Offering school supplies, hot dogs and drive thru prayers at the Living Water World Wide Ministry

Offering school supplies, hot dogs and drive thru prayers at the Living Water World Wide Ministry

[Living Water World Wide Ministry on 1058 East Main Street, Rochester, Youth Department Staff with Pastor Apostle Chalonda Harp. Except where indicated, all photos by David Kramer, 9/4/21]

Today, when biking on my way to the Rochester Public Market, I met a group of people I had never seen before: members of the Living Water World Wide Ministry giving out hot dogs, school supplies and a drive thru prayer experience.

9/4/21 David Kramer [Photo: Praise Leader Payge Jeffries]

As explained by Youth Pastor Tara Simpson, today was the Ministry’s first Back to School DRIVE THRU Prayer Experience. After giving drivers and passengers hot dogs and school supplies, for those interested, Apostle Chalonda Harp and others offered prayers: for protection, healing, financial and spiritual breakthroughs, against poverty, murder, the covid virus, or any other prayers people might need.

Sometimes people choose their prayer, but mostly Apostle Harp can sense what they need; she “feels it in the spirit.” Over fifteen vehicles stopped. Everyone — on foot, bike or by car — got a bag of school supplies and a dog hot off the grill.

(left) Missionary Jerrina Walker; (right) Praise Leader Payge Jeffries

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School supplies and hot dogs donated by members of the Living Water World Wide Ministry on 1058 East Main Street.


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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