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Dozens join prayer walk
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Brent Nunley goes over the route of the prayer walk to the dozens of people who showed up to participate Saturday. Nunley and his wife were inspired to organize the event after learning of several similar events being held in Washington D.C. and other locations around the country. - photo by Chris Simones

An event planned for Washington D.C. inspired a local man to think globally and act locally.

“My wife and I were considering traveling to Washington to participate in their prayer walk when it occurred to us we could do the same thing right here in McMinnville,” said prayer walk organizer Brent Nunley. “It was all planned and organized from our kitchen table.”

Dozens of participants began arriving at the fountain on Court Square for the walk which was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Nunley outlined the walk’s seven stops to the crowd and said a prayer before they disembarked.

“We had a corporate prayer at the first and last stops,” Nunley said. “At all the other stops we had a silent prayer.”

The first leg of the prayer walk was from the fountain to the Farmers Market. 

From there, the group walked to Security Federal and then to Riverfront Park. Walkers then took the greenway to the dam at Pepper Branch Park and worked their way back up South High Street to the Blue Building. The 2.5-mile walk concluded at the courthouse.

“We had a great turnout, especially when you consider this was the first year we’ve done it and that we just kind of put it together recently,” said Nunley. “We had people from many different churches and that was great to see.”

Nunley is unsure if the prayer walk will be a yearly event.

“We’ll just see if it’s the Lord’s will,” Nunley said. “If he leads us that way then we’ll follow.”