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Stockton Church Serves Community by Offerering Drive Thru Prayer to Motorists

Drive Thru’s usually consist of burgers fries and sodas, but Calvary First Assembly of God Church in Stockton, Calif., is offering up something different on their menu: prayer.

On the city’s “Serve Our Stockton Day” the parishioners of the church lined up along the sides of the streets holding signs asking drivers if they needed prayer.

“We spend some time praying for them and they drive right on out and go about their business,” said the church’s pastor, Larry Rust, to Fox 40 news.

Rust believes this style of offering prayer is efficient in today’s society where everyone is constantly on the go. “I think one of the things we realize is that we live in a very busy society,” said Rust.

The pastor also believes that prayer is exactly what Stockton residents need at this time.

“Just a lot of different needs, the crisis that Stockton is in and people are hurting today and we believe that prayer is the answer to that,” said Rust. “And the needs have the church praying for things like people’s finances, their children, their marriages, their foreclosures and their physical needs.”

“We just came here to get prayed for to make our life easier,” said Taliyatha Hill, a woman who pulled up with her family for a quick prayer, to Fox 40 News.

But this is not the first time churches have offered Drive Thru prayer.

Back in April, it was reported that Chandler Church in Texas was using this same method of offering prayer.

Pastor Roger Storms and Matt Myers of Chandler Church explained in an interview that Drive Thru prayer was very successful in reaching people outside the church and highly beneficial to the community.

They also said they were not trivializing prayer using this method and that the response from the community was positive.

Back in 2009, ABC reported on Matthew Cordell of Queen Creek Arizona, a man who also offered prayer to drivers by setting up a stand on the side of the road.

Drive Thru prayer seems to be spreading.

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