For three days starting July 2, a simple wooden altar will sit in Court Square in Montgomery, open for anyone and everyone to come and pray for repentance.
William Owens, a traveling evangelist based in Montgomery, said a while back God gave him a vision to take the altar from the church out into the streets and meet people there. So he had the wooden altar constructed and plans to take it around the country, starting with his hometown.
“The driving force behind this is letting the altar draw people to God,” Owens said. The display isn’t meant to be a revival, he explained — there will be no pulpit or preaching. People are simply invited to pray, and an evangelist will be on hand around the clock to talk with people or answer questions.
Terry Veazey, another Montgomery evangelist and a member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church, is partnering with Owens in the effort.
‘Burdened for our nation’
“My heart has been especially burdened for our nation during the last several months,” Veazey said. “It seems to me that there has been a lack of genuine repentance in the American church and in the general population of the nation.”
Montgomery’s Court Square, where the altar will sit until July 5, was once a slave-trading site. The altar will go to Selma on July 8, then Birmingham, then make its way to other cities around the country.
“People are desperate for hope, and we have the solution — we, the body of Christ, have the solution,” Owens said.
According to his website, the purpose of the altar is to lead people “to cry out to God in repentance and the forgiveness of sins against God and others.” His hope is that this show of humility will bring healing to the nation and ethnic groups.
For more information, visit americasaltar.org.
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