One church keeps Joshua Walk alive

Published 10:02 am Thursday, July 28, 2011

And the walk goes on. That’s what the members of Greater Faith Apostolic Church are doing to keep up the spiritual momentum of this summer’s Joshua Walk.

In mid June hundreds of Christians moved passed denominational differences to join in a week’s worth of evening prayer walks around the perimeter of Ironton. The event was organized at Central Christian Church.

“I was really surprised with the effort that our church did (with the walk),” Greater Faith pastor Jeremy Sherrill said. “We saw the good thing that was coming. Every night that whole week, we had 30 to 40 people show up. We are not a big congregation and our folks got behind the initiative.”

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Now every Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. at the Greater Faith’s parking lot, its members take a smaller version of the Joshua Walk to the streets of the city.

“We liked what was going on, what God was doing with the effort,” Sherrill said. “We had a desire to keep it going.”

The original Joshua Walk went on for seven days as church groups walked each evening an assigned section of the city outskirts, saying prayers for the economic solvency of the city, the spiritual growth of its people and healing for the area.

“I was impressed with how well it was put together … how organized,” Sherrill said. “I was most impressed by the amount of churches involved. Sometimes when one church gets the vision, it is hard for local assemblies to catch the vision. … it was for the greater good for the city, the church community, our community as a whole.”

Greater Faith’s walk is following the same lines with many of the same prayer requests.

“The economy is an issue, obviously around here and globally,” Sherrill said.

Already Sherrill’s congregation has seen the effects of dedicated, collective prayer as their church looks to expand its physical structure.

Recently during a Sunday night service a special collection brought in $11,000 in cash and pledges for a building fund.

“We received spontaneously offerings that this was for our building fund,” he said. “The thing about the economy is you do it God’s way and give it in God’s word, God will bless you back.”

Anyone wishing to join Greater Faith’s walk, can come to the church every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

“I do believe in the power of unified prayer,” Sherrill said. “Something was birthed in our hearts doing the Joshua Walk. We have a burden for prayer for the city.”