KINGSPORT – More than 100 people turned out for the inaugural Prayers in the Park event Wednesday afternoon at Glen Bruce Park. From homeless people to elected officials and plenty of folks in between, the 15-minute event was organized by the Kingsport Homeless Ministry in an effort to bring attention to the city’s homeless population.
Members of the ministry reiterated their desire to create a day center and homeless shelter in town and urged everyone in attendance to contact their legislators about establishing a mental hospital somewhere in Northeast Tennessee.
Shades of Grace Pastor Will Shewey, who was hopeful 25 people would attend, said he was thrilled with Wednesday's turnout and hopes to hold similar events once a month. “The (homeless) problem is way bigger than we imagined,” remarked Bobby Flowers, the president of the Kingsport Homeless Ministry.