Cibolo church leaders offer curbside prayers



Cibolo area church leaders gathered on Main Street in Cibolo outside St. Paul’s Evangelical Church to pray for people driving by, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a day set aside in his honor.

Cibolo Mayor Stosh Boyle helped bring together spiritual leaders from St. Paul’s, Everyday Christian Fellowship, and Refuge Church of San Antonio in Cibolo to offer a drive-by prayer service on Jan. 18. Tables with boxes of doughnuts were set up, neon cardboard signs were drawn, and a half-dozen church members stood by, inviting passing motorists to pull over to be prayed upon.

“We wanted to do something in light of MLK Day and honor Dr. Martin Luther King. We wanted to honor our residents, to bring folks together,” Boyle said.


From 7-9:30 a.m., and again from 3:30-6 p.m., Boyle and the church members stood by, ready to offer prayer and words of comfort for anyone driving past. Motorists honked, many waved, and some stopped to chat with the group on their way to or home from work. Several pulled over, exited their vehicles, and joined the pastors curbside for a word of prayer and encouragement.

Refuge Church pastor Terrin Phillips and two members of his congregation stood on the sidewalk that afternoon in front of St. Paul’s, just across the street from Cibolo City Hall, where Boyle and the city’s council members meet to manage and direct the city’s affairs for its citizens.

But this day would be focused on Cibolo’s residents in a different light.

“Representatives from different churches in the community stepped in and donated time and we’re just trying to reach as many people as we can,” Boyle said. “We want to set the tone right for 2021 and make sure we do our best to bring the community together.”

Phillips, whose congregation meets at the Cibolo Family YMCA, said he happily responded to Boyle’s request.

“So many people in our community are hurting. This is about a group of guy’s churches coming together and saying, ‘Look people, it’s not about the things we disagree on, we’re going to put that stuff aside and we’re going to pray,’” Phillips said.

“Every car that comes by, I’m praying for them whether they stop, or they don’t. We all need it, we’re all a little messed up during this time,” Phillips added.

He is one of the founders of Refuge Church, formed 7 ½ years ago. He was joined that afternoon by Refuge Church children’s pastor Sarah Uhlhorn, and church member Omar Rivera, who held signs announcing the drive-up prayer effort. Also on hand that Monday afternoon was Cibolo City Councilman Joel Hicks.

“The common denominator between all of us out here now is Jesus Christ,” Phillips said. “And to me, that’s the most important thing,” the pastor said.

Phillips told of how the people he meets and the congregants he talks with have spoken of the hardships and personal strife suffered during the past year, when the Covid-19 pandemic began to affect people’s lives, and livelihoods.

“Our world can go to hell in a hand basket, and it seems sometimes like it is,” he said. “In the world that we live right now, you can love people, even people who see things differently than you. You can love them; you don’t have to be so contrary with people.

“I just keep my eyes focused on Him,” the pastor added. “He’s helped me and, whether people like to admit it or not, he’s can change people’s lives.”

Boyle said the day’s gathering would likely become a monthly event, a Cibolo Drive-Up Prayer Service, to be staged at different points throughout the city.

“With something new like this it’s all trial and error. But the recipe’s been good so far,” Boyle said.

jflinn@express-news.net



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