People of faith throughout Georgia are finding unique ways to gather and pray for hospital workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic – and they’re following social distancing guidelines while doing it.
In Cartersville, Ga., hundreds gathered in their cars around the Cartersville Medical Center last Thursday to pray for the nurses and doctors. They tuned their radios to 91.7 FM, a local Christian station that plays worship songs.
Georgia is one of the epicenters of the coronavirus outbreak.
“I know people personally here that have been tested with the coronavirus. And one of our church members passed due to the coronavirus,” participant Jennifer Hyde told Atlanta’s Fox 5.
Best thing I’ve seen today. Doctors and Nurses singing “Waymaker” over the hospital they work at.— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) March 29, 2020
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Camden McGill helped organize the event. He said word about the event spread on social media.
“We’re called to be the hands and feet of Christ – and that’s exactly what we did today. We bombarded heaven with our prayers,” he told Atlanta’s 11 Alive. “... It’s just been a blessing.”
Hospital workers appreciated the prayers. Several workers stood on top of the hospital building, arms outstretched in worship, as Leeland’s Way Maker played on the radio. Other workers stood on the lawn.
“They are putting their lives at risk,” participant Lisa Shryock said, holding a sign reading, “Thank you. Praying for you.”
Michelle Anderson, who has worked at the hospital for 26 years, told Fox 5 she has “never been more proud to work here.”
“The community outpouring today is unbelievable,” she said.
Cartersville isn’t the only Georgia community to form an automobile prayer circle.
In Americus, Ga., members of a church surrounded Phoebe Sumter Medical Center on Saturday night in their cars to pray.
Citizens in Rome, Ga., have scheduled a prayer circle for this Wednesday, according to the Rome News-Tribune.
The White House’s coronavirus guidelines recommend that Americans avoid gatherings larger than 10 people.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.