Placing Memorial Stones Along 17-92: Reflections on a 121Hope Prayer Walk

Megan Elkorchi

As I mentioned in my last post, 121Hope is a multi-faceted ministry. We take several approaches in our fight against slavery. One of the simplest, yet most effective approaches we take is that of prayer. Prayer requires little but time and devotion, but yields so much in return. As the Bible tells us, “Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” (Matthew 21:22, ESV). One of our goals at 121Hope is to expand our prayer teams, and have consistent times of prayer for the both the victims and the perpetrators of human trafficking. A few weeks ago, on March 25, 121Hope held our annual Prayer Walk to raise awareness about human trafficking and bring the community together in solidarity with those afflicted. And this we did.

At this year’s annual 121Hope Prayer Walk, several members of Northland’s Prayer Team, 121Hope Volunteers, general Northland members, and survivors of trafficking all gathered on the lawn in front of Northland’s CARE Center. They proceeded to walk down state road 17-92 for over an hour, stopping and praying at places that felt heavy or might be prone to the trafficking industry. Such places include motels, massage parlors and women’s residential facilities in the area. Memory stones were placed along the route to provide encouragement and to memorialize the event. The idea was inspired from Joshua 4, where God parted the Jordan River and instructed Joshua to gather twelve men to collect stones from the bedrock to memorialize one of the greatest stories in the Bible – setting the captives free.  

In addition to the aforementioned groups, a crew of Seminole State College students filmed the prayer walk for a film project. They are putting together a documentary showcasing the issue of human trafficking and portraying what the faith community is doing about it. Look out for more on their project to come! Two survivors were also in attendance, one of which is working directly with 121Hope’s advocacy program. This program partners with Safehouse to help trafficked women exit the industry.  The beautiful thing about prayer is that anyone can do it anywhere, at any time, but the more people we have gathered together in prayer, the louder our voices are, and the more we uplift and inspire each other. Please continue to pray for those affected by human trafficking, and we hope to see you at next year’s Prayer Walk!

Megan Elkorchi is a volunteer with 121Hope. Read her last article, and learn more about 121Hope