Bringing out the Best: Hundreds flock to Cullman Regional for hour of prayer

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Cars packed the parking lot in front of Cullman Regional Wednesday night for an hour of prayer. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – As hospitals around the country and around the world are ravaged with cases of COVID-19, a group of Cullman residents decided to let their faith give hope and inspiration to the staff and patients at Cullman Regional. With less than 72 hours of preparation, the group worked with Ron Mosley, Jr. from 92.1 WKUL and Jay Fuller from Cullman’s Live 95.5 to record some messages and prayers so that people who attended could tune in on their radios and participate from their cars without breaking social distancing protocols. The turnout was estimated to be around 50 cars in the front parking lot and over 100 in the rear lot, where speakers were broadcasting the music and messages for people inside the hospital without access to a radio.

Karen Campbell, one of the event’s organizers, said the idea was inspired by a similar event she and Denise Hunter, another organizer, saw in Georgia where people played music for the hospital workers and patients.

“What better way to give back to our loving community hospital than to come together and pray,” Campbell commented.

She also said that despite the short planning period, the radio broadcasters really helped to smooth everything out so that all people had to do was just tune in.

Due to the sheer number of people who showed up and the important social distancing protocols to prevent the spreading of disease, attendees were required to stay in or near their cars for the duration of the service. However, participants were still able to give visible signs of their support to the staff and patients by putting on their hazard lights and honking their horns, so anyone in the hospital could hear them or look out nearly any window and see them.

After the service concluded, Hunter offered a few comments about how she felt the whole thing went.

“It was just beautiful seeing God’s glory magnified the way it was. He was most definitely there last night with us. It was such a blessing to work with Karen and everyone else that was involved. God brings us together for a reason and this was definitely a win for His kingdom.”

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Heather Mann

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