer recipients at the downtown farmers market in Aurora, Ill., on July 20. With Bush are (from left) Tom Carter, Jill Orr and the Rev. Deborah Tinsley Taylor, pastor, all from Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora
As shoppers in Aurora, Ill., filled their bags with fresh fruit and vegetables at the local farmers market, they did not expect to see 20 people lining up to receive prayers.
The Rev. Deborah Tinsley Taylor, pastor of Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora, and a dozen church volunteers staffed the prayer booth. "This prayer ministry involves praying out loud for people who probably don't attend our church," Taylor says. "Their concerns may be small or great, but this can be a very positive and uplifting experience."
Jill Orr, a member of Fourth Street's worship committee, first proposed the prayer booth at the downtown farmers market. Orr said she and the other volunteers allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them as they laid hands on and prayed for those who were hurting.
The Aurora farmers market has been operating for 100 years, and the prayer booth began in 2012. Bilingual volunteers offer prayers in English and Spanish. Shoppers also receive free Bibles, prayer guides and bottled water. Baked goods are available for a donation.
Aurora resident Frances Martinez (standing left) was among prayer recipients at Aurora, Ill.'s, downtown farmers market on Saturday, July 20. Praying with her are (from left) the Rev. Deborah Tinsley Taylor, pastor, Jill Orr, Donna Mora and Jean Benson (standing), all from Fourth Street United Methodist Church.
"Prayer is the best wireless connection," Taylor says. "God answers knee-mail and God is only a prayer away."
The church last sponsored a prayer booth at the farmers market in July and will have the next one on Sept. 14.
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