Dana Goodwin was a busy housewife with too much to do when it was put on her heart to do the Greenup County Prayer Walk for the National Day of Prayer in 2005.
Eight years later, she is still promoting prayer and the prayer walk as a way to make the community better.
The walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, starting at Bridges Christian Church in Russell and going to Advance Memorial United Methodist Church in Flatwoods before circling back in a 1.5-mile loop.
“When I was first approached about it, I just kind of laughed,” she said. “I was so busy with my kids I didn’t think there was any way I could do it. Then I started being open to it.”
She prayed about it and the answer was yes she could do it.
The walk peaked in attendance a couple of years ago with more than 300 participants, but was down to around 200 last year. Goodwin said there are always school conflicts, track meets and baseball games.
“It seems like something is going on for everybody,” she said. “I remember a couple of years ago, when we didn’t have a track meet, the attendance was better because a lot of the kids came out.”
The walk, Goodwin said, is for young and old. It’s not a race, but a walk with prayer stations along the path. There will be transportation for walkers at the halfway point if they are too tired.
“I noticed there’s an event in Ashland that night, too, but it may end in time to come and do ours, too, if people want to blow out the National Day of Prayer,” Goodwin said. “We tell people this is for people from Greenup County or anybody who has any affliation with Greenup County.”
Goodwin said she remembered a year the group had a special prayer for the drug issues in Greenup County and the next week in the newspaper there was a story about a sizeable drug bust in South Shore.
“The Lord highlighted that to me,” she said. “The power of prayer is unbelievable.”
Also this year, participants are being asked to donate canned goods for Helping Hands in Greenup. Goodwin hopes to make that an annual part of the Greenup walk.
Meanwhile, Garner Baptist Church, in partnership with the Kyova Mall, will host a Boyd County NDP service at noon Thursday in the food court area. Music will start at 11:45 a.m., with the service at noon.
For more information, call the Garner church at (606) 928- 2440.
This is the 62nd year for the NDP. The theme “Pray for America” is based on Matthew 12:21: “In his name the nations will put their hope.”
NDP Task Force chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, said: “The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the almighty’s guidance, protection and blessing — not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.”
For more information about the prayer emphasis, visit nationaldayofprayer.org.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2648.